Wash County ARES, Minnesota ARES groups to participate in COMEX with MARS; New Feb. EX. coming February 12; stand by for noticeSubmitted by J E Regan on Tue, 10/20/2015 - 15:15.
A February exercise is expected in the area of February 12. Stand-by for information to be sent to all ARES members on short notice. All Minnesota ARES groups have been asked to participate in a communications with MARS and the Department of Defense on November 7th and 8th. General information on the exercise can be found on the following web site: WWW.ARESMN.ORG . More information will be forth coming in future weeks, so stay tuned and get your calendar penciled in.
The Simulated Emergency Test (SET) is scheduled for Saturday, October 3rd. The focus will be to provide communications for out partners with whom we have an MOU. We will use voice and FL digi to pass messages. We will also pass a message via NTS to Washington County, Oregon. ARES members will be asked to choose a site from which to operate. Theses will include hospitals, shelter sites, simulated EOC, and home QTH relay stations. We will meet at the Woodbury Old Country Buffet for a debrief and a meal after the drill. Hope all members can join in for this exercise.
The fall meeting for ARES members is scheduled for September 17, 2015, at 6:30 PM. Location is Lakeview in Stillwater. Topics will include updated pages for the ARES Folder, briefing on the upcoming Simulated Emergency Test (SET) on October 3rd, ID Card update for those who have not received them, and additional topics. Room location is Hulings 1. Enter through the main door
Washington County ARES members staffed two displays Saturday, May 2, at a Public Safety Expo organized by Washington County and the City of Woodbury. Many displays and demonstrations were available for members of the public. Washington County ARES Had a tower trailer in the main parking lot display area courtesy of Dave, KB0SED. The tower showed a critical asset available for emergency communications and public service events. Thanks, Dave!
Washington County ARES will hold its Build Day on Saturday, April 25, from 9:30 to 12 noon. The three projects will be NVIS antennas, FL digi and mesh network. Both hardware and software will be dealt with thanks to our ARES members who are experts in each of these areas. If you are interested in joining the group to participate or to observe, contact EC John Regan before coming. These projects will help our group be better prepared for communications duties and give us experience in the digital communications area.
The Association of Emergency Radio Operators (AERO) will offer two classes valuable for emergency radio communicators. They are AERO I: Basic Emergency Communications Class, and AERO II: Net Controllers Class. Both Both classes will be held on March 14, AERO I 8:30 - 4 and AERO II 9-4. Registration must be completed by March 12. Register via email at N0PIY@arrl.net
The first regular meeting of the year for the Washington County ARES group will be held on Monday, March 2, at 6:30 PM in the Woodwinds Admin. Conference Room. Al members are invited to attend. There will be guest speakers from Washington County and Healtheast Hospitals. New ID cards will be issued to members as current ones expire in March. Activities for the year will also be reviewed and questions answered. Other items of concern will be addressed.
Washington County ARES
Net Control Station Schedule - 2015
146.985, Negative offset, No tone (until further notice); future change to 147.180+, PL 74.4
Month Date Day Topic
January 15th Sun What would you like to see in 2015 net topics and activities
February 1st Sun General comments; Go Kits and what you have learned about them
15th Sun Incident Command System Review - See MNWASHCOARES Folder
March 1st Sun MNWASHCOARES Emergency Plan - Review; QSY to 146.52 for Check-in
15th Sun Types of Nets: Resource, Tactical, Traffic, Command;EmCHbk-6,PSHdbk-14
The January 15th (2015) ARES Net asked members who checked into the net three questions: (1) What topics would you like kept or added to the Net topics?; (2) Which activities should we keep for 2015; (3) What new ARES activities should we add for 2015?
A. Topics for the Net: Those who commented on this issue indicated that Net topics should remain the same. No additional topics were suggested. Keep Basic Message Handling.
This is the time when we head into the winter months. Several things become our focus for this period. First, we recharge our batteries, both our physical self and our deep cycle/combination batteries. The boat batteries for the trolling motor can be charged and on stand by for the winter in the event of need (e.g. the dreaded ice storm with attendant power outage). Second, we can check into new nets, meet hams from around the metro, and see how others do it. Its good to set those relationships anew.