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Old 02-14-2008, 08:16 AM   #1
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Just wondering how many of us are involved in the above both on the local, state and federal levels. Being a radioman in the navy trained me for this type of communications...also doing the IS100 and 700 that was needed. I enjoy working with emergency management and I have a good working relationship with my place of work and being able to get off for some of the emergency drills. Our area just started a District ARES net which includes 6 counties and it is really good, just VHF... I am getting more involved now that I am getting closer to retirement. To try and fit all this in when the kids where home was tough. But am having fun now, they are gone.
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Old 02-14-2008, 08:31 AM   #2
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I am a member of ARES and I am also been CERT, trained.
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Old 02-14-2008, 10:21 AM   #3
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I am currently in the following;

Local ARES
State RACES (Governor's Division of Emergency Management)
County Emergency Management (Operation's Section Chief)
Regional Council of Govt. "Multi-Agency Coordination System" (MACS Coordinator)
soon to be VHF repeater trustee
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Police Instructor
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Old 02-14-2008, 12:56 PM   #4
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I'm a member of Manchester, CT ARES and CERT. We run excercises with the local Mountain Bike Search and Rescue (MBSAR) and the Connecticut Canine Search and rescue (CCSAR) providing communications from search units back to the EOC or field control base. By having a CERT/HAM/Emcomm team member train with the Canine teams, it allows more teams to be dispached at the same time. Each team consists of a dog handler, the search dog and a ham/emcomm comunicator trained to use GPS and Topo maps to search a predefined sector of a search area. It's great training and good excersise too!
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Old 03-18-2008, 08:39 PM   #5
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I'm involved in the local ARES group (Jefferson County) in southeast Texas and also a state RACES member. I'm also fortunate to get time away from work to attend yearly hurricane and interoperability drills. I also check in regularly to the Texas Traffic Net 3.873 and take all the traffic for my area to help me gain confidence and proficiency on message handling. I have completed ARRL Emcomm Level I, Level II also FEMA IS-100 & 200. I've still got more courses to take but there's not one that can teach practical experience witch I lack so for now I'll have to stick with preparedness and practice.

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Old 03-18-2008, 11:59 PM   #6
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Tried it and got turned off by it. I participated in a disaster exercise ran a station setup at a hospital and no one there wanted us there, a nurse (male type) asked way us CB'ers always think they are needed Then I had to deal with the worst control operator ever, the whole experience was embarrassing. Have had to deal with Ham's who thing they are going to save the world and don't have a clue making the rest of the Hams look bad. There is constant battle between the Hams and Police, fire, Red cross and coordinators so I decided I don't want to be part of this.

I will just do my own thing and if there ever is a disaster that I can help with then I will do what I can to help. I'm sure it's not like this everywhere. When I was stationed in Charleston AFB SC the local group were so much more structured and practiced better radio operating skills then they do here, when I went to Springfield, Mass a few years ago I was blown away with how well they ran their local repeater net, nothing like the out of control nets we have here. Maybe when I move I will try it again.
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Old 03-19-2008, 04:13 AM   #7
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Sorry that you had such a bad experience where you are...I check into three nets on Monday and wednesday, Pa counties of Lehigh, Northampton and a newly formed District 2 Eastern PA, 6 county nets....they have really been run like clockwork. For a while I thought I was back in the Navy running a control, sometimes me *every 6 weeks" never loses control. They seem to run quite well here. We not only have a roster for check ins, we also take traffic and mand pass msgs...
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Old 03-20-2008, 08:18 PM   #8
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I belong to Monroe County ARES, and also check in to the St. Clair County ARES net. There are limitations as to what I can do, as I am disabled, but I sure can talk on the radio if needed
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Old 03-22-2008, 07:36 PM   #9
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I run a Winlink Telpac node for Brazoria County Texas. We have a good group here in the county. Brazoria County is on the Gulf Coast so we focus on hurricane issues but train around other potential threats as well.

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I'm the EC for Putnam Co. Fl., Have completed ICS 100, 200, 300, 400, 700, 800. Am retired and RV full time. Am able to handle issues at home by echo-link, WEBEC and HF. Have 2 great AEC's to handle day to day issues for me.
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