ACARES Monthly Meeting -- Next meeting planned for June 11th at 7:00pm -- NOTE: THIS WILL BE AN ONLINE MEETING USING GOOGLE MEET...DETAILS IN EMAIL AND ONLINE --

It has been a very successful year for Arapahoe County Amateur Radio Emergency Service (Region 1, District 2). Here are some of our accomplishments for 2019.

1. The Arapahoe County Fair, our major event each year, provided all of us the opportunity to practice our radio skills while assisting the Arapahoe County Sheriff's Office and the Fair staff.  Over 600 hours spread over 4 1/2 days of volunteer time helped assure the success of the Fair.  We received assistance from Denver and Adams County ARES as well as OMEGA (thank you to each of them for their assistance during the Fair)

2. In September we worked with Denver County ARES on Operation AirSmack.  A dozen of Arapahoe County ARES members participated in this Simulated Emergency Test (SET) staged in Denver's City Park.  Working with the National Association of Emergency Room Physicians, members provided radio communications between the Headquarters and the five different locations within the park.

3. Our leadership team, listed below, has done an outstanding job.  The team includes the following:

  • Dan NØPUF, Operations Chief
  • Alan KIØEP, Training Chief
  • John ADØPD, Planning Chief
  • Mark, KAØTPG, Logistics Chief
  • Kevin N2NWA, Administration Chief and Webmaster
  • Ben KBØUBZ Deputy Administration Chief
  • Zeke KØXK, Finance Chief
  • Mike KDØUFO, Public Information Officer and Severe Weather Coordinator
  • Dave KBØLP, Health & Safety Officer
  • Mark KD5DKQ, Liaison Chief for served agencies

4. Our current membership stands at 33 and should increase in this coming year.

5. Alan, KIØEP, has created a training program for all of our meetings January thru July of 2020.  (Thank you Alan)

6. Creation of an Arapahoe County ARES specific Task Book (thank you Ben), so all of our members can be trained and certified to be better trained ARES members 

7. We will continue our membership requirements (see the website) for attendance and participation in our efforts.

8. To increase cooperation between ARES districts, we have made it a point to make sure that neighboring districts are always welcome at our monthly meetings.

It has been a privilege to serve as the Emergency Coordinator of Arapahoe County ARES since March of 2019.  Our membership continues to show professionalism as we work with our served agencies.

I wish all of you a Happy New Year, and look forward to a great 2020.

Respectfully,

Peter Meer KCØVAQ
Emergency Coordinator
Arapahoe County Amateur Radio Emergency Service

 

I am now seven months into the Emergency Coordinator position. A major objective has been to increase our training, both at the meetings as well as off site. Recently, the National Association of Emergency Room Physicians held their yearly conference in Denver. Ten members of Arapahoe County ARES participated in the Operation AirSmack exercise on November 9th, a culmination of this conference. The event was held in Denver's City Park with the scenario of two small aircraft colliding over the park with injures to plane passengers as well as people in the park. Simulated injuries were given to volunteers so the physicians could treat them. The event coordinator was delighted with the ability of ARES to communicate to the five stations around Ferrell lake as well as to communicate with the headquarters. This exercise ranks as one of the best training events I have attended in many years. We will continue to look for other opportunities to practice our radio skills as well continuing to work with our ARES neighbors as opportunities arise.

Within the next several weeks, we will publish a training schedule for our monthly meetings thru June of next year. I anticipate the training will include out of class room experiences. In order to be prepared for emergency communication we must continue to educate ourselves as well as practice our radio skills.

I have advised the Denver and Adams County ARES groups that they will be welcomed at our training sessions. This serves to further unite area metro ARES districts and increase our ability to work together as a team.

Respectfully,

Peter Meer, KCØVAQ
Emergency Coordinator
Arapahoe County Amateur Radio Emergency Service

After 9/11, I wanted to be able to help if  we were attacked again.  In 2005, I connected with Tim Armagost, WBØTUB, SK, the brother of a vendor I use in my property management business.  I have always had an interest in ham radio and pursed it through Tim and ACARES.  I firmly believe that if  “regular” communication (cell phones, etc.) fail our mutual abilities on radio would be of great value.  Since 2005, I have participated in many radio events: Arapahoe County Fair (yearly),  Cherry Creek Schools Fitness day (I coordinated it twice), MS 150 Bike Tour (several times) and a variety of other radio events for the last 14 years.  Two years ago Mark Boddy appointed me as Planning Chief. Last year I took on Training as well.  I greatly enjoy the group and love working radio.  I only work half days (I own my business), which gives me the time to work on ACARES.  I would like to contribute more to the group then the two previous positions provided.

For the future, I would like to see more consistent training doing as much hands on as possible.  In order to provide service to the various groups we support, we must be:  available, well trained and committed to our mission.  We need to seek as much involvement as our members are willing to provide.  A greater emphasis should be placed on showing the public what we can do.  Since there are so many things we could do, I will need some time to figure that one out.

A personal thank you to Mark Boddy, KD5DKQ for his strong recommendation for the appointment.  Additionally a special thank you to Ben Baker, KBØUBZ who has been my ELMER since day one in 2005.  His support in seeking the EC position was a critical part of my decision.

Peter Meer KCØVAQ
Emergency Coordinator
Arapahoe County Amateur Radio Emergency Service