ARES members are encouraged to participate in training whenever they can. There are several sources of formal training available online.
Many served agencies require volunteers to be familiar with the Incident Command System (ICS) before they can participate in an emergency situation or drill. Fortunately, this is an easy requirement to fulfill. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) offer numerous training courses online for free at http://training.fema.gov/IS/crslist.asp. After going through the training information, you take a short test and once you have passed, you will be sent a certificate via email. All ARES members should try to complete at least IS-100 and IS-700. Below are recommended courses for radio operators; there are many others offered that may be of interest.
FEMA Course # Description
IS-100 Introduction to Incident Command System
IS-200a ICS for Single Resources and Initial Action Incidents
IS-700 National Incident Management System – An Introduction
IS-800B National Response Framework, An Introduction
IS-802 Emergency Support Functions (ESF) #2 - Communications
Once you have received your certificate, all Franklin County ARES members should forward a copy of the certificate to the Emergency Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org
ARRL communication courses
The Amateur Radio Relay League is offering two online courses specifically for emergency communicators: Introduction to Emergency Communication (formerly Emergency Communications Level 1), and Public Service and Emergency Communications Management for Radio Amateurs.
Intro to Emergency Communications:
Description: This course is designed to provide basic knowledge and tools for any emergency communications volunteer. The course has 6 sections with 29 lesson topics. It includes required student activities, a 35-question final assessment and is expected to take approximately 45 hours to complete over a 9-week period. You will have access to the course platform at any time of day during this 9-week period so you may work according to your own schedule. You must pace yourself to be sure you complete all the required material in the allotted time. [See the ARRL website for more info; fee: $50 for ARRL members, $85 for nonmembers
Public Service and Emergency Communications:
This is a lengthy, involved course with many prerequisites, including completion of Intro to Emergency Communications and various FEMA courses.
Description: This course is designed to train licensed Amateur Radio operators who will be in leadership and managerial roles organizing other volunteers to support public service activities and communications emergencies. In this course you will learn how radio amateurs prepare and organize to support local community events, and, working in coordination with governmental and other emergency response organizations, deploy their services to provide communications when needed in an emergency. [See the ARRL website for more info; course is available free to ARRL members; there is a $35 fee for for the final exam.]
Training Documents For Franklin County ARES members:
RF Alert box instructions in color and B&W
Response vs. Reaction
Defining Local Needs Presented at the February 2012 meeting. The outline for the discussion can be found here
Damage Assessment categories and reporting form
Link to NVIS antenna info presented at the June 2012 meeting: http://www.vcars.org/tech/NVIS.html
Public Service Honor Roll presentation from the January 2013 meeting available here
Links to sites from training presentation from the Jan 2013 meeting:
ARRL courses: EMCOM and PIO courses. There is a fee for the Intro to EMCOM, but the other two can be accessed by all.
Missouri SEMA classroom course schedule: These require preregistration. You can search for ones nearby, or browse to see what interests you.
â€¢http://training.fema.gov/is/ Link to FEMA independent study courses
â€¢http://www.electronicstheory.com/ A site with a lot of info for beginners through those with more advanced knowledge.
â€¢http://electronics.wisc-online.com/ Lots of short explanations of various components and concepts.
Links to information presented on lightning protection at the June 2013 meeting:
Presentation on Ham Radio Now (episode 15): http://arvideonews.com/hrn/HRN_Episode_0015.html
http://arvideonews.com/hrn/HRN_0015_W4TL_Reference_Handout.pdf contains links to references in the video (but there are some errors) with the following being the most useful:
Book published by PolyPhaser. Lightning protection and grounding solutions for communication sites by Ken R. Rand.
Three part article from QST in 2002 by Ron Block, KB2UYT. Amateur Radio Station Grounding and Lightning Protection by W5BWC, WP30A190 2011.pdf
Amateur Radio Station Grounding and Lightning Protection by W5BWC. 2011