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Bulletin: TCARES now has a YouTube channel.

Several excellent training videos have been posted to the TCARES YouTube Channel. It is called Travis County ARES   Link: YouTube site
Mark Esslinger, W5MAE is the new training AEC. Mark along with Craig Bean, AC5KW the Training Materials AEC, have been very busy. You REALLY need to watch the top quality training videos now on the YouTube channel. They will guide you through common tasks needed for emergency communications.
TCARES is committed to maintaining a high current level of training and readiness for its members. To meet this goal, multiple training programs exist. Lew Thompson, W5IFQ devised the Incentive Achevement Program to provide a continuing skills improvement training plan. Please download the plan and begin reviewing which tasks for which you can already claim credit. All members should begin to complete the remaining items required for the next (or first) certification level.

Monthly meetings along with weekly Voice and Packet nets contain training segments or training schedule reminders. ARES as an organization is now being driven to adhere to the National Incident Management System. The reason for this is Homeland Security and other Federal and State agencies have adopted NIMS as a event management plan. ARES members will be expected to understand and operate under NIMS during activations. Without this training, you may be excluded from participating or gaining access to emergency sites during activations.

Always check the site for additional  training details concerning license upgrades, Helocopter Landing Zone, Skywarn and similar. Sometimes there are class notices from other ham organizations and public service groups listed there.

NIMS courses are offered by FEMA and are are available on their website.

Other training required by the Incentive Achievement Program are offered by the ARRL. Please refer to the course catalog on the ARRL site.

Winlink and Airmail are very important to our ARCHES hospital communications program. Lew has also created detailed guides for  installing and using Airmail with the internationally supported Winlink system. Please download this document for future reference.

You can find the closest Winlink RMS packet station using the AD5OO Packet Station Locator. Output from this tool can also be saved on your laptop for future reference during deployments.

Here are some photos from a recent Simulated Emergency Tests (SET).


Last Updated on Friday, 20 July 2012 22:05