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Radio Resources

Post by wb5rmg » Sun Mar 01, 2009 2:28 am

Here are some links to sites with more information about Amateur Radio Communication Services.

The American Radio Relay League (ARRL)
http://www.arrl.org

The Alabama Section ARRL website
http://www.arrl-al.org
http://www.arrl-al.org/ARES.html

Alabama ARES news and information
http://www.alabamaares.org/

There are plenty more out there, but this is a start.
Please send links that you think may be relevant to add here.
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Re: Radio Resources

Post by N4CZ » Fri Mar 06, 2009 4:36 am

Here are a few more links pertinent to emergency communications:

Huntsville-Madison County EMA: http://www.madisoncountyema.com/index.html
Under Staff, Scott Worsham is the EMA RACES Coordinator.
The RACES link describes the Huntsville-Madison County RACES unit, lists the RACES unit officers, and has a link to an application to join RACES.

Huntsville National Weather Service Forecast Office - http://www.srh.noaa.gov/hun/
Click on the map and scroll down to the lower right and click on “Hazardous Weather Outlook” for a text statement including Spotter Activation Statement.
Or click on the “Weather Hazards” link (at the bottom of the page) that leads to a graphical representation of the Tennessee Valley Hazardous Weather Outlook by county for each of EMA Activation, Thunderstorm Threat, Flash Flood Threat, and Winter Weather Threat. Click on the graphic for the color key. The NOAA Weather Radio also includes a Spotter Activation Statement in their morning broadcast.

ARRL Public Service Communications Manual: http://www.arrl.org/FandES/field/pscm/sec1-ch1.html

ARRL ARES Field Resources Manual: http://www.arrl.org/FandES/field/aresman.pdf

FCC Rules: http://www.arrl.org/FandES/field/regula ... -regs.html

Heart of Tennessee ARES: http://www.hotares.com/
Click on training and plans links.


Training:

FEMA courses: http://training.fema.gov/IS/ (click on ISP course list)
Recommended for emergency communications:
IS-100.a – Introduction to Incident Command system
IS-200.a - ICS for Single Resources and Initial Action Incidents
IS-700.a - National Incident Management System (NIMS) An Introduction
IS-800.B - National Response Framework, An Introduction
IS-802 - Emergency Support Functions (ESF) #2 - Communications
These are free self-study courses and award a training certificate.

ARRL courses: http://www.arrl.org/cep/ (click on Students and Registration Calendar)
Recommended for emergency communications:
EC-001 – EmComm Level 1, to provide a baseline level of knowledge and skill in Amateur Radio Emergency Communications for anyone wishing to assist their local emergency communications organizations
EC-002 – EmComm Level 2, to prepare individuals for the jobs of NCS and Net Manager
EC-003 – EmComm Level 3, to prepare individuals for management level emcomm positions
These courses have a fee ($50 for ARRL members, $85 for non-members, ARRL membership is $39), are offered as online courses, include a mentor, and award a training certificate. EC-001 has 23 lessons, each has 3 components of: reading material, a homework activity that is to be submitted to the mentor, and a set of nominally 5 multiple-choice questions, with a check function that tells you if you have the correct answer. The final exam questions are taken from the lesson questions. The material in the ARRL Emergency Communication Handbook is taken from these courses, as is the “Emergency Communications” chapter of the ARRL Operating Manual.

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Re: Radio Resources

Post by N4CZ » Mon May 18, 2009 5:00 am

The ARRL has announced the following change to the Emergency Communications Courses:

New ARRL Advanced Emergency Communications Course In the Works
Over the past several months, ARRL staff have been reviewing the Amateur Radio Emergency Communications online course program and have decided to combine two of the three Emergency Communications courses. According to ARRL Education Services Manager Debra Johnson, K1DMJ, the review included a critical examination of the course content, as well as methods of course delivery and interrelationships with government organizations. Johnson said that the decision was made to revise the Level 3 course to become a new Advanced Emergency Communications Course; this, she said, will replace both the current Level 2 and Level 3 courses. The new advanced course is set to be released during the last quarter of 2009.

"Our aim is to develop professional level courses which are widely accepted by other organizations for the emergency communication component of Amateur Radio," she said. "We are investigating requirements that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is currently putting in place for approved courses, as well as other possibilities to develop emergency communications training that meets the emerging training needs surrounding emergency communications."

Students who have previously taken the Level 2 course will need to have the new advanced course to complete the current Amateur Radio Emergency Communications training program, Johnson explained. "Those who have completed the Level 1 course may progress directly to the advanced course when it is made available; this new course contains content formerly included in the former Level 2 and 3 courses."

Johnson said that there are no current plans to change the Basic Level 1 course and that that course will continue to be offered in its current format. With the combining of the Level 2 and 3 courses, Johnson said that anyone who had signed up for the Level 2 course set to begin April 17 may apply for a refund. Any scheduled field instruction of the Level 2 content, as well as Level 2 exam sessions, will also be suspended. "We will honor exam sessions that have been previously scheduled and award Level 2 certificates for any exams successfully completed up to May 31," she said. "Our training program mandate is to provide the training that ham radio communicators need to be prepared to serve our communities in time of communications emergencies," Johnson explained. "This consolidation of program content will streamline the delivery of the training and apply volunteer and administrative support resources more effectively."

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