Date: Thu, 03 Mar 2005 21:19:24 -0600
From: Steve Hilberg 
Subject: ARES of Champaign County QST  - March 2005

The March meeting of ARES of Champaign County was held Wednesday, March 2, 2005
at the Fire Service Institute.

ATTENDING
N9XDC, AB9FJ, K9SI, KB9KAI, KC9AZX, W9MOO, K9MLT, W9DML, N9DN, KB9LCJ, W9HGO, 
W9ADS, N9XDH, N9GKA, KC9DSS  Guests:  KB9YZI, KB9VFZ


NEW CALL SIGN
Harry Osoff, formerly KC9GRV, is now W9HGO.


FEBRUARY MEETING FOLLOW-UP
The training topic for the February meeting was an overview of Basic Incident 
Command.  The following web links were given out during the training and include
more info about the Incident Command System (ICS).  All ARES members should be f
amiliar with ICS.

 http://training.fema.gov/EMIWeb/IS/crslist.asp
List of FEMA independent study courses.  IS-195 is Basic Incident Command

 http://www.w0ipl.com/ECom/ECom-sc.htm
Emergency Communications Basics written by Pat Lambert, W0IPL, includes a very 
good discussion of ICS and how ARES/RACES fits in

 http://www.emcomm.org/ARCT/page1.htm
Guide for ARES EMCOMM support for ICS personnel

 http://www.fema.gov/nims/
Information on the National Information Management System


PAYMENT OF 2005 DUES
Dues are $20 and are payable to ARES of Champaign County.  Thanks to the 25 
members who have paid so far.  Please send your check to  Heather Schlesser.  
Thanks for your support.


2005 STORM SPOTTER TRAINING
The National Weather Service storm spotter training for Champaign County will be 
held at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 8, at the Carle Forum in Urbana.   If you
plan on storm spotting this year plan to attend this session.  If you can't make 
it to the Champaign County session, you can attend in another county.  Storm 
spotter training will be offered Saturday, March 5 at Richland Community College 
in Decatur from 9:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m.  The full schedule of spotter training can 
be found at the Lincoln NWS web site:   http://www.crh.noaa.gov/ilx/spotter.htm

In addition to the weather training, we will also be holding our Spotter Safety,
Preparation, and Communications training at the April ARES meeting and probably 
one other time for those that cannot attend on Wednesdays. The information in 
this session deals with HOW to be a safe and effective spotter.   All ARES 
spotters need to attend this training.


MARCH NET CONTROL STATIONS
The weekly ARES net is held each Tuesday, 9:00 p.m., on the 444.100 repeater.  
We will be modifying our net format slightly in the near future, probably 
starting with the March 15th net

March 8		open
March 15		N8XDC
March 22		KC9DSS
March 29		KC9AZX
April 5		W9DML


NEXT MEETING
The next meeting will be Wednesday, April 6, 2005 at 7:00 pm at the Fire Service
Institute.   The training topic for the meeting will be Spotter Safety, 
Preparation, and Communications.

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