Pete Emmel

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Winlink Wednesday

As you know Winlink is a very important tool in the volunteer emergency communicator toolbox.  We want to get South Carolina on the map.  The challenge is to send a Winlink message as explained here, every Wednesday before midnight. And we can get South Carolina on the map. This training task is coordinated by Mark …

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Sat. Jun 08, 2024 10am-3pm ARES/AUXC Quarterly Training (ARES/AUXC)

Registration for the June Quarterly training has been sent out via email. If you did not get it then please contact your ARES EC/DEC. June 8 2024 at the EMD 2779 Fish Hatchery Road, West Columbia SC 29172

This is the Baltimore City fire department radio traffic of Key bridge collapse     This is the first time I have heard first responder traffic during a significant event. This group always remained calm and professional. It would be awesome if the SC amateur volunteer community (ARES and AUXC ) could train to this level of communications. This is also the first time I have heard …

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Significant Weather Event, SCHEART Linked Repeater Network

When a big weather event is expected the SCEMD might requested the SCHEART VHF repeaters be linked statewide during the event. When that happens the state EOC ( K4EMD ) will be monitoring the SCHEART network for damage reports or other significant information that needs to be relayed to the State Warning Point.. — So …

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Can I do ARES & AUXC Both ?

What is required to join ARES ?

The Amateur Radio Emergency Services team is always looking for new members. People excited about providing communications in an emergency situation.  So how do you join ARES and what is the difference between level 1 and level 2? ARES level 1 is the entry level, join the team come on in and look around. Talk …

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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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Get Ready Volunteer Checklist

If you don’t have a checklist to help you when it comes time to deploy then this is a good stating point.  Download it, print it and add whatever you need. Get Ready Volunteer Checklist


On the 6/8 SCHEART training net Kent Hufford, KQ4KK presented this topic, which was originally written by Christine Smith, N5CAS (sk). It is a long read but it answers so many questions. WORKING WITH PUBLIC SAFETY OFFICIALS Modified from a Waller County, TX ARES training article written by Christine Smith, N5CAS (sk) Meeting the communications …

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Volunteer Organizations Active in Disasters (VOADs) in South Carolina

In a typical disaster situation a county EOC might ask you to deploy to a VOAD site and establish emergency comms to the county EOC and state EOC. Your go box, portable antenna’s and your knowledge of all the possible methods to establish those comms links are essential. Here is a list of every VOAD …

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