In This Issue:
ARES® Briefs, Links
The ARRL Lath of Directors, the League’s policymakers, adopted bristles aldermanic objectives for the US Congress, at its Anniversary Affair aftermost month. Some are of adapted absorption to the ARES community. The aboriginal cold is to seek aboriginal aldermanic admission of the Abecedarian Radio Parity Act of 2017, H.R. 555 and of any Senate accompaniment bill that ability be introduced. H.R. 555 austere the House on January 23. The implications for emergency and adversity acknowledgment operators, abnormally in adjacency and community-based organizations such as CERT and ARES, are abstruse in agreement of actuality able to enhance their programs and bigger confined their constituencies.
Also, the League will seek acceptance of the altered resources, capabilities, and ability of the Abecedarian Radio Account in any legislation acclamation advice issues accompanying to emergencies, disasters, or civic security. Added on ARRL aldermanic objectives here.
FEMA Arena X Belletrist Addition Acknowledged HF Interoperability Exercise (1/20/17); Ohio ARES Adds 6 Meters to its VHF Simplex Challenge (1/13/17)
2016 ARES Anniversary Report
Recently ARRL Acreage Casework agents accept fabricated a concerted accomplishment to beforehand advertisement aural the ARES program. The capital cold was to use information, submitted from ARRL Breadth Emergency Coordinators (which is acquired from account belletrist by Emergency Coordinators and District Emergency Coordinators) to accomplish a basal address assuming the amount that ARES provides to our communities, states and the nation through accord with ally at all levels. In aboriginal 2016, the aboriginal basal address on the cachet of ARES was appear (see ARES in 2015, in the January, 2016, ARES E-Letter). The 2016 ARES Anniversary Address is now available. The address appearance basal abstracts fatigued from SEC reports, a breakdown of ARES abstracts by accompaniment and FEMA region, and a adapted claiming for 2017.
In accession to the anniversary ARES report, ARRL Acreage Casework agents will additionally be bearing their own account report, to be appear in the ARES E-Letter, assuming account abstracts for ARES, as able-bodied as advice about ARRL HQ emergency accommodation and acreage account agents activities. Sharing advice about what ARES provides at all levels is analytical to our assignment overall, as adamantine numbers accommodate bigger detail about our work. We all allegation to pitch-in to ensure that our contributions are counted, and actuality at HQ we will be abiding to do our part.
The anniversary address and account belletrist may be begin online.
Mike Corey, KI1U, ARRL Emergency Accommodation Manager
Orlando Hamcation® ARRL/ARES Forum
The Orlando Hamcation was arranged this accomplished weekend, absorption the all-embracing beforehand and bloom of the abecedarian account association in the country. The acclimate was complete for the behemothic alfresco flea market, and the big tents were awash with exhibitors and agog hams accretion billowing artificial accoutrements of goodies. There were abounding luminaries in attendance: ARRL CEO Tom Gallagher, NY2RF, and QCWA President Ken Oelke, VE6AFO, added notables such as Bob Heil, K9EID, Carole Perry, WB2MGP, and Gordon West, WB6NOA, and ARRL legends including longtime Southeastern Division Director Frank Butler, W4RH, who at 92, collection all the way from the western end of the Florida batter to adore the show.
The forums were additionally continuing allowance only. The ARRL Section/Division Appointment was captivated on Saturday morning, with admirers associates overflowing to the alfresco of the covering entrance. ARRL Southeastern Division Director Greg Sarratt, W4OZK, and ARRL Arctic Florida Breadth Manager Steve Szabo, WB4OMM, abbreviated Division and Breadth action respectively, with ARRL CEO Tom Gallagher, NY2RF,
discussing ARRL HQ affairs and goals. Szabo alien added League admiral including Southeastern Division Vice Director Joe Tiritilli, N4ZUW; Southern Florida Breadth Manager Jeff Beals, WA4AW; West Central Florida Breadth Manager Darrell Davis, KT4WX; and Alabama Breadth Manager Jvann Martin, W4JVM. Abounding ARES members, SECs, DECs and ECs were additionally present and introduced, above-mentioned the alive discourse.
While altercation focused on how to accretion added absorption and absorption of adolescent bodies and hams, there was additionally altercation of Hurricane Matthew responses, beginning from the monster storm that attacked the arena aftermost Fall. Afterwards action belief and acquaint abstruse were discussed. Comments from the admirers ran the breadth of interests, but the one animadversion that addled me the best came from a affiliate of the Lakeland Abecedarian Radio Club who said that the club had faced
crumbling appearance at club affairs and associates until they alone the business portions of the affairs in favor of added hands-on, appearance and acquaint demonstrations of equipment, modes and antennas, which angry into big hits. Associates and appearance soared from a bashful 33 associates to over one hundred. That seemed to me a abracadabra ammo that could activation memberships and affairs appearance for all clubs and ARES groups.
The appointment was all positive; there was no abrogating discussion, nor politics. I enjoyed the appointment absolute much, hosted by the consistently animated, agog Steve Szabo, WB4OMM, who did a adept job as MC. Put the 2018 Orlando Hamcation on your calendar for aing year. — K1CE
Hurricane Matthew Follow-Up with Volusia Canton (Florida) Emergency Coordinator
I afresh sat bottomward for coffee with Karl Martin, KG4HBN, Volusia county, Florida, ARES Emergency Coordinator to aftereffect on issues articular in the after-action address he filed on his ARES group’s acknowledgment to the massive Hurricane Matthew hit on the canton aftermost Fall. Martin did an accomplished job of anecdotic acquaint abstruse and action items to assignment on for approaching adventure responses. A few issues were of accepted absorption to ARES groups beyond the country and addled me as abnormally salient: First, he adumbrated “there needs to be added beforehand consultation, cooperation and allocation with added advance organizations such as breadth Abecedarian Radio clubs, CERT organizations, and alive abbey groups for parsing of the bound cardinal of advance operators. Martin acclaimed that abounding ARES volunteers are additionally associates of these added groups who concluded up alive for them instead of ARES with the aftereffect that appeal for operators outstripped accumulation for ARES.
Secondly, badging/identification allegation be provided to advance communicators for admission to acute locations such as shelters, and acceptance by admiral there. Some ARES operators had adversity accepting admission to some shelters and in one case, volunteers were asked to leave.
Thirdly, there were no allure nor antennas begin or apparent at some facilities. Accepting antennas and allure runs pre-placed, alive and apparent would accept fabricated accepting advice systems up and alive added bound and reliably.
In our chat, Martin said he had already followed up on the aboriginal affair by alteration the Volusia ARES (VARES) allotment folio to accommodate fields to analyze the registrant’s availability for ARES deployment as follows: “Will VARES be the alone accumulation you will advance for during an emergency? Do you accept any added obligations? (This includes assignment obligations). Can you deploy? Example: Shelters or acreage location.”
On the additional issue, Martin told me that it had been a attempt to accretion adapted accreditation from the canton Sheriff’s office, as the Sheriff’s action is to complete such badging to the complete minimum necessary. The appointment has been chintzy to this point. Accordingly, it was at times difficult to accretion admission to breadth shelters (schools are acclimated as shelters in
the county) afterwards official badges. This botheration carries over into the aing affair discussed, that is, the absence of, or attendance of bare or non-working allure and antennas in shelters.The county’s schools serve as shelters during adversity situations, and are angry over to the Red Cross for administration during such times. Normally, the schools are beneath the administration of the canton academy board. It has been difficult to accretion admission to the schools during times of peace, as account limitations aftereffect in no academy agents accessible to administer the ARES operators afterwards academy hours for antenna and allure work. And like the Red Cross sometimes, it’s difficult to accretion admission to accessories and admiral afterwards official accreditation from the Sheriff’s office. Added assignment will allegation to be done to dness these issues.
And lastly, ambient and RF babble in the EOC fabricated for a arduous communications ambiance at times. I chatted briefly with Martin about these issues. A clairvoyant of Martin’s afterwards action address wrote a letter on these issues, which was appear in aftermost month’s ARES E-Letter.
I begin Karl Martin, KG4HBN, to be an enthusiastic, realistic, intelligent, and clear Emergency Coordinator and I came abroad from our babble action that our canton ARES affairs was in acceptable calmly and had a ablaze future. That’s important, because that Volusia Canton is added than a abeyant arena aught for above adversity situations, as apparent by aftermost Fall’s appointment from Hurricane Matthew. – K1CE
Excellence in Training: Seventh Anniversary New Hampshire ARES Academy To Be Captivated April 1
The ARRL New Hampshire Breadth has continued been one of the best alive in the country, and has served as a archetypal for accessible account advice protocols and development. The section’s anniversary NH-ARES Academy is no exception, continuing that attitude of excellence; it’s been able in recruiting and training new as able-bodied as adept accessible event, emergency and adversity communications operators for abounding years. This year, the training affairs will be captivated at the New Hampshire Accompaniment Fire Academy in the state’s capitol of Concord, on April 1. The affairs is disconnected into blocks of training capacity analytical to the development of ARES operators’ accomplishment sets.
The affairs will advance off with a presentation on Net Control action and how to assignment calmly in a net environment, accomplished by Assistant Breadth Cartage Manager John Gotthartd, K1UAF, followed by ARES 101, an addition to the New Hampshire ARES affairs for new members, accomplished by Breadth Emergency Coordinator Wayne Santos, N1CKM. Next, a new breadth for this year advantaged Signals Intelligence (SIGINT), accomplished by Dave Colter, WA1ZCN, the section’s Assistant EC for Training, introduces the abstraction and protocols for acquisition adversity acreage intelligence for the state’s administration of Homeland Aegis and Emergency Administration (HSEM) by ecology added radio services.
Message formatting, acutely consistently in a accompaniment of alteration aural the ICS framework, is a action that is at the amount of the ARES mission, and will be addition affair presented, by ARRL New Hampshire Breadth Manager and adept cartage abettor Pete Stohrer, K1PJS.
Hospital Abutment is addition affair to be presented; New Hampshire’s ARES affairs provides abutment to all of the state’s hospitals. Operating affairs and new protocols will be discussed by Merle Weber, KB1RJD, and the Hospital Abecedarian Radio Affairs (HARP) team. From the HARP operating manual, “the purpose of the [manual] is to accommodate guidelines, specific instructions, and advertence advice all-important to connect, configure, and accomplish a HARP Abecedarian Radio base in abutment of advancement emergency communications at New Hampshire hospitals during address convenance drills and absolute emergencies, application analog and agenda accouterments and software for bulletin exchange.”
A altercation of Go Kit Basics will be led by Alan Bradford, AE1H, from Southern Grafton Canton ARES, for new associates and those defective to booty a beginning attending at their go kit.
The analytical accent of the ARES Alternating Abetment Aggregation (ARESMAT) protocol/concept was brought to the attic already afresh during Hurricane Matthew back appeal for adversity acknowledgment communicators outstripped the accumulation of ARES operators in abounding states. The academy’s Addition to ARESMAT will call how the affairs works to accumulation operators from alfresco the afflicted areas in a adjustment of alternating aid agreements, how to best use ARESMAT resources, and for the alone ARESMAT-deployed operator: what to expect, and how to adapt for deployment. This advance will be presented by Colter.
For newcomers to HF operation in the ambience of emergency and adversity acknowledgment communications, a advance advantaged HF for Emcomm, will altercate HF antennas and equipment, acting base setups, and operating in the field, accomplished by Stohrer. An all new branch advance for acceptance accepting started with the NBEMS agenda messaging adjustment will be presented by George Blakeslee, N1GB.
A adapted advance on WebEOC Training will be belted to ARES associates who are consistently assigned to a borough EOC, and recommended by their Emergency Coordinators. The advance will be accomplished by a affiliate of the state’s HSEM staff. Presentations/courses on Winlink Express and the Winlink 2000 all-embracing radio email adjustment and an APRS abstruse branch will wind up the academy’s curriculum. For added advice and registration, acquaintance Dave Colter, WA1ZCN, Assistant SEC for Training, ARRL New Hampshire Section.
ARES and RACES in New Hampshire: Seamless Integration and Cooperation
At the accompaniment akin in New Hampshire, ARES and RACES are basically the aforementioned thing. The state’s Homeland Aegis and Emergency Administration (NH HSEM) does not advance a continuing RACES program, and uses NH-ARES to accommodated its advancement advice needs. In the accident that affairs crave operation beneath RACES rules, the plan is to mass-enroll as abounding NH-ARES operators as are bare and advance at that time.
The acumen for this admission is that beneath accompaniment law, the accompaniment allegation accommodate Worker’s Compensation Insurance advantage for all official volunteers. While this was allowable to awning abundance chase and accomplishment volunteers, it includes all volunteers, behindhand of role or agency. NH HSEM has no account for this at present.
Local borough emergency administration agencies may accept to accept bounded hams to be their RACES operators, and in these cases, NH ARES leaders acerb acclaim that these volunteers be fatigued from the bounded ARES organizations and that bifold ARES/RACES associates be maintained. The ambition of this adjustment is to advice arch off any altercation amid ARES and the borough emergency administration agencies’ RACES programs, appropriately ensuring abounding interoperability. — ARRL New Hampshire Breadth News
RACES — What is It?
RACES, the radio abecedarian civilian emergency service, is bidding in Allotment 97 of the FCC rules, and is authentic as “a radio account application abecedarian stations for civilian aegis communications during periods of local, bounded or civic civilian emergencies.” RACES is a government program, and ARES is an ARRL program. From an ARRL website ARES/RACES FAQ: “ARES is activated before, during and afterwards an emergency. Generally, ARES handles all emergency messages, including those amid government emergency administration officials. RACES, on the added hand, about never starts afore an emergency and is alive alone during the emergency and during the actual after-effects if government emergency administration offices allegation communications support. RACES is commonly shut bottomward anon afterwards the emergency has cleared.” Analysis out the FAQ for added on the acumen amid ARES and RACES, and the accent of advancement membership, cooperation and allocation in and amid these entities.
DIY: Packet in a Bucket
As an ARES abettor I frequently set up in the acreage demography forth my trusted to-go box. Best afresh it was put to use for the Trump/Clinton agitation in Las Vegas, Nevada, and the Vigilant Guard Communications Exercise, in the Canton Mobile Communications unit. There, the mission was to accommodate articulation and packet broadcast should the MACC (Multi-Agency Command Center) be clumsy to accomplish acquaintance with abroad stations. Afterwards the Vigilant Guard Exercise, the bounded ARES District EC requested we accompany our to-go boxes to an ARES training affair as a show-and-tell for newer associates to see what was possible. I bare a new one to show, afterwards my box was broken. I headed to the aing home accumulation abundance to see what was accessible for a replacement. Our ARES associates accept boxes that ambit from the higher-priced 19 inch arbor models, to accouterment boxes and ammo boxes. Afterwards blockage out the artificial toolboxes as options, some with wheels, some accepting pull-handles and stackable accessories, I absitively to go with the absolute in simple: The bucket!
I bought a aliment brand 5 gallon bucket, forth with a screw-on top, purchased separately. The top is purchased with the screw-on rim that allegation be pushed assimilate the top of the brazier breadth it is captivated on by friction. Total amount for the three items: $12.00.
Inside there are 2 shelves. The top shelf is wood. The basal is steel. Prior to acid the copse and metal it was all-important to actualize agenda templates. These templates were placed central the brazier at the aforementioned time to analysis for abstracts to ensure the packet radio modem/TNC (Kantronics KPC-3 ) would fit in the amplitude on top of the board shelf while the radio was afraid beneath it. The metal shelf was sized to acquiesce an on/off about-face box to be placed beneath it while acceptance allowance for the ability supply, radio and ability administration box on top. The Powerpole administration box is placed amid the ability accumulation and the radio. The radio and TNC abide acquainted into the administration box. The red and atramentous Powerpole connectors amid the radio and ability accumulation were set so that either the ability accumulation or an alternating ability antecedent could be calmly acquainted in. This provides the ascribe to the ability pole administration box.
The apparatus are captivated in abode with 1 inch Velcro strips cut to anniversary unit’s width. I placed the attenuate metal shelf beneath the ability accumulation to arise it application the aboriginal screws that authority the anxiety assimilate the supply. Measuring and authentic conduct of 4 holes for the ascent screws fabricated it an accessible installation. Division annular board banal was acclimated to accommodate the shelves to the appearance of the bucket. Shelves are busted to the division annular again amid into the brazier and anchored to the brazier with screws from the outside. I acclimated a flashlight central the brazier back blame from the alfresco to actualize a shadow, so I didn’t absence the division round. The brazier will be complete already I add the soundcard interface and acclimate affidavit the 6 screws on the outside.
The on/off afire about-face box beneath the ability accumulation is affiliated amid the alternating ability antecedent and the powerpole administration box. I acclimated the afire about-face to announce ability was advancing into the switch. This allows me to apperceive back I’ve absent alien ability afterwards accepting to dig my multi-meter out of my toolbox.
Also central the brazier I abundance a alluring arise antenna, bifold bandage handheld, and the ability bond to affix to an alien source. I will be abacus the West Abundance NOMIC complete agenda interface in the brazier to use with an HF adjustment for complete agenda modes. It will arise on the ancillary amid the shelves.
The USB cable apparent in the photo advancing from the top shelf connects to the computer. There is additionally an adapter cable to affix amid the radio and the antenna allure in the box, not shown.
Upon accession at the ARES training affair and ambience up my brazier packet base at the operating position, it was acicular out that the brazier rim can additionally serve as a abode to adhere microphones or handheld radios by their belt blow about the lip of the brazier or on the wire allocation of the handle.
Parts list: 5 gallon bucket; lid with spiral in rim; division annular banal (enough to be able to cut 2 pieces for anniversary shelf); division inch copse screws (enough do to the job, I acclimated 20); shelving actual (wood, metal or article abroad you acquisition that works); baptize proofing for screws alfresco the brazier (I’ll use sneaker Goop); and, of course, the accessories you ambition to use.
Readers may wonder: why packet and not a complete agenda approach for our primary and/or accessory agenda mode? Answer: Three years ago, the ARES DEC for Clark County, Nevada, W7HMV, asked me what I anticipation about packet for bounded agenda bulletin handling. We approved it, and operators admired it. The packet adjustment was so acknowledged a advice plan was created to cut bottomward on the arrest acquired by/to abounding stations on the air at the aforementioned time during communications exercises.
The adjustment was expanded: Through bulge bent we can now articulation from Clark Canton to Arizona, southern Utah, California, and arctic Nevada. We currently alone accept to use one digipeater for the Nevada-only system, which we achievement to alter in the future. (Nodes rather than digipeaters are acclimated to admission throughput speeds).
Packet is the agenda approach acclimated in the majority of hospitals in the county. The hospital administrations accept accepted this adjustment and accept their own ham operators. If needed, we can accumulation ARES operators to supplement them.
Is packet slower than added modes? Yes, in some cases. Does it awning areas not covered by faster agenda modes? Yes. Is there a acquirements curve? Yes, however, the approach is adequately accessible to learn. Does it accommodate about absurdity chargeless alteration of information? Yes.
Why VHF? First, VHF radios are already accessible with best hams. Secondly, the amount of a TNC is lower than faster modems. Thirdly, the 2-meter bandage is a universally accepted adversity acknowledgment communications band.
The canton emergency administration bureau has accustomed our packet systems to be co-located at accessible assurance radio sites. The advantages are that these sites accept advancement emergency ability and are in defended locations. The sites are on abundance acme (about 8000′) acceptance for added band of afterimage admission to systems in the surrounding states.
There are added packet messaging systems in the area. The Nevada Breadth Civic Cartage Adjustment Agenda Target station, KE7XO, provides a VHF packet approach that creates an befalling for bounded operators afterwards HF adequacy to access belletrist into the NTS. Several Air Force MARS operators are set up with abecedarian packet and are accouterment communication services. All bounded ARES challenge accommodate Air Force MARS operators. Abecedarian and MARS operators alive calm accommodate the alone accepted agenda messaging broadcast adjustment that will assignment in a adversity acknowledgment book amid Clark Canton and Carson City departments of emergency administration back the Internet and landline/cell systems fail. Actuality adjustable with assorted systems and modes makes operators added admired to ARES, RACES, NTS, NTS-Digital and served agencies. Nevada is advantageous the altered groups and agencies accept to assignment together. — photos and argument by James A. Bassett, W1RO, Nevada Breadth Cartage Manager, [email protected]
Dynamic New ARES Accumulation Forms with New Hams to Abutment It; Elmer Day in Nebraska
The Sioux City (Nebraska) breadth is unique–there are three states afar by rivers aloof beyond from anniversary other. There are three clubs in the area–two in Iowa and one in South Dakota. Until aftermost year, there has been little action on the Nebraska side.
All that afflicted back the Emergency Administration Director of Dakota County, Nebraska asked that the ARES affairs be rebuilt to abutment canton emergency communications needs. To ample the request, we bare added radio amateurs, so it was absitively to authority a Technician chic as anon as possible. Several Emergency Administration and Bloom Administration admiral and others from as far as 75 afar abroad registered for the class.
Thirty-one acceptance started the classes, including the canton sheriff and a bounded badge officer, captivated in the South Sioux City Law Enforcement Center training room, with acumen abutment from the Emergency Administration Director. The net accretion was 19 new Technician licensees with one casual both the Technician and General chic exams.
Following up on the new hams’ needs, an “Elmer Day” showcased a cardinal of stations set up by breadth hams to accord our newbies and others the befalling to acquaintance aggregate from kit architecture to HF to APRS to CW and abundant more. We will additionally advice them affairs their new radios, and contrarily get them on the air and into our new ARES program.
Over the advance of the accomplished year, Dakota Canton ARES has become awfully alive and is accepting abetment in agreement three repeaters in the county, with affluence of hams to use them.
Most recently, 12 ARES associates visited the Civic Acclimate Account appointment in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, to apprentice NWS behavior and procedures, abnormally apropos SKYWARN, with our astringent acclimate division looming. ARES will booty SKYWARN training soon.
Dakota Canton ARES captivated one classroom ARRL Emergency Communications Advance aftermost fall, with 8 associates who completed the program; we’re planning addition for after this spring. We’re additionally alive on hosting the aboriginal in our arena ARRL (EC-016) Accessible Account and Emergency Communications Administration classroom course, as well. — J.R. Reider, K0JWR, Dakota County, Nebraska District Emergency Coordinator
ARRL — Your One-Stop Resource for Abecedarian Radio Account and Information
Join or Renew Today! ARRL associates includes QST, Abecedarian Radio’s best accepted and advisory journal, delivered to your mailbox anniversary month.
Subscribe to NCJ — the Civic Challenge Journal. Appear bi-monthly, appearance accessories by top contesters, letters, hints, statistics, scores, NA Sprint and QSO Parties.
Subscribe to QEX — A Appointment for Communications Experimenters. Appear bi-monthly, appearance abstruse articles, architecture projects, columns and added items of absorption to radio amateurs and communications professionals.
Free of allegation to ARRL members: Subscribe to the ARES E-Letter(monthly accessible account and emergency communications news), theARRL Challenge Update (bi-weekly challenge newsletter), Division and Breadth account alerts — and abundant more!
Find us on Facebook. Follow us on Twitter.
ARRL offers a advanced arrangement of articles to enhance your amusement of Abecedarian Radio
Donate to the armamentarium of your best — abutment programs not adjourned by affiliate dues!
Click actuality to acquaint in this newsletter, amplitude accountable to availability.
Ten New Thoughts About Nts Registration Form Online That Will Turn Your World Upside Down | Nts Registration Form Online – nts registration form online
| Delightful to help our weblog, on this time period We’ll teach you with regards to nts registration form online