Pete Emmel

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Important Dates coming up.

Mark your calendar for these important dates. More details when we get a bit closer. Nov 4th   –  Saturday,  quarterly ARES / AUXCOMM / COMU training  VIRTUAL Feb 3 2024  –  Saturday,  quarterly ARES / AUXCOMM / COMU training AT  SCEMD Watch your email for an opportunity to register.  Keep your SPAM folder cleared …

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ARES Situational Awareness SET is scheduled

If you want to send in multiple FSRs the LAT/LON must be unique or the last one will overwrite the prior ones. Sending in more than one with the same LAT/LON is considered an update to the original. The call sign on the last FSR gets a pin on the map. If you want you …

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FEMA and FCC Plan Nationwide Emergency Alert Test for Oct 4 2023

WASHINGTON — FEMA, in coordination with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), will conduct a nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS) and Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) this fall. Test Messages Will be Sent to All TVs, Radios and Cell Phones. FEMA and FCC Plan Nationwide Emergency Alert Test for Oct 4 2023

Clay Chaney (NWS GPS), presentation on Winter Weather as it relates to our area. 11/7 at 1830

The Pickens County Communications Group will be hosting Clay Chaney (NWS GPS) for a virtual presentation on Winter Weather as it relates to our area. This is an important training for the upcoming winter weather season. This will take place on 11/7 at 1830. A huge thank you to Tom Poole, W4ATP and his team …

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Shake Out Earthquake Drill – October 19 2023

  The US Geological Survey (USGS) and Winlink are collaborating to provide “Did you feel it?” (DYFI) earthquake intensity reports via Winlink. SHARES and Amateur Radio Operators are therefore invited to send an EXERCISE Winlink “Did you feel it?” (DYFI) message to the USGS during Shakeout! For more information please click

We Recognize:

             Robert Webster, WR8RW   &   Tom Smith, KK4NTI

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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

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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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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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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