There is an exercise between MARS and Amateur Radio Stations that is being held this Sunday, November 8th. Beginning about 8 AM local time and continuing through about 11 AM on the KA1RCI network, MARS stations that are also hams will ask for county status reports from hams. Please note these are ACTUAL conditions, not simulated:
“The requests from MARS amateur radio operators will be for the status of power, water, sanitation, medical facilities, communications and transportation. Amateur operators are to respond to the best of their knowledge, and it is perfectly acceptable to say “I don’t know”. MARS amateur operators may thus talk with several amateur radio operators to try to develop a fuller picture of that county’s status. Again, amateur stations should report only actual conditions.”
The purpose of the exercise is demonstrate the MARS operator’s capability to develop a situation picture for their area of responsibility.
Last night marked the half-way point for the NCRC’s Technician Class in Foster RI. The students, about 25 of them, are VERY engaged and doing well.
Our educational outreach will generate a bunch of new hams, mostly in the West Bay area when the exam is held on October 27th.
RIEMA is holding a free AUXCOM training class for licensed hams who have completed the required online Emergency Management Institute training (IS-100.b, IS-200.b, IS-700.a, and IS-800.b). The class will be held Saturday and Sunday, September 26-27, 2015 at the RIEMA Warehouse from 8 AM to 5 PM. The RIEMA Warehouse is located at 279 Danielson Pike, North Scituate, RI. The class is limited to 30 students, so sign up early.
You can sign up online here: https://riema.wufoo.com/forms/trgauxcomm-auxiliary-communications-workshop/
The NCECT-100 EmComm course begins this Wednesday, April 8 at 19:00 hours in the Portsmouth EOC, located in the Portsmouth Fire Station at 2300 East Main Road in Portsmouth.
John King is running the class and might be able to accommodate a few last-minute students. He can be reached at wa1abi at cox.net.