SC Midlands ARES Training Net

SC State House visit Wednesday, February 28 in support of H. 4549

From KD5W, Danny Davis, here’s a link to a short video explaining how you can support H. 4549: https://youtu.be/M1QJK83r-kI?si=DNTbsR600yC2n2Dq

Net Control Station Coverage

– To be added to this schedule, Email Joe Wilson, KO4WAA, at jwilso75@yahoo.com

 

Script for the SC Midlands ARES Training Net

– Blank version  of the script for Net Control Station operators to fill in                                                                                                SC Midlands ARES Training Net Script Rev.6.21.23

Notice: For anyone interested in receiving an email summary of announcements in advance of the SC Midlands ARES Training net, please contact Joe Wilson, KO4WAA, jwilso75@yahoo.com to be added to the distribution list.

Announcements / Important near-term dates

Tuesday, April 16 –  (Somrthing we are restarting) SC Winlink Tuesday 2 PM – 10 PM (or any part of that, even 2 or 3 hours)  Take time on Tuesdays to practice using Winlink. Scroll down to Other Business for additional information about SC Winlink Tuesday.

RESCHEDULED Friday, April 19 @ 6 PM (Virtual) SKYWARN ADVANCED SPOTTER TRAINING – Please note, this class was originally scheduled for Thursday, April 11 @ 6 PM. You must re-register for this class if you are interested in attending. Thanks to Steve LaVoie, one of our meteorologists, who will be the presenter. Here is the link to register: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/9170657489885442392.  Course content: A description of the ingredients necessary for severe thunderstorms and tornadoes to form, the stages of thunderstorm development, radar interpretation and other advanced meteorological topics. Basic spotter training is highly encouraged as a prerequisite. Link for additional info and to pre-register:  https://www.weather.gov/media/cae/Spotter_Classes.pdf

Saturday, April 20  Walk MS Location: Riverfront Park 312 Laurel Street, Columbia, 29201 Walk MS is a great event for Amateur Radio enthusiasts of all levels to sharpen their skills while providing a valuable service to our community. For more information and how to volunteer contact Gary, W4GWH, at W4GWH1@gmail.com Walk MS link: https://events.nationalmssociety.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=donorDrive.event&eventID=1734

Sunday, April 21 Rookie Roundup 6 hours (from 1800 to 2359 UTC) using Single Sideband – Fun activity for those new to the hobby, two years or less, and for all others to support them. Be sure and pass on to any of our new Hams. Link for additional information: https://www.arrl.org/rookie-roundup

Saturday, April 27 CARC Spring Swapfest 2024 from 08:00 till 13:00  Location: Heyward Community Park, in Calhoun County, just 15 miles at 312 Savany Hunt Creek Rd, Gaston, SC 29053. This is a new and very nice location for the event and we hope to have a good turnout. It is always a great opportunity to find that one thing that you have been looking for to complement your gear.

Thursday, May 16 Quarterly CERT/ARES meeting from 6:00-7:30 @ Richland EOC. There will be no Midlands ARES training net that night.

Saturday,  June 8 –  Quarterly ARES / AUXCOMM / COMU training  @  SCEMD – We encourage all to attend and, as it becomes available, we will be posting  details on signing up.

Saturday and Sunday, Weekend of June 22 & 23  ARRL Field Day Link for additional information: https://www.arrl.org/field-day#rules

Saturday and Sunday, Weekend of October 5 & 6 ARES Statewide Communications Exercise
Note from Daniel Boyer: I am happy to announce the 2024 ARES Statewide communications exercise has been scheduled for October 5th and 6th! The exercise will be planned and communicated to the local groups from your ARES leadership. This exercise is designed to encompass our various resources and ability levels to showcase our capabilities. The idea is to host a multi-day event with specific objectives, and timelines. There will be engagement for every level of participant from short time mobile or home bound stations, to overnight camping and long duration operations. I am working with leadership from other communications programs to build a skill list that we can incorporate to meet their needs for completion of their task books as well.

Other Business

SC Winlink Tuesday – Starting April 9 – Something we are restarting – Tuesdays from 2 PM – 10 PM (or any part of that, even 2 or 3 hours)  Take time on Tuesdays to practice using Winlink. Send a message to someone, reply to a message, add a form (template) any mode is fine. Start with Telnet which requires only a computer, but no radio. Once you have practiced Telnet for a while, consider adding your radio; depending on your station, this might require an interface. Then you can experiment with VARA FM, VARA HF and other modes.                A number of stations are available as digipeaters for relaying messages. Some can take messages in P2P (Peer to Peer) mode.  Here’s a link to a Google sheet any user can update and use as a reference to know who is available and when: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/19Uv2PQK2T_H6lgi6dLHAC5OaLvXA-eLktoyLLsALMtQ/edit?usp=sharing.                                                                                                                                                                   Scroll down for additional Winlink learning and practice opportunities. If you want help with Winlink, please send a note to Joe, KO4WAA, jwilso75@yahoo.com or Mark, KN4KRZ @ goddard.mw@gmail.com or Gary, W4GWH at W4GWH1@gmail.com. Help is available!

New Net – There is a new Sumter ARA Rag Chew net that started recently. It is every Thursday at 2000 on 147.015+ 156.7 in Sumter. KN4VKS Andrew is normally net control, I know he would love to have you join in on the net.

ARRL Roanoke Division Q1 2024 Town Hall from Wednesday, March 27 For anyone interested, here’s a link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uxa_q0YpQxE

Updated South Carolina ARES/RACES Tactical Communications Guide – Available at: https://ares-sc.org/tactical-communications-plan/

SC House Bill 4549 The Amateur Radio Antenna Protection Act – The bill will need to be brought back in the next session of the legislature. For now, the following representatives have indicated support for the bill: Pedalino, Guffey, Taylor, Leber, Felder, Hardee, Burns, Lawson, Forrest, Hixon, Carter, S. Jones, M.M. Smith, Caskey, Brewer, Magnuson and Pope. If your representative is not on the list and you have not already, consider contacting your representative and encouraging their support. Links for more information: https://www.scstatehouse.gov/sess125_2023-2024/bills/4549.htm  and https://www.scstatehouse.gov/CommitteeInfo/houselci.php

ARES: ‘With a goal of recruiting and developing greater participation in the ARRL Amateur Radio Emergency Service® (ARES®), the Board has approved, at the recommendation of the Emergency Communications and Field Services Committee, a commitment to expand messaging and marketing for the program.’ Looks like we are going to get some much-needed publicity and an opportunity for us to grow our active membership.

Winlink learning resources 

WINLINK – For anyone struggling getting started with Winlink, the first 10 minutes of this video can help you go from Zero to Winlink TelnetInstalling Winlink & Creating Your Account

There are many online resources available to help users learn Winlink.  Two of the better  Winlink resources are linked here: Winlink-Workshop-WK1-WK11- Zoom-Series – RATPAC           WaveTalkers Guide: Winlink

Winlink practice opportunities

a) Anytime – Send a message(s) 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) SC Winlink Tuesdays from 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 @ goddard.mw@gmail.com.

c) On any day of the week at any time, you can send messages to the group in Florida W4AKH Winlink Net.

d) On Wednesdays at any time, you can send messages to the Winlink Wednesday group Winlink Wednesday.

e) On some (but not all) Thursdays, you can send messages to the Winlink Thursday group Winlink Thursdays

From National Weather Service – SKYWARN Spotter training

NWS spotter refresher training For those of you who have not taken the spotter training in a while and feel you may have forgotten some of the aspects of the training, we have uploaded a video to our YouTube page which serves as a short refresher: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TVF3_8nRkP4&t=7s

Storm Spotter Facebook page Thanks to all who have expressed interest in the Storm Spotter Facebook page. Due to Facebook’s restrictions with the number of invites you can send at a time, it is difficult to send invites to our large list of Storm Spotters. If you are interested in joining the Storm Spotter Facebook page, please follow this link: https://www.facebook.com/groups/586466339632587 So far, we have 50 Spotters on the page and once we get more folks into the group we will start to post in it!

Are you considering becoming a member of ARES?  If so, you’ll want to contact your County ARES Emergency Coordinator (EC) or ARES District Emergency Coordinator (DEC) from the Leadership Directory linked below. They will explain expectations and the requirements for becoming a member of ARES.                                                                             Link to ARES Leadership: https://ares-sc.org/leadership-directory/

ARES The primary on-line reference resource for South Carolina ARES members and leaders is linked here:            South Carolina Amateur Radio Emergency Services – SC ARES (ares-sc.org)

Are you interested in helping with emergency communications in your county EOC? Contact your county Emergency Manager or your County ARES EC.  For Richland County CERT, scroll down to find an application.

As members of ARES, 3 important documents that all of us need to be familiar with: 

1) ARES Membership – South Carolina ARES (ares-sc.org)ARES Registration Form– To join ARES, this is where to start. If you have not already, please complete the registration form. A lot of us, me included, didn’t do this when we started, so we need to catch up. Please send a pdf file to your EC and keep a copy for yourself. Notice: This form includes a place to indicate bands and modes you can operate. Of course, that can change over time as you acquire new skills and/or new equipment. So, periodically, it’s a good idea to update this information for yourself and the EC.

2) ARES Plan (arrl.org)  The ARRL ARES Plan 7/1/22 – This is the current ARRL guidance document which describes what I’m expected to do as EC and what we are expected to do as individuals and as a group as members of ARES. This plan references Levels 1, 2, and 3 expectations and includes responsibilities for ARES Staff positions. It’s important for ARES members to be familiar with the content of this plan in order for us to understand and successfully execute the mission of ARES.

3) ARRL-ARES-STANDARDIZED-TRAINING-TASK-BOOK  The ARES Emergency Communicator Individual Task Book – This is where each of us document and track our ARES training referenced in the ARRL ARES Plan.

  • Please print a copy of the task book and update it to reflect training you have completed.
  • Notice that each item is coded R = Required, O = Optional, E = Encouraged.
  • As you complete an item, please enter the “Completion Date” in the appropriate column. There is also a column for the EC, or DEC to sign off each item. We can do that when we are face-to-face at monthly club meetings, monthly breakfast (Ham and Eggs), or whenever there’s an opportunity.

What I’d like to see as EC for Richland: 

(This is, admittedly, the Richland EC perspective. Other County ECs may see things differently. Contact your County EC for guidance.) 

As for ARES training, in summary: 

  • If you haven’t already, please complete the ARES Registration form and send a copy to me. Please review and update this record periodically to keep it current.
  • If you haven’t already, please print and update a copy of the ARES Emergency Communicator Individual Task Book. Next time we are face-to-face I’ll review and sign off items you have completed.
  • If you are new to ARES, work to make progress to complete Level 1.
  • If you’ve completed Level 1, work to make progress to complete Level 2.
For anyone interested in pursuing ARES Level 3 or AUXCOMM, please contact me to discuss these options.   ARES Level 3 – For those interested in ARES Leadership — This level of training prepares ARES participants to take on leadership positions such as EC, AEC, ADEC, DEC, ASEC, and SEC, and other designated positions in the ARES program. AUXCOMMFor those possessing a strong desire to be heavily involved with emergency communications. AUXCOMM is not simple. We want people to understand the obligations they are signing up for should they choose this path.

Other things available to supplement and improve our emergency communication skills: 

Local nets – Nets are typically how we connect with others during an emergency. Local nets provide an opportunity to learn and practice emergency communication skills. We have nets on VHF repeater, Simplex and HF providing multiple ways to connect and practice our radio skills. Just as important, nets provide us with a good way to learn the names, callsigns, voices and locations of those we’ll likely be working with during an emergency.

  • SC Midlands ARES Training Net – Thursday at 8:30 PM, on 147.330 MHz, (+) offset, PL Tone 156.7 Hz.
  • SC Statewide ARES HF Training Net – Every Tuesday at 6:00 PM on 3.990 (+/-) LSB
  • Central SC CARC Simplex Net – 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month on 146.400 MHz

Message traffic – Be a sender or receiver of ICS-213 messages in local nets, or practice on your own.

Net Control Station (NCS) – Learn to run a net by covering as NCS occasionally, or you can participate in the NCS rotation. You’ll want to practice and be ready if called upon to run a net during an emergency. AEC/EC – Consider becoming a Couty ARES Alternate Emergency Coordinator (AEC) or a County ARES Emergency Coordinator (EC).

CERT business – While ARES membership is not required to be in the CERT group, the emergency communication skills you learn and practice in ARES most certainly apply to everything you would do as part of the CERT group.

Amateur Radio Emergency Communications opportunities available to you

Amateur Radio – Emergency Communications Opportunities Handout Rev. 4.14.24

An important aspect of Emergencey Communication is Interoperability – Here’s a link where you can learn more about it: South Carolina Interoperable Communications (sc.gov)

  

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) https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=qNNz3aqkGwc&list=PLD9Z0YRY2Cqwglu6oyVBWXpSfpQy9KgfG&index=8 Linked here: https://youtu.be/qNNz3aqkGwc

Comm Academy, April 9, 2022

Comm Academy The presentations from the 2022 Comm Academy are accessible by following this link: Comm Academy 2022 KN4KRZ 
COMM ACADEMY is no longer active.  Archived files are available here: https://www.ww7mst.org/comm-academy

Reminders

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 @ goddard.mw@gmail.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. Link to ARES Task book: 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)

Skywarn – Skywarn Storm Spotter Program (weather.gov)

Space weather – From Spaceweather.com SpaceWeather.com

RATPAC Radio Amateur Training Planning and Activities Committee available online here: RATPAC (google.com).

Winlink Global Radio Email

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-Workshop-WK1-WK11- Zoom-Series – RATPAC              WaveTalkers Guide: Winlink

Winlink practice opportunities

a) Anyday, anytime – 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) SC Winlink Tuesday We have a number of station operators who are learning or fairly new to Winlink and who want to develop or practice their VARA 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. 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. Here’s a link to the Google sheet any user can update and use as a reference to know who is available and when: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/19Uv2PQK2T_H6lgi6dLHAC5OaLvXA-eLktoyLLsALMtQ/edit?usp=sharing.  If you need help accessing the “SC Winlink Tuesday” spreadsheet please send a note to Mark, KN4KRZ, at goddard.mw@gmail.com

c) Florida Winlink Net – On any day of the week, you can send messages to the group in Florida W4AKH Winlink Net.

d) On Wednesdays, you can send messages to the Winlink Wednesday group Winlink Wednesday.

e) On (some, but not all) Thursdays you can send messages to the Winlink Thursday group Winlink Thursdays

Congaree Recap

Saturday morning, December 9, a combined group of Richland and Calhoun ARES and CERT members spent most of the morning  evaluating how amateur radio operators might be used to respond to a loss of communications emergency response in and around Congaree National Park
Why?
Well, just like there are gaps in cell phone coverage which can result in a dropped call, for some locations in Richland County, there can be gaps in the Palmetto 800 system coverage used by local law enforcement, fire and EMS personnel. For this exercise, we wanted to determine for those locations, “Can amateur radio help fill that gap?” So, we set up a test to determine that.   
Many thanks to all of you who participated and to Major David Bagwell and Daniel for helping coordinate this exercise! 

 

Congaree Results 

– Completed Readability Summaries

Repeaters –  Congaree Station Readability REPEATERS Rev. 12.17.23 (1)

Simplex – Congaree Station Readability SIMPLEX Rev. 12.17.23 (1)

 

 

Congaree National Park – Exercise Sketch

Command Post

 

Station 2 – 601 and 48 – Dennis and Matthew

Station 3 – Kingville – John and Paul

Station 6 – Bates Boat Landing – Clay and Phil

Station 7 – Bannister Bridge – Jay and Richard

Station 9 – Turkey Track – Phil and Lee

 

Station 10- Robert and Richard

 

Station 11 – Joe and Dukes

Documents for Congaree National Park Exercise

Current Assignments as of 12.5.23 and Check-in sequence for Repeaters and Simplex Congaree Exercise Supplement – Current Operator Assignments Rev.12.5.23

ICS-205 for Dec. 9th Congaree National Park Exercise ICS-205 CONGAREE NATIONAL PARK EXERCISE

Forms for REPEATER Check-ins  BRING A FEW PRINTED COPIES OF THE FORM  WITH YOU (PDF or WORD) Blank PDF version  Congaree REPEATERS Check-ins PDF Rev. 12.7.23_1                                                                                     Blank WORD version Congaree REPEATERS Check-ins WORD Rev. 12.7.23_2                                                                            REVIEW Example and Instructions for REPEATER Check-ins Congaree REPEATERS Example and Instructions PDF Rev.12.7.23_3

Forms for SIMPLEX Check-ins BRING A FEW PRINTED COPIES OF THE FORM  WITH YOU (PDF or WORD)        Blank PDF version Congaree SIMPLEX Check-ins PDF Rev. 12.7.23_4                                                                                  Blank WORD version Congaree SIMPLEX Check-ins WORD Rev.12.7.23_5                                                                                  REVIEW Example and Instructions for SIMPLEX Check-ins Congaree SIMPLEX Example and Instructions PDF Rev. 12.7.23_6

Congaree Exercise – Completed Readability Summaries

Repeaters –  Congaree Station Readability REPEATERS Rev. 12.17.23 (1)

Simplex – Congaree Station Readability SIMPLEX Rev. 12.17.23 (1)

Amateur Radio – This handout limked here provides a brief description of EMCOMM opportunities available to you Amateur Radio – Emergency Communications Opportunities Handout Rev. 4.14.24

Richland ARES/CERT old business – Archived notes from previous nets:

SC-Midlands-ARES-Training-Net-notes-for-10.26.23

SC-Midlands-ARES-Training-Net-notes-for-9.28.23

SC Midlands ARES Training Net notes for 9.14.23 S

C Midlands ARES Training Net Notes for 8.24.23

SC Midlands ARES Training Net notes for 8.3.23

SC-Midlands-ARES-Training-Net-notes-for-7.13.23

SC Midlands ARES Training Net notes for 4.27.23

SC Midlands ARES Training Net notes for 2.2.23

SC Midlands ARES Training Net notes for 9.15.22

SC Midlands ARES Training Net notes for 9.8.2022

SC-Midlands-ARES-Training-Net-notes-for-9.15.22.pdf

 

Winlink learning resources 

WINLINK – For anyone struggling getting started with Winlink, the first 10 minutes of this video can help you go from Zero to Winlink TelnetInstalling Winlink & Creating Your Account

There are many online resources available to help users learn Winlink.  Two of the better  Winlink resources are linked here: Winlink-Workshop-WK1-WK11- Zoom-Series – RATPAC           WaveTalkers Guide: Winlink

Winlink practice opportunities

a) Anytime – Send a message(s) 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) SC Winlink Tuesdays from 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 @ goddard.mw@gmail.com.

c) On any day of the week at any time, you can send messages to the group in Florida W4AKH Winlink Net.

d) On Wednesdays at any time, you can send messages to the Winlink Wednesday group Winlink Wednesday.

e) On some (but not all) Thursdays, you can send messages to the Winlink Thursday group Winlink Thursdays

From National Weather Service

NWS spotter refresher training For those of you who have not taken the spotter training in a while and feel you may have forgotten some of the aspects of the training, we have uploaded a video to our YouTube page which serves as a short refresher: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TVF3_8nRkP4&t=7s

Storm Spotter Facebook page Thanks to all who have expressed interest in the Storm Spotter Facebook page. Due to Facebook’s restrictions with the number of invites you can send at a time, it is difficult to send invites to our large list of Storm Spotters. If you are interested in joining the Storm Spotter Facebook page, please follow this link: https://www.facebook.com/groups/586466339632587 So far, we have 50 Spotters on the page and once we get more folks into the group we will start to post in it!

Are you considering becoming a member of ARES?  If so, you’ll want to contact your County ARES Emergency Coordinator (EC) or ARES District Emergency Coordinator (DEC) from the Leadership Directory linked below. They will explain expectations and the requirements for becoming a member of ARES.                                                                             Link to ARES Leadership: https://ares-sc.org/leadership-directory/

ARES The primary on-line reference resource for South Carolina ARES members and leaders is linked here:            South Carolina Amateur Radio Emergency Services – SC ARES (ares-sc.org)

Are you interested in helping with emergency communications in your county EOC? Contact your county Emergency Manager or your County ARES EC.  For Richland County CERT, scroll down to find an application.

As members of ARES, 3 important documents that all of us need to be familiar with: 

1) ARES Membership – South Carolina ARES (ares-sc.org)ARES Registration Form– To join ARES, this is where to start. If you have not already, please complete the registration form. A lot of us, me included, didn’t do this when we started, so we need to catch up. Please send a pdf file to your EC and keep a copy for yourself. Notice: This form includes a place to indicate bands and modes you can operate. Of course, that can change over time as you acquire new skills and/or new equipment. So, periodically, it’s a good idea to update this information for yourself and the EC.

2) ARES Plan (arrl.org)  The ARRL ARES Plan 7/1/22 – This is the current ARRL guidance document which describes what I’m expected to do as EC and what we are expected to do as individuals and as a group as members of ARES. This plan references Levels 1, 2, and 3 expectations and includes responsibilities for ARES Staff positions. It’s important for ARES members to be familiar with the content of this plan in order for us to understand and successfully execute the mission of ARES.

3) ARRL-ARES-STANDARDIZED-TRAINING-TASK-BOOK  The ARES Emergency Communicator Individual Task Book – This is where each of us document and track our ARES training referenced in the ARRL ARES Plan.

  • Please print a copy of the task book and update it to reflect training you have completed.
  • Notice that each item is coded R = Required, O = Optional, E = Encouraged.
  • As you complete an item, please enter the “Completion Date” in the appropriate column. There is also a column for the EC, or DEC to sign off each item. We can do that when we are face-to-face at monthly club meetings, monthly breakfast (Ham and Eggs), or whenever there’s an opportunity.

What I’d like to see as EC for Richland: 

(This is, admittedly, the Richland EC perspective. Other County ECs may see things differently. Contact your County EC for guidance.) 

As for ARES training, in summary: 

  • If you haven’t already, please complete the ARES Registration form and send a copy to me. Please review and update this record periodically to keep it current.
  • If you haven’t already, please print and update a copy of the ARES Emergency Communicator Individual Task Book. Next time we are face-to-face I’ll review and sign off items you have completed.
  • If you are new to ARES, work to make progress to complete Level 1.
  • If you’ve completed Level 1, work to make progress to complete Level 2.
For anyone interested in pursuing ARES Level 3 or AUXCOMM, please contact me to discuss these options.   ARES Level 3 – For those interested in ARES Leadership — This level of training prepares ARES participants to take on leadership positions such as EC, AEC, ADEC, DEC, ASEC, and SEC, and other designated positions in the ARES program. AUXCOMMFor those possessing a strong desire to be heavily involved with emergency communications. AUXCOMM is not simple. We want people to understand the obligations they are signing up for should they choose this path.

Other things available to supplement and improve our emergency communication skills: 

Local nets – Nets are typically how we connect with others during an emergency. Local nets provide an opportunity to learn and practice emergency communication skills. We have nets on VHF repeater, Simplex and HF providing multiple ways to connect and practice our radio skills. Just as important, nets provide us with a good way to learn the names, callsigns, voices and locations of those we’ll likely be working with during an emergency.

  • SC Midlands ARES Training Net – Thursday at 8:30 PM, on 147.330 MHz, (+) offset, PL Tone 156.7 Hz.
  • SC Statewide ARES HF Training Net – Every Tuesday at 6:00 PM on 3.990 (+/-) LSB
  • Central SC CARC Simplex Net – 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month on 146.400 MHz

Message traffic – Be a sender or receiver of ICS-213 messages in local nets, or practice on your own.

Learn and practice Winlink – If you want help with Winlink, please send a note to Joe, KO4WAA, jwilso75@yahoo.com or Mark, KN4KRZ @ goddard.mw@gmail.com or Gary, W4GWH at W4GWH1@gmail.com. Help is available!

Resources to help with learning and practicing are available here: SC Midlands ARES Training Net – South Carolina Amateur Radio Emergency Services (ares-sc.org)  (Scroll down to find Winlink references)

Net Control Station (NCS) – Learn to run a net by covering as NCS occasionally, or you can participate in the NCS rotation. You’ll want to practice and be ready if called upon to run a net during an emergency. AEC/EC – Consider becoming a Couty ARES Alternate Emergency Coordinator (AEC) or a County ARES Emergency Coordinator (EC).

CERT business – While ARES membership is not required to be in the CERT group, the emergency communication skills you learn and practice in ARES most certainly apply to everything you would do as part of the CERT group.

Amateur Radio Emergency Communications opportunities available to you

This is the handout from the July 11 CARC monthly meeting.:  Amateur Radio – July 11 CARC Handout_1

Thanks, David, for sharing this link to SC Interoperable Communications Public Safety Training: South Carolina Interoperable Communications (sc.gov)

  

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) https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=qNNz3aqkGwc&list=PLD9Z0YRY2Cqwglu6oyVBWXpSfpQy9KgfG&index=8 Linked here: https://youtu.be/qNNz3aqkGwc

Comm Academy, April 9, 2022

Comm Academy The presentations from the 2022 Comm Academy are accessible by following this link: Comm Academy 2022 KN4KRZ 
COMM ACADEMY is no longer active.  Archived files are available here: https://www.ww7mst.org/comm-academy

Reminders

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 @ goddard.mw@gmail.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. Link to ARES Task book: 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)

Skywarn – Skywarn Storm Spotter Program (weather.gov)

Space weather – From Spaceweather.com SpaceWeather.com

RATPAC Radio Amateur Training Planning and Activities Committee available online here: RATPAC (google.com).

Winlink Global Radio Email

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-Workshop-WK1-WK11- Zoom-Series – RATPAC              WaveTalkers Guide: Winlink

Winlink practice opportunities

a) Anyday, anytime – 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) SC Winlink Tuesday We have a number of station operators who are learning or fairly new to Winlink and who want to develop or practice their VARA 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. 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. Here’s a link to the Google sheet any user can update and use as a reference to know who is available and when: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/19Uv2PQK2T_H6lgi6dLHAC5OaLvXA-eLktoyLLsALMtQ/edit?usp=sharing.  If you need help accessing the “SC Winlink Tuesday” spreadsheet please send a note to Mark, KN4KRZ, at goddard.mw@gmail.com

c) Florida Winlink Net – On any day of the week, you can send messages to the group in Florida W4AKH Winlink Net.

d) On Wednesdays, you can send messages to the Winlink Wednesday group Winlink Wednesday.

e) On (some, but not all) Thursdays you can send messages to the Winlink Thursday group Winlink Thursdays

RICHLAND CERT – Communications Emergency Response Team

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 goddard.mw@gmail.com. Pictured (Left to right): W1GTT, W4GWH, KN4KRZ, KK4HTR, W1MRC, KM4RCN, K4AJJ

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