Category Archives: Announcements

New EmComm Training Course from ARRL

This is a revision of the ARRL’s former Emergency Communications Basic/Level 1 course. The course is designed to provide basic knowledge and tools for any emergency communications volunteer. The course has six 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. Prerequisites include the free mini-courses you can take online at ICS-100 (IS-100.b) (Introduction to the Incident Command System); and IS -700 (National Incident Management System). Also recommended, but not required, are: IS-250, Emergency Support Function 15 (ESF15) External Affairs; and IS-288, The Role of Voluntary Agencies in Emergency Management.

This is a mentored course. You will be assigned to correspond with an experienced radio amateur who will be your resource for any questions you have about the course content. Student and Mentor Expectations are included in the Policies for Online Courses. To register for the course, go to the registration page. The cost is $50 for members, and $85 for non-members.

ARES E-Letter Published

The ARES* E-Letter is published the 3rd Wednesday of every month.  ARRL members can subscribe by editing their email preferences in their profile at ARRL.ORG.  I’m posting links to the e-letter for those who are not ARRL members.

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*The Amateur Radio Emergency Service® (ARES) consists of licensed amateurs who have voluntarily registered their qualifications and equipment, with their local ARES leadership, for communications duty in the public service when disaster strikes.  More information is available here:

D-Star QSO Party Nov 11-13

The biggest D-Star QSO party in the world.

Travel the world by connecting through D-Star repeaters around the globe.  Contact as many D-Star stations as possible throughout the world. 

The party runs from November 11 (Fri) at 00:00 (UTC) to November 13 (Sun) at 24:00 (UTC)

15 lucky winners will receive an ICOM ID-31A UHF Digital Transceiver with built-in GPS.

More details and rules at:

Federal Way Amateur Radio Club Offering D-Star Classes

The Hands on Basic Training and Introductory DSTAR and DRATS Digital classes will be held October 22, 2011 starting at 8:00AM.

This event is located at the City of Federal Way Council Chambers  at 33325 8th Ave. South, Federal Way, WA 98003.

Learn the future of Digital Communications from the ground up by attending all of the Introductory October 22nd classes.

Two weeks later on November 5th,  you can enjoy all of the Main DSTAR and DRATS Workshop talks and advanced techniques that will be held at the Federal Way Community Center located at 876 S. 333rd Street • Federal Way WA 98003

Everyone is welcome to attend and learn about this exciting ham radio future.  The Total Cost for both classes  (Oct 22nd, and Nov 5th) is $35.00 will take you to the pages full of info and registration.

ACES Training

ACES is a very comprehensive training designed to provide the skills necessary to support emergency communications.  It is not just a class with static material because the other attendees are often from other jurisdictions and offer an additional opportunity to network and learn their issues and solutions.  Beyond this, there is a practical element that requires formal message passing and radio programming, in addition to other skills.  We have had great reviews from attendees of all skill levels.

 If you are interested or know someone who might be, please take a look at this flyer.