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. 


FEMA Preparedness for the General Public

  I was recently having a conversation with someone about FEMA Independent Study courses online that we've taken specifically for emergency communications. Someone else joined the conversation and asked us if any of the courses that FEMA provides would be helpful to the general public. In fact, there are quite a few useful courses for the general public. Some may not be applicable to everyone. For instance, you may not have children or animals or live in an area that is likely to be affected by an earthquake or tsunami. Note: Before taking the exam for each course, you must apply for a FEMA Student ID here, which is free.

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.

ARES Net Training Ideas

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.