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since 2003


Training Opportunities


There are various types of training that a Ham Radio Operator needs to consider taking. Some are found on the air during weekly training net opportunities, some at in-person meetings such as ham club meetings, and others via on-line web classrooms. And of course, there is always the good ole "on the job" type training that leaves lots of room for errors to teach you the hard way.

  • Net Operations
    • How to log into a Radio Net (routine v.s. emergency)
    • How be a Net Control Station
  • Public Service Events
  • Emergency Response
    • Reference Materials
    • NOAA Skywarn Skywarn
      • NWS Basic Spotters' Field Guide
      • NWS Skywarn Training A partnership between the National Weather Service (NWS) and the community, designed to help reduce the threat from severe weather. The key element of this partnership is a network of volunteer non-NWS personnel ("storm spotters") who relay reports of severe weather to the NWS.  Even with today's new technology at our disposal, only one instrument can detect severe weather phenomena directly with absolute certainty, the human eye.  A large network of spotters can be a great benefit to the NWS warning program.
      FEMA On-line Training Courses FEMA Logo(soon to be required for all disaster response volunteers)
      • FEMA IS-100 Course Introduction to the Incident Command System, introduces the Incident Command System (ICS) and provides the foundation for higher level ICS training. This course describes the history, features and principles, and organizational structure of the Incident Command System. It also explains the relationship between ICS and the National Incident Management System (NIMS).
      • FEMA IS-700 Course This course introduces NIMS and takes approximately three hours to complete. It explains the purpose, principles, key components and benefits of NIMS. The course also contains "Planning Activity" screens giving you an opportunity to complete some planning tasks during this course. The planning activity screens are printable so that you can use them after you complete the course.

      ARRL's AREC E-Comm Courses On-line (fee applies)

      • ARRL Level 1 ARECC Introduction to Amateur Radio Emergency Communications. A basic course toraise awareness and provide additional knowledge and tools for any emergency communications volunteer. This course has 23 lesson units, is expected to take approximately 25 hours to complete over an 8-week period, and earns 1.5 CEUs. See course Syllabus. Required Student Activities.
      • ARRL Level 2 ARECC Intermediate Amateur Radio Emergency Communications. A more in-depth study into amateur radio emergency communications to enhance the skills and knowledge received from previous experience. Level I ARECC is required prior to taking Level II. This course has 20 lesson units, is expected to take approximately 25 hours to complete over an 8-week period, and earns 1.5 CEUs. See course Syllabus. Required Student Activities.
      • ARRL Level 3 ARECC Advanced Amateur Radio Emergency Communications. This is the third and final stage of the 3-level ARRL Amateur Radio Emergency Communications Courses. This is a course for those in leadership or aspiring to leadership positions. Revision 2 is a significant rewrite that brings the course current with the post-9/11/01 Department of Homeland Security (DHS) paradigm. This course has 23 learning units, is expected to take approximately 25 hours to complete over a 12-week period, and earns 1.5 CEUs. See course Syllabus. Required Student Activities.

We'll be expandiong this section more as we have more time to attend to it. In the meantime, feel free to send any inquiries to the webmaster via email or by phone 210-771-7075.


Astute Ham Quote...

"It's not the class of license that the Amateur holds... It's the class of the Amateur who holds the license that matters." .. unknown author


NS5D ShaneAstute Ham Quote...

"The best advice I can think of is to relax, listen and observe. You won't be asked to go it alone your first time out. Our mission as emergency communicators is to accurately pass messages back and forth between the agencies that rely on us.

That's it!

If a message comes in for someone at the served agency you are assigned to, your job is to copy it as faithfully as you can, without interpretation or paraphrasing, and deliver it to the intended recipient.

If your served agency needs to send a message, your job is to write down that message, including who it is from and who and where it is going, then let the net control know that you have "traffic" waiting and who it is for. The net control may take the message from you for later delivery, or may ask you to hold it until messages of higher priority have been passed, or may direct you to "call your station" directly and pass the message. The net control is in charge of the net, so listen carefully to his or her instructions and ask for clarification of any instructions you do not understand.

This is a bit over-simplified, but the rest of the details, like precedences, formats and procedures will fall into place with time, training and practice. If you keep the mission in mind, you'll do just fine!"

de Shane NS5D in a message to a new ARES member, published on the Bexar County ARES Yahoo Group, August 25, 2006. In photo above, Shane operates his radio at the American Red Cross EOC during the area's relief efforts for Hurricane Rita in September 2005.

Date / Time Contact Training Event / Description

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Antenna

Your Contact Name Here? Your Training Event Here? Let us know about your Club or Group activities if you need or will welcome any additional volunteer help. Who knows, you might get some new members out of inviting them to participate.
2006    
Sept. 2 Antenna

Shane O'Neal NS5D
210-473-4847
Email

Bexar County ARES

ARES LogoTraining Exercise - Bexar County ARES / San Antonio Emergency Management Group will be conducting a radio test at each of the San Antonio Fire Department District Fire Stations using the EOCs ECOMM Response Kits (ERK) Icom IC-F111/F121 Radios. This test is scheduled to begin 1400 local and end NLT 1800L.

  • Target Start Time: 1400 local/1800z
  • ERK acquisition: 1400 - 1430
  • ERK deployment: 1400 - 1500
  • Testing start: NLT 1500 local
  • Test Stop: NLT 1800 local/2200z

Full details regarding locations and planned script for this exercise have been posted on the Yahoo Groups list for the Bexar County ARES.

Oct. 7
Antenna

Contact local ARES Emergency Coordinator.

www.bexarcountyares.org

www.kendallares.org

ARES2006 National ARES SET Exercise: Annual event to test local and regional emergency plans. HF Nets will be activated in morning. Some local traffic may occur on the 147.14 repeater or elsewhere.

Event usually held 1st Saturday of October

Oct. 10-11
Antenna

Johnny Wallace, K5POP
210-522-3008
email

Bexar County ARES

National Disaster Medical System (NDMS) exercise - NDMSThe NDMS usually has an area wide drill in the fall involving a couple of dozen or more hospitals.

Nearly 4 dozen hams are usually needed to man stations at area hospitals or other key locations during this drill. Very little notice will be given prior to the start so be pre-registered with K5POP if you want to be contacted when it happens.

See Amateur News at www.sahams.org to see what happened in 2003 and 2004. 2005 event canc

Usually held in mid-October, but date subject to change. Event canceled in 2005 due to hurricane evacuations causing the NDMS system to activate for real, not just for drill that year.

Oct. ??
Antenna

Contact local ARES Emergency Coordinator.

www.bexarcountyares.org

www.kendallares.org

ARES2006 Texas Statewide Hurricane Evacuation Drill: Event to test local and regional emergency plans. HF Nets will be activated in morning. Some local traffic may occur on the 147.14 repeater or elsewhere.

Watch for date to be posted when made available, held during the week last time drill was conducted.

Year Round
Antenna

Contact any REACT Officer for details..

REACTHill Country REACT: Ongoing training every month at their monthly meetings in Bulverde plus multiple exercises, public service events all year long. All hams welcomed. Visit www.hillcountryreact.org for details and times of their meetings or activities. Visitors always welcomed at meetings. Current membership of REACT Team spread across four counties, Bexar, Comal, Guadalupe and Kendall.

Year Round
Antenna
Contact local county Emergency Coordinator Don Perese AC5XK email for Kendall.

ARESBexar County ARES: Ongoing training every month at their monthly meetings in San Antonio. All hams welcomed. Visit www.bexarcountyares.org for details and times of their meetings.

See list of area nets for training net held weekly by Bexar County ARES on Sundays at 9pm on the 147.18 repeater.

 

Year Round
Antenna
Contact local county Emergency Coordinator Bob McWha AD5NQ email for Kendall.

ARESKendall ARES: Ongoing training every month at their monthly meetings in Boerne. All hams welcomed. Visit www.kendallares.org for details and times of their meetings.

Update 2006 - Kendall Amateur Radio Society (KARS) is assuming local emergency ham response duties. See yahoo group for details using the link below http://groups.yahoo.com/group/kb5tx-kars/

Year Round
Antenna
AARO Ham Club

www.aa5ro.org

CW Code Practice - Held twice weekly, Monday and Saturday nights on the 147.38 or 443.875 (linked) repeater. Monday's event follows the AARO club info net which starts at 8:30pm, making the starting time usually around 9:30pm. Saturday's event starts 30 minutes before the AARO club night owl net which starts at 10:30pm, making the starting time for the Saturday CW net at 10pm.

Monday's practice session is usually slower code speed than Saturday which tends to review Monday and speed up a bit faster.

Oct. 7
Antenna
Contact local county Emergency Coordinator

ARESNational ARES SET Exercise: Annual event to test local and regional emergency plans.

HF Nets will be activated in morning. Some local traffic may occur on the 147.14 repeater or elsewhere.

Oct. 10-11
Antenna

Johnny Wallace, K5POP
210-522-3008
email

Bexar County ARES

National Disaster Medical System (NDMS) exercise - NDMSThe NDMS usually has an area wide drill in the fall involving a couple of dozen or more hospitals.

Nearly 4 dozen hams are usually needed to man stations at area hospitals or other key locations during this drill. Very little notice will be given prior to the start so be pre-registered with K5POP if you want to be contacted when it happens.

See Amateur News at www.sahams.org to see what happened in previous years.

2007    
Feb. 17
Antenna
For more info, email MSET Officers
Or contact Barry KE5DFJ (MSET-TX PIO)
512-438-5154
email

Annual Starflight Landing Zone Training Class at Shoreline Christian Center, Fm1325 @ Shoreline. (Austin)
Free to all First Responders, Fire, Police, & ARES
Attendees may Pre-Register on-line for Feb 2007 class in January

Learn how to prepare a landing zone for medical evacuation choppers to pick up victims at accident scenes. Know what to do, or not to do (such as leaving door / hood open when chopper landing nearby, or wearing a hat). Learn how to choose a LZ based on factors such as ground clutter, wires, trees, register on line at www.mset-tx.org

Feb. 24 Antenna

Contact Larry Eblen via email or 830-606-3617

SKYWARN TRAINING CONFERENCE
Saturday, February 24, 8:00 am to 4:00 pm
Bonilla Science Hall Auditorium
University of Incarnate Word
4301 Broadway, San Antonio, Texas 78209 Skywarn

MAP OF LOCATION

EVENT AGENDA

Event usually held on a Saturday in February.

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Weekly Training Nets - See Amateur Nets web page for more info

The City of San Antonio Emergency Management Support Goup and Bexar County ARES offer weekly on-the-air training nets using a local ham repeater in the area. Training is typically restricted to 10-15 minutes of instruction, followed by Q&A session by each participant if desired. SAEMSG net is on Sunday night at 9pm using the 147.18 repeater (130.5 tone). The REACT net is on Tuesday night at 7:30pm using the 146.86 repeater (123 tone)

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