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ARES, RACES, AuxComm

"We get so sophisticated and we have gotten so used to the reliability and resilience in our wireless and wired and our broadcast industry and all of our public safety communications, that we can never fathom that they’ll fail. They do. They have. They will. I think a strong Amateur Radio community [needs to be] plugged into these plans."

—Craig Fugate, FEMA Administrator (2009-2017), 3 May 2011


Amateur Radio Included in FEMA Guide for National Emergency Preparedness

03/22/2023

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has released a final version (March 2023) of the National Incident Management System (NIMS) Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Functional Guidance. The guidance, which provides a framework for communications resources within incident management, officially includes support from amateur radio operators. The expanded Communications Unit (COMU) structure now includes the Auxiliary Communicator (AUXC) role, which covers personnel from services that provide communications support to emergency management, public safety, and other government agencies. This includes amateur radio.

NIMS guides government, non-governmental organizations, and the private sector to work together to prepare for, respond to, and recover from disasters and other emergencies. “This is a major step in the recognition of the need and usefulness of amateur radio and other communications services in our national preparedness,” said Josh Johnston, KE5MHV, Director of Emergency Management for ARRL  The National Association for Amateur Radio®. “It also gives official guidance to pave the way for future training and education of volunteers in ARRL’s Amateur Radio Emergency Service® (ARES®),” Johnston added.

The NIMS ICT guide (PDF) is available at https://www.fema.gov/sites/default/files/documents/fema_ict-functional-guidance.pdf.


ARES Membership Requirements

Every licensed amateur regardless of membership in ARRL or any other local or national organization is eligible to apply for membership in ARES.  Training may be required or desired to participate fully in ARES.  Please inquire at the local level for specific information.  Because ARES is an Amateur Radio program, only licensed radio amateurs are eligible for membership. The possession of emergency-powered equipment is desirable but is not a requirement for membership.

FEMA Training Courses for ARES®

 * ICS-100.b Introduction to Incident Command System (required)

 *ICS-200.b ICS for Single Incidents and Initial Action Incidents (required)

 *IS-700 NIMS: An Introduction (required)

 *IS-800 National Response Framework (required)

  IS-240.a Leadership & Influence

  IS-241.a Decision Making & Problem Solving

  IS-250a Emergency Support Function 15 (ESF-15) External Affairs

  IS-1a Emergency Manager, An Orientation to the Position

  IS-288 The Role of Voluntary Agencies in Emergency Management

  IS-244.b Developing and Managing Volunteers

  IS-120.a An Introduction to Exercises

  IS-130 Exercise Evaluation and Improvement Planning

4 of these courses are requirements for ARES operators registering with local emergency management/public safety agencies.  Along with the basic ARRL EmComm course, they form the foundation for an educated, certified, trained corps of ARES volunteers prepared to serve as assets and not liabilities to their communities during disaster situations.


 ARES NET PREAMBLE & SCHEDULE


  • The local ARES Net is held each Sunday Evening at 8:30 PM on the Suring repeater 145.470 (-) 114.8 pl.  Feel free to join us, and follow along with the Preamble and schedule of Net Control Operators.

     NET PREAMBLE: (Updated 4/17/23 KD8FUE)

     

    Good evening, 

    Welcome to the Tri-County Cooperative ARES & RACES Net. My name is (your first name), (your call sign) and I will be your net control this evening.

    This net meets every Sunday night at 8:30 PM or whenever its services become needed. The primary repeater frequency is 145.470 with a tone access of 114.8. The backup repeater frequency is 147.000 with a tone access of 107.2. This is a directed net which is open to all ARES & RACES Stations in all locations that are within range of this repeater system.

    The purpose of this net is to ensure proper understanding between ARES & RACES stations, to share information, and to become better prepared for public service emergency communications.

    I will now take a standby for any emergency or priority traffic. Please call (your call sign), your net control station.

    (Pause for any emergency or priority traffic)

    I will now call all registered Menominee County ARES & RACES stations. When called, please check in and list any traffic when doing so. (call each member)

    K8IR (Jim), KD8FUE(Mike) KD80VR (Doug) W8AWF (Robert) NS8V (Paul) KW5AS (Skip)

    I will now call all registered Marinette County ARES & RACES stations. When called, please check in and list any

    traffic when doing so. (call each member)

    KG9GH (Eric), K9STT (Steve)

    I will now call all registered Oconto County ARES & RACES stations. When called, please check in and list any traffic when doing so. (call each member)

    N9OSF (Larry)

    I will now take a standby for any out of county or late time ARES & RACES stations. Please call (your call sign), your net control station.

    (pause for stations)

    (Read any announcements or ask for general comments or questions)

    Hearing no additional business for the net at this time, I will now close the net and turn the repeater back over to normal amateur use. Thank you for checking into the Tri-County Cooperative ARES & RACES Net. We look forward to hearing from you again next Sunday at 8:30 PM. 73, this is (your call sign)

 

 



  • 2024 Net Schedule:          
               
    Jan Feb Mar Apr May June
    7- Steve 4- Robert 3- Doug 7- Robert 5- Doug 2- Eric
    14- Paul 11- Jim 10- Steve 14- Jim 12- Steve 9- Robert
    21- Mike 18- Larry 17- Paul 21- Larry 19- Paul 16- Jim
    28- Eric 25- Skip 24- Mike 28- Skip 27- Mike 23- Larry
        31- Eric     30- Skip
               
    July Aug Sept Oct Nov Dec
    7-Doug 4-Eric 1-Skip 6-Eric 3-Skip 1-Mike
    14-Steve 11-Robert 8-Doug 13-Robert 10-Doug 8-Eric
    21-Paul 18-Jim 15-Steve 20-Jim 17-Steve 15-Robert
    28-Mike 25-Larry 22-Paul 27-Larry 24-Paul 22-Jim
        29-Mike     29-Larry
     

Field Day 2022

2022 Field Day
June 25th & 26th
 
 
Brett & Jeremy made 471 contacts in the club's new
Emergency CommunicationsTrailer... Thanks, guys!
Arde Nelson Stops by to visit and check things out, His 100th Birthday
is on July 2nd so make sure to wish him Happy Birthday!
 
We had a good number of volunteers that made Field Day possible this year, kd8ovr, kd8fue, kg9gh with his wire stringing skills, k8ir saved the day with his radio & fantastic grilling, ke8kwu, ns8v with his great venison brats, and of course Brett & Jeromy for all the contacts they made! Thanks to all of you, and to everyone who visited us for making this a fun field day!

 

Our new EmComm trailer ready for dispatch! Served us well this field day making 471 contacts in dry, cool comfort. We owe many thanks to many people for bringing this to fruition.  The main drivers for this project is Doug (kd8ovr), Mike (kd8fue), Tim (wn6khg), Steve (k9stt), and also Bruce (n9con), Cal (k1sgw), AJ (kb7kz), and I am sure there were others. There were also material donors, SK - Floyd Croy (k8zlo Lots of radio equipment), The owners of the Shopko Building (desks & cabinets), Pete (ab9pj for UHF repeater and misc equipment).
 
 
We had a good number of volunteers that made Field Day possible this year, kd8ovr, kd8fue, kg9gh with his wire stringing skills, k8ir saved the day with his radio & fantastic grilling, ke8kwu, ns8v with his great venison brats, and of course Brett & Jeromy for all the contacts they made! Thanks to all of you, and to everyone who visited us for making this a fun field day!

 

Our new EmComm trailer ready for dispatch! Served us well this field day making 471 contacts in dry, cool comfort. We owe many thanks to many people for bringing this to fruition.  The main drivers for this project is Doug (kd8ovr), Mike (kd8fue), Tim (wn6khg), Steve (k9stt), and also Bruce (n9con), Cal (k1sgw), AJ (kb7kz), and I am sure there were others. There were also material donors, SK - Floyd Croy (k8zlo Lots of radio equipment), The owners of the Shopko Building (desks & cabinets), Pete (ab9pj for UHF repeater and misc equipment).
 

Scheduled Nets

~Sunday Schedule~

Kandy Net 2024          
           
Jan Feb Mar Apr May June

 7- Rob

4- Rob 3- Rob 7- Paul 5 -Paul 2- Paul
14- Paul 11- Paul 10- Paul 14- Ed 12- Ed 9- Ed
21- Ed 18- Ed 17- Ed 21- Steve 19- Steve 16- Steve
28- Steve 25-Steve 24- Steve 28- Rob 26- Rob 23- Rob
    31 - Rob      30-Paul
           
July Aug Sept Oct Nov Dec
7- Ed 4- Ed 1- Ed 6- Steve 3-Steve 1- Steve
14- Steve 11- Steve 8- Steve 13- Robert 10- Robert 8- Rob
21- Robert 18- Robert 15- Robert 20- Paul 17- Paul 15- Paul
28- Paul 25-Paul 22- Paul 27- Ed 24- Ed 22- Ed
     29- Ed     29- Steve
           

 


~Wednesday Schedule~

Wed Edition Schedule: 2024          
           
Jan Feb Mar Apr May June
 3- Steve 7- Robert 6- Steve 3- Paul 1-Robert 5- Paul
 10- Paul 14- Steve 13- Paul 10-Robert 8- Steve 12- Robert
 17- Robert 21- Paul 20-Robert 17- Steve 15- Paul 19- Steve
 24- Steve 28-Robert 27-Steve 24- Paul 22- Robert 26- Paul
 31- Paul       29- Steve  
           
July August Sep Oct Nov Dec
3- Robert 7- Steve 4- Paul 2- Robert 6- Paul 4- Robert
10- Steve 14- Paul 11-Robert 9- Steve 13-Robert 11- Steve
17- Paul 21- Robert 18-Steve 16- Paul 20-Steve 18- Paul
24- Robert 28- Steve 25- Paul 23-Robert 27- Paul 25-Robert
31- Robert     30- Steve    
           
           

 


 

~NET PREAMBLE~

Good evening everyone and welcome to the Marinette & Menominee Amateur Radio Club Sunday/Wednesday evening net, also known as the "Kandy Net/OR/Wednesday Edition". Your net control for this evening is __YOUR NAME___YOUR CALL_

 

This net is held each Sunday evening at 7pm CST on the W8PIF M&M ARC repeater with a tone of 107.2 both on transmit and receive.  We are also on Echolink node #481872

All ham radio operators within range of this repeater and all those hearing us on Echolink are encouraged and welcome to check-in.

 

This net features club news, station operator comments, plus news and updates from the YACHT young ham programs.

 

This is a directed net and all transmissions will go through this net control station.  Mobiles and those with emergency traffic are always given priority in transmission.

I will ask for Echolink check-ins first, followed by those accessing the net direct through the repeater.  Please give your call slowly, clearly, and phonetically.  

 

(a) echolink check-ins....

(b) repeater check-ins....

(c) Club news

(d) Any additional check-ins or comments....

(Pause for more check-ins every 10 or 15 min. and again at end of net.)

(Added)... You are also invited to check in to our mid-week net on Wed. 7pm CDST on the 147.000 repeater. 

 

Thanks for your participation this evening.  We had ___ check ins.  The next meeting of the club is on_______________. 

73 and have a good evening.  The W8PIF repeater is now returned to regular amateur use.  _____ is clear.

 

(updated 3/27/2021)

 

 

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