February meeting of ARES of Champaign County was held Wednesday,
February 7, 2007 at the Fire Service Institute. Here are
important notes from that meeting and other news.
N9XDC, KF8ZN, KC9HND, W9EML, W9DML, K9LMM, K9MLT, N9GKA, KC9IHX,
N9DN, KC9KGJ, K9SI, KC9JVR, W9SZ. Guests: WT9J,
DISTRICT EMERGENCY COORDINATOR VISITS CCARES
We were pleased to welcome Terry Jones, WT9J, Central District
Emergency Coordinator to our February meeting. Terry was
appointed DEC in January, succeeding Pat Stowell, N9PN. Terry is
from Macon County and also serves as EC for Macon County ARES.
NEW ARES SIMPLEX NET
For the last several weeks here has been an "unofficial" ARES
simplex net following our regular net on Tuesday nights. This net
has been an excellent opportunity to test our ability to communicate
across the county with the benefit of a repeater. Effective with
the February 13 net, this net will now become a regular part of the
Tuesday night net activities. The simplex net will begin
immediately following the conclusion of the 9:00 p.m. net on 444.100.
The simplex net will be held on 146.550. A new script for the
simplex net can be found on our web site. NCS stations should use
a separate net check-in list to record check-ins for this net. We
have not assigned net control stations for the simplex net, so anyone
may take on this role. Anyone interested in acting as NCS for the
simplex net should make their intentions known during the 440 net.
ANOTHER NET NOTE
One of the purposes of our weekly net is to practice emergency
communications skills. One of those skills is the proper use of
ITU phonetics for accurate and efficient communication. For
practice, we are going to periodically have a "phonetics only" net,
where all check-ins will be required to give their call sign using ITU
phonetics. We hope that occasional practice will make using ITU
phonetics second nature and weed out the tendency to use "cutesy"
phonetics. An article on ITU phonetics is posted on the NETS page on
the WA9RES web site.
At the December annual meeting the membership voted to continue dues for the coming year. Dues are $20 and are payable to ARES of Champaign County. Please send your check to Heather Schlesser, 187 Paddock Dr. East, Savoy, IL 61874 no later than February 15.
AEC FOR LOGISTICS
Mark Belding, N9GPA has been appointed Assistant Emergency Coordinator for Logistics. As AEC for Logistics
Mark will be responsible for coordinating tracking, acquisition, and
deployment of equipment resources for ARES operations.
MEMBERSHIP CLASSIFICATION BYLAW
A bylaw change regarding membership classifications has been
drafted by the board and will be voted on at the meeting on March
14. The time for comment on the proposed changes has
closed. The proposed bylaw and information regarding the vote
will be sent out in a separate email.
STORM SPOTTER TRAINING
Spotter training in Champaign County is scheduled for Wednesday,
March 7, at 6:00 p.m. at the Carle Forum in Urbana. If you intend
on storm spotting in Champaign County you must attend spotter training.
If you cannot attend on March 7, there are sessions held throughout
central Illinois beginning at the end of February through April.
Check the Lincoln NWS web site for a complete schedule of talks.
There is a link to the schedule on the ARES web site on the Activities
ARRL BOARD ACCEPTS NATIONAL EMERGENCY RESPONSE PLANNING COMMITTEE REPORT
excerpted from the ARRL Letter, January 26, 2007
The ARRL Board of Directors accepted the Report of the National
Emergency Response Planning Committee (NERPC) when it met January 19
and 20 in Windsor, Connecticut. Upon dissolving the committee with its
thanks, the Board set in motion a process to identify and implement
action items in the report as soon as possible. ARRL First Vice
President Kay Craigie, N3KN, chaired the 13-member NERPC, charged with
recommendations to improve the League's response to regional, national
and international disasters. Among other things, panel members
evaluated the responses and actions of ARRL and the Amateur Radio
Emergency Service (ARES) during Hurricane Katrina as well as lessons
"If 'lessons learned' are not followed by 'behaviors changed,' then the
lessons have not been learned at all," the report concludes. The report
describes disaster preparedness as "a moving target, moving faster all
time." No recommendations, plans or systems should be considered "the
permanent answers for all circumstances and hazards," the report
The unprecedented scope of the Katrina response placed ARRL
Headquarters into a leadership coordination role through national-level
requests for help from served agencies such as the American Red Cross.
While the level of
expertise in emergency communications and emergency management among US
radio amateurs is growing, the report noted, so is the expectation that
the ARRL provide first-rate leadership and guidance.
Among the report's wide-ranging recommendations and suggestions:
* enhance ARRL and ARES training in basic message handling.
* develop a continuing education course
covering installation, configuration, and use of Winlink 2000 for
* formally establish a national ARES volunteer
database for use during major disasters and establish training criteria.
* institute a Major Disaster Emergency
Coordinator (MDEC) function to coordinate responses to large-scale
national or regional disasters or emergencies.
* become better acquainted with the emergency
response needs of distant ARRL sections, such as Pacific, Puerto Rico,
Virgin Islands and Alaska.
* improve working relationships with national-level served agencies.
* ensure ARRL staff training in the Incident
Command System (ICS) and National Incident Management System (NIMS)
and, as necessary, adapt ARRL's emergency response structure to the
Unified Command model.
In addition, ARRL President Joel Harrison, W5ZN, has appointed an ad
hoc committee to study issues relating to background investigations as
they apply to ARRL Amateur Radio volunteers and to recommend a
UPDATE ON FEMA TRAINING
As of February 8, 22 CCARES members have completed ICS-100, 20 have
completed ICS-700, 11 completions of ICS-200, and 7 completions of
More information and links to the FEMA Emergency Management Institute can be found on the WA9RES web site.
When you complete any of the FEMA courses, you will need to send a copy
of your course completion certificate to me so your training file can
be updated and we have a record of your completion.
FEBRUARY/MARCH NET CONTROL STATIONS
The weekly ARES net is held each Tuesday, 9:00 p.m., on the 444.100
repeater, CTSS 162.2. NOTE: The weekly net script was recently
updated - please download the latest version from the web site.
February 13 K9MLT
February 20 KC9HND
February 27 KF8ZN
March 6 K9LMM
March 13 N9XDC
The next regular meeting will be on Wednesday, March 14, at 7:00
p.m. NOTE: This is a change from the normal first
Wednesday. Storm Spotter Training is being held on March 7.