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Volunteer Communications in SC .. RatPac Presentation on June 9 2022

Topics discussed: 2022 State full scale exercise,  Auxcomm,  FEMA region 4/6 comm exercise. Presenters: Gretchen Birt Dennison Comer Gabe Turner Roger Mull   click on the picture to watch the RatPac video Thanks to the RatPac team for giving us the opportunity to present this.  

Difference between ARES, RACES and Auxcomm, in South Carolina

ARES: FCC Licensed Amateur Radio Operators who have voluntarily registered their qualifications and equipment, with the local ARES leadership, for communications duty in the public service when disaster strikes. ARRL/ARES provides basic training curriculum and exercise opportunities. The list of agencies a volunteer might end up serving is long but could include a County EOC/CERT, Hospital …

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RF Line-of-Sight Map

Online tool we can use to see if we have clear line of sight for simplex operation. Take a look: https://www.scadacore.com/tools/rf-path/rf-line-of-sight/

EmComm Power, Solar & Battery

Batteries,  solar panels and solar charge controllers. Which is best for EmComm ? RF Quiet solar charge controller, Series vs Parallel panels, PWM or MPPT, which is best ? View Vimeo Video: https://vimeo.com/669261305 Provided by the RatPack group. Suggestions to live by: -> Never plug a solar panel directly into a battery <- -> Make sure the solar …

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SC Emergency Management Division AUXCOMM program for Amateur Radio Operator volunteers

View Video: https://vimeo.com/590153252 Download Video: https://vimeo.com/user107547861/download/590153252/f697f7a109 Documents: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/5y3ibk6b1zquux9/AAAq5sKztpxikh1pIDgxlMkAa?dl=0 “There is a lot to like in this talk.  Most of it is role model/best practice” Erik Westgard NY9D   The insurance question is at time stamp 53:40   South Carolina is a home rule state: Home rule in the United States generally signifies a shift of governing power from the state …

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Integrating Amateur Radio DMR into a State Communications Plan

  View Video: https://vimeo.com/586961385 Download Video: https://vimeo.com/user107547861/download/586961385/f71194f2a6 Documents: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/xpk08dm5nw69a0l/AACiHHyaaMqr0ANPy2BcasKma?dl=0 —> Provided by RATPAC…Radio Amateur Training Planning and Activities Committee 8/12/2021

Field Guide for Handhelds (HT)

  Everyone in Emergency Management should know about this book. Consider if you are at a deployment and someone shows up with an HT that needs to be programmed to be useful. But nobody is familiar with the HT and the owner forgot how to program by the keyboard. This book contains minimal keyboard programming …

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South Carolina ARES Statewide HF Net

  New time and frequency has been announced 3.990 at 6pm Tuesdays for the ARES HF net originating out of South Carolina. All are welcome. Check netlogger for the frequency just in case we moved. In the case of an exercise or actual emergency the frequencies in the Tactical Communications Plan will be followed.

EmComm (Winlink HF & FM) Training group

While this group of folks is not associated with ARES they are committed to emergency comms specifically Winlink ICS traffic. So if you need some training and practice this group is the place to spend your free time. EmComm-Training Group

Local ARES net menu tab

If you would like your ARES net added to this list please send an email to Pete K4LLE at pete.emmel.k4lle@gmail.com with all the info and I will get you on the list.