More Certifications

I have just completed the ARRL's EC-001, Introduction to Emergency Communication course as well as EC-015 (or PR-101), the public relations course. I would highly recommend EC-001 for any amateur radio operator who wants to get involved with ARES and emergency communications. The course was made infinitely more valuable by the presence of my assigned mentor, N3KRX. He did not just put a check mark on my assignments and move on. As someone with extensive experience and training in the field, he responded to each of my assignments with lengthy (and much appreciated) emails clarifying points in the lesson, getting into more depth, and showing me real world examples of how it applies. He even talked with me about some of my experiences to make things that much more relatable. 


Recorded Carroll County ARES Nets

For anyone coming here to find the recordings of the Carroll County ARES nets, you can find the link, called "Recorded Carroll County ARES Nets" under the EmComm Links section on the left, or click here.

ICS and Other Certifications

Other Certifications

Satellites as Emergency Communications Tools

Weird ideas come to me when I'm lying in bed trying to sleep. Last night was no exception. With the HF bands being really crappy for awhile now, I was thinking about the challenges and alternatives, as they relate to emergency communications. Even with an NVIS antenna configuration to make contact just outside the affected area, HF could be really noisy and even unworkable at times. I started thinking about one of my favorite ways to play with ham radio, and it hit me. Forgive me if you've had this idea, but it's new to me. I thought about the fact that it's almost impossible to exchange much meaningful information in the span of an FM voice satellite pass, and that the ISS digipeater is really your only option. Then I had a realization. In an actual emergency, what's to stop you from transmitting packet or any other digital mode on a voice satellite? Yes, it's really bad practice on the average day. But if the world is falling apart in your area, (1) the rest of the world has probably seen it on the news, and they're not going to fault you (or shouldn't) for transmitting digital noise on the satellite, and (2) the people in the affected area with you probably aren't having fun QSOs on the bird, either. Just a random thought that hit me, and another potential tool to add to the arsenal. In emcomm, it doesn't have to be pretty. It just has to get the job done.