Published: Sunday, 09 April 2017 18:44
Written by Blake Raab (N4BWR)
This is probably going to be a work in progress. This is a list of topics and ideas that I think might be good areas to address in ARES training nets. I'm reading through a manual for the ARRL EC-001 course, and it's giving me ideas because I either want to learn more about a specific topic, want clarification, or think the topic would be a good one to teach a general ARES group.
1. Attitude - The EC-001 training material says your attitude has everything to do with emergency communications and volunteering in ARES. They said that, historically, it has been our weakest point. I was also thinking about the fact that any organization we work with is often referred to as a "served agency", and that's kind of telling. We're there to serve, not because we know more than someone else, or they can't do their jobs without us.
2. Network Theory - The idea that there are many methods of passing information, and they can vary based on speed, precision, and whether communicating on that method can interfere with others or tie up the system while it's being sent. Also related to this is the idea we don't have to be stuck on using ham radio. Why use ham radio when your email works?
3. ARRL Radiogram or ICS-213 - Which one does the local ARES or served agencies use? Does the ARRL radiogram even fit when you're working with a served agency under ICS? (I'm curious about this). Cover prowords, passing traffic efficiently, and the need to learn the details of how to pass radiogram/ICS-213 traffic in a standardized way.