VECOM Meeting Highlights:
- Words from DEM Lynn Sterbenz
- ARES/VECOM Profile and Capabilities
- Repeater update
- Cape George FireHall
- 60m HF Interoperability nets
- Communications Academy update
- Health and Welfare update
- What to do when all else has failed
Click HERE to download the PDF file from Dick Illman’s March VECOM presentation:
Jefferson County ARES VECOM MARCH 2017
On the third Wednesday of each month, FEMA Region X conducts a COMMEX consisting of radio check in’s from authorized state, tribal, federal and amateur stations to test HF interoperability in case of an emergency or disaster response. Cities, counties, tribes, authorized Federal agencies and amateur operators that support jurisdictional emergency management organizations are welcome to participate. The coordination and authorization of this net between Federal stations and amateur licensees has been coordinated and authorized by the NTIA and the FCC. (Download full FEMA press release by clicking: RX COMMEX Plan_MAR2017_PublicRelease.)
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Download Dick Illman, KH6EZ’s slide presentation as shown at the February 2017 Vecom meeting.
- Word from out DEM, Lynn Sterbenz
- Chart: Jefferson County Organizational Structure
- ARES Registration forms, add your cellular provider
- Repeater Update
- Cape George Fire Hall
- 60m HF Interoperability nets on 5330.5 kHz
- Communication Academy
- Health and Welfare Traffic update
- Search and Rescue, Simplex Repeaters
Click this link to download PDF file: jefferson-county-ares-vecom-february-2017-4
Click the link to download the power point slide presentation from EC Dick Illman, presented at the Jefferson County ARES meeting on Friday, January 13, 2017: jefferson-county-ares-vecom-january-2017
In the world of Emergency Communications (Emcomm) there is an increasing emphasis on getting ARES and RACES stations to be able to directly communicate with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and military MARS stations on 60 meters (5 MHz). It’s worth checking this band out because it has some propagation characteristics that may become more useful as the sunspot cycle declines.
Unlike other bands, this band has some interesting rules and operating practices that require some study before jumping in.
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FEMA Region 10 to Conduct Monthly Interoperability Communications Exercises during 2017
FEMA Region 10 (Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington) will conduct interoperability communications exercises (COMMEX) during 2017 on the third Wednesday of each month, 1500-2100 UTC. The initial exercise will take place on January 18.
Read more at ARRL.org
Today Dick, AH6EZ covered several topics including:
To download the Power Point slides (pdf) for this meeting, click HERE: jefferson-county-ares-vecom-november-2016.