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.

ICS and Other Certifications

Other Certifications

2017 Tanner Hospital Schedule

2017 Proposed Schedule

Month Operator 1 Operator 2
January --- ---
February WD8LQT WX4BK
March KT4W N4FWD
September WD8LQT N4BWR
October N4FWD KT4W
November WX4BK N4BWR
December KF4RPQ N4FWD


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.