The South Carolina Midlands ARES Training Net meets each Thursday at 8:30 pm local time on the Little Mountain on frequency 147.210 MHz with a positive offset and a PL tone of 156.7 Hz. All amateur radio operators are welcome and encouraged to check in. You need not be a member of ARES.
ARES/CERT related business – posted 5.17.22
ARES related business
Richland Communication Emergency Response Team (CERT) related business
Please notice! This has been cancelled for this month. The next “hands-on” training opportunity will be Friday, June 24, the day before Field Day.
Thanks, David, for sharing this link to SC Interoperable Communications Public Safety Training: South Carolina Interoperable Communications (sc.gov)
June 1 – November 30 – Links to follow for information
Hurricane Watch Net – The Hurricane Watch Net (hwn.org) When activated, you will find us on 14.325 MHz (USB) by day and 7.268 MHz (LSB) by night. If propagation dictates, daytime operations will be conducted on both frequencies simultaneously.
Basics – Good for new or seasoned radio operators
This is an excellent (and short, 35 minutes) presentation for anyone interested in Amateur Radio, and especially Emergency Communications (ARES, RACES, AUXCOMM)
Linked here: https://youtu.be/qNNz3aqkGwc
Comm Academy, April 9, 2022
This is happened Saturday, April 9. The topics (listed above) certainly relate to the hobby and emergency communications. Here’s a link to learn more: Comm Academy
The presentations from the 2022 Comm Academy are accessible by following this link: Comm Academy 2022
Richland ARES CERT
Congratulations to the first group of Richland ARES members to join the Richland County Communications Emergency Response Team (CERT). An important role for ARES is to help with emergency communications of “served agencies.” Richland County Emergency Services is certainly a served agency that we want to be able to help when the need arises.
With guidance from David E. Bagwell Jr., W4DZF, this group has completed established prerequisite requirements to work in the Richland EOC and assist with emergency communications. We look forward to learning to operate communication systems in the Richland EOC and we are exploring other opportunities to collaborate with Richland County Emergency Services. If you are interested in joining this group, there will be additional opportunities. Please contact Mark, KN4KRZ, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pictured (Left to right): W1GTT, W4GWH, KN4KRZ, KK4HTR, W1MRC, KM4RCN, K4AJJ
Archived notes from previous nets
The recording from the March 24th Commex recap Zoom call is linked here: https://us02web.zoom.us/rec/
SC Winlink Tuesday 2 PM – 10 PM (or any part of that, even 2 or 3 hours) This will continue, and the weekly Google spreadsheet will remain available. Learn and practice Winlink. A number of stations are available to contact and use as relays in digipeater mode. Scroll down for additional information about Winlink related resources. For help, please contact Mark, KN4KRZ @ email@example.com.
SC Statewide ARES HF Net – Tuesday at 6:00 PM on frequency 3.990 (+/-) LSB SC Statewide ARES HF Net
Statewide ARES VHF Net: Sunday night at 8:00 PM Columbia 146.715 Tone 91.5
SCHEART ESF-8 Training Net: Thursday morning at 9:00 AM Columbia 146.715 Tone 91.5
Standardized Task Books Please devote some time to work on your training and get your standardized task books signed off. Many of the items can be done online. Some of the items ECs/AECs can help with. Task book linked here: Microsoft Word – ARRL ARES STANDARDIZED TRAINING TASK BOOK V1.2.1.docx
Links worth knowing about
National Weather Service – 7-Day Forecast 34N 81.05W (weather.gov)
Space weather – From Spaceweather.com – SpaceWeather.com
RATPAC Radio Amateur Training Planning and Activities Committee available online here: RATPAC (google.com).
We continue to focus on Winlink as a key skill for emergency communications. At this time, we anticipate our next interim exercise, tentatively scheduled for March 5, will include passing traffic using multiple Winlink modes.
Why Winlink? Voice is not always the optimal communication option. Consider: you’re on a noisy HF band requiring repeats and/or relays, or you have a long list of supplies needed for an evacuation shelter, or you want to send a photograph from a disaster scene to emergency management. Winlink is a practical and reliable option in these instances.
Winlink learning resources
There are many online resources available to help users learn Winlink.
Two of the better resources are linked here:
Winlink practice opportunities
a) Send messages to yourself, or another operator’s station. Practice attaching forms (from Select Template) or photographs. Note, the total size of a Winlink message after compression including all file attachments may not exceed 120 kb.
b) On any day of the week, you can send messages to the group in Florida W4AKH Winlink Net.
c) On Wednesdays, you can send messages to the Winlink Wednesday group Winlink Wednesday.
d) On Thursdays, you can send messages to the Winlink Thursday group Winlink Thursdays
SC Winlink Tuesday – SC locals
We have a number of station operators who are fairly new to Winlink and who want to develop or practice their VARA FM skills and determine who can reach whom and via which relay stations.
How you can participate …
For anyone interested in this effort, any of you/us can leave your station set up as a digipeater on Tuesdays, not for the entire day, but sometime between 2:00 PM and 10:00 PM, or any portion of that – even if it’s only 2 or 3 hours. This is also an opportunity for stations to practice Winlink VARA P2P, but that would require some coordination between participating stations.
We have developed a sharable Google spreadsheet where users can post the days and specific hours they plan to operate using Winlink VARA FM. See the .pdf “SC Winlink Tuesday.” Some stations operate 24/7. Others operate “Ad hoc” – less than 24/7. The” SC Winlink Tuesday” spreadsheet is a handy tool to know who is operating as a digipeater and who you can connect with for testing and practice purposes.
Link to .pdf SC Winlink Tuesday
If you would like to have access to the “SC Winlink Tuesday” spreadsheet please send a note to Mark, KN4KRZ, at firstname.lastname@example.org so I will share the file with you.
VARA FM Stations
Located in Chapin, W1GTT-10 and W1GTT-5 (digipeater) are available 24/7 on frequency 145.530 MHz.
Located in E. Columbia, W1GTT-11 and W1GTT-6 (digipeater) are also available 24/7 on frequency 145.530 MHz.
Other stations are listed here: Vara FM Stations – South Carolina Amateur Radio Emergency Services (ares-sc.org) For additions or corrections to this list, please notify Pete, K4LLE at email@example.com
How to join the Richland County Communication CERT:
1) Complete and submit the application (CERT Application linked below) Forward the completed application to: Bagwell.David@richlandcountysc.gov
2) Attend the FEMA online class IS 317.a, linked below / Provide a copy of a completion document. https://training.fema.gov/is/courseoverview.aspx?code=IS-317.a
3) Pass the background check.
4) Attend the RC CERT /EOC Training at the RCEOC (3) hours. Feel free to share. We will set a class date as soon as we get some applications back.
D.E. Bagwell Jr. Division Captain, Richland County Emergency Services Department
Link to CERT application: CERT Application