ACARES Monthly Meeting - Skywarn Class -- March 14th Setup starts at 5:00pm Class starts promptly at 6:00pm -- Aurora Municipal Center

From the ARRL ARES E-Letter February 20, 2019:

ARRL Board Meets in January: ARES Plan Adopted, National Traffic System Embraced

The ARRL Board of Directors - the League's elected policymakers -- met in formal session last month, taking significant actions of special interest to ARES, NTS and other amateur emergency communications communities.

The chairman of the Public Service Enhancement Working Group (PSEWG), Great Lakes Division Director Dale Williams, WA8EFK, updated the Board on how the committee had incorporated comments gathered from last fall's survey into its report and the new ARES Strategic Plan draft. The Board adopted the ARES Plan as proposed by the PSEWG and recommended by its Programs and Services Committee. The new, full ARES Plan can be viewed here.

Under the new plan, there are three ways to serve with commensurate levels of training requirements that will allow ARES participants to enter the program, and if they choose, migrate to higher levels of qualification and service. Level 1 is the basic ARES level, with introductory training conducted by the local ARES group to meet their needs and those of their served agency or partners. This training could be formal or informal, and would introduce the ARES participant to the fundamentals of emergency communications and provide instruction on how participants are to conduct themselves while serving in the field or otherwise activated. Participants may elect to remain at this level, or any level, based upon the extent of their desired ARES involvement.

Level 2 -- To qualify for this level, participants must complete the following courses: ARRL's EC-001 Introduction to Amateur Radio Emergency Communications (a no-cost program) and the now ubiquitous FEMA Independent Study courses IS-100, IS-200, IS-700, and IS-800 that lend critical knowledge for operating efficiently under the Incident Command System. Participants are also encouraged to take advantage of training opportunities available through partners to enhance their knowledge and skill set.

Level 3 -- The successful candidate will complete training that prepares them to assume ARES leadership positions, including the key program coordinators: the local/county Emergency Coordinator (EC), Assistant District EC, District EC, Assistant SEC, and the Section Emergency Coordinator. Leaders are required to complete ARRL's EC-016, Emergency Communications for Management, and FEMA Professional Development Series courses IS-120, IS-230, IS-240, IS-241, IS-242, IS-244, and IS-288, the Role of Voluntary Organizations in Emergency Management. Participants also are encouraged to complete the FEMA courses IS-300, and IS-400 should they be available locally.

Readers are encouraged to review the entire new plan, as it represents the first major program changes in decades and will form the cornerstone for the venerable ARES program going forward. PSEWG Chairman Williams said the adoption of the ARES Plan is not the end of this process. "ARES cannot remain stagnant only to be updated once every few generations. The ARES Plan, and the ARES program, must be able to evolve," he said, adding that the emergency preparedness staff at ARRL headquarters will conduct an annual ARES Review to insure continued program relevance. There is more discussion of the new ARES Plan from ARRL Communications Manager David Isgur, N1RSN, here.

Wlliams noted that after finishing the ARES portion of its agenda, it will move to work on aspects of the National Traffic System. The Board adopted a resolution recognizing that the National Traffic System provides a large corps of operators experienced in formal third party message handling and routing procedures, dedicated to providing emergency communications via radio. The Board noted that NTS uses all modes as appropriate and needed. The Board affirmed ARRL support for the National Traffic System and all amateurs involved in traffic handling, and their role as partners to ARES in ARRL's public service toolkit. The Board recognized the role and value of ARES and NTS in directly serving the public in addition to partnering with served agencies.

In other actions, the Board created a committee to establish the requirements for the ARRL's Emergency Preparedness Manager function. The committee, to be known as the EmComm Manager Requirements Committee, was charged with filing a final report two weeks before the Board reconvenes in July 2019.

 

Editorial: Do Double Duty for Public Service and Personal Health

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports data that over one third (39.8%) of US adults are obese [see CDC report]. The CDC says Obesity-related conditions include heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and certain types of cancer, some of the leading causes of preventable death.

Here's something all of us can do for both public service and personal health: combine your public event communications services with participation in the event. For example, last May, the National Multiple Sclerosis Society's Bike MS: Citrus Tour 2018 was run with the ARRL West Central Florida Section amateurs providing communications support for the Support and Gear (SAG) vehicles, bike mechanics and multiple rest stops. The traditional model of Amateur Radio support is of deployment of operators to ride in the SAG vehicles, shadow race officials, course and rest stop coordinators, and other mission critical sites such as the start and finishing lines.

A potential new model of support would be to add radio operators on bicycles, actually riding in the event, a win-win scenario: the event safety committee gets more saturation of course situational awareness, and the operators get a healthy dose of exercise, burning off the calories of the doughnuts likely consumed at the pre-dawn briefing. (Check with your doctor first, and start slowly at first). Check your Body Mass Index (BMI) by using a BMI calculator from the National Institutes of Health. 

Work on getting yourself in the healthy normal weight region of the BMI tables -- feel better physically and mentally, and most importantly, enjoy Amateur Radio for a lot longer in life. A great way to do it is by encouraging yourself and fellow radio amateurs who provide Amateur Radio communications at public events such as the Citrus Tour to fully engage in the event as a participant, too. Do Double Duty: Radio and Ride! -- Rick Palm, K1CE, Registered Nurse

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Archive of Newsletters

D22 Newsletters from years gone by...

Wayne, N0POH, was going through some files and found some newsletters dating from 1988 to about 2006 that we have posted now on a "Newsletters" page. These are definitely worth the read! They are historical, informative, and entertaining! It amazes me, especially as your new EC, how Alphonse Karr really hit the nail on the head when he said "The more things change, the more they are the same." If you have other newsletters or materials of interest to the history of Arapahoe ARES please send them to N2NWA or KD5DKQ.  They are also scanned into a single 37 page PDF file that can be downloaded: D22 Newsletters 1988 to about 2006. Thanks to Wayne for scanning those for us!