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FEMA RECCWG Region 4 & Region 6 May 31-June 1 Communications Outage Exercise.

ARES,  RACES,  AuxComm or ANY Amateur Radio Station is requested to participate in the FEMA Exercise involving  Region 4 (Southeast) and Region 6. This takes about 5 minutes and since South Carolina is NOT in one of the 4 disaster areas hit, the “ground truth” you will share with the requested Winlink Form can be …

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Sat. Jun 04, 2022 10:00-15:00 South Carolina Emergency Management Division West Columbia SC Gabe Turner  CW2 (SC) Communications Manager CLICK to register for the June training event.  

2022 CommEX Results

Rollup from  3/19/22  Exercise 27 Counties represented Total 11 actual EOC’s and 2 County trailers deployed  (Beaufort and Cherokee) 1 Municipal EOC (Myrtle Beach EOC) 5 Hospitals 1 Nursing Center (Saluda Nursing Center) 73 resource requests processed via radio 209 winlink messages received. Unsure on total number of actual traffic received but will compute that …

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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:

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: 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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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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SC Emergency Management Division AUXCOMM program for Amateur Radio Operator volunteers

View Video: Download Video: Documents: “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: Download Video: Documents: —> Provided by RATPAC…Radio Amateur Training Planning and Activities Committee 8/12/2021

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

When to self ID

Riley Hollingsworth is the ARRL guy managing the Volunteer Monitor program and he has cleared up a few things about when you must self ID.  This applies to operating on amateur radio frequencies ONLY.  If you are operating on a frequency outside of the amateur radio bands you will follow the direction given by the …

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