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The membership Welcome Letter and ARES application have been updated to better reflect
requirements for obtaining the Spokane County ID card.

PLEASE NOTE:  We now have a Groups.io site for ARES - RACES members.
You may have to set up your password for total access.

NEW - 2019 ARRL ARES and Spokane County ACS Requirements

In 2019, the Amateur Radio Relay League (ARRL) published new requirements for volunteers to maintain status in Amateur Radio Emergency Services (ARES).  The new requirements encompass three levels of qualifications and training that must be maintained for deployoment eligibility.  These new requirements can be found on the ARRL ARES web site here:  http://www.arrl.org/ares

In addition, Spokane County Department of Emergency Management has implimented a new Auxiliary Communications System built around the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) AUXCOMM model.  This new system draws on the Amateur community through ARES volunteers, in addition to other local resources as needed.  These people, both Amateur and other, will receive training in the operation of other-than-ham systems, such as county Satellite systems, 900MHz radio systems and more.

A presentation was recently given to the local Spokane County ARES - RACES group outlining both the new requirements for ARRL ARES, and Spokane County ACS.  That presentation can be found in the Downloads area under Presentations.

We will continue to manage both the local ARES group, and provide inputs to the ACS system.  As we grow both organizations in the area, we are relying on the professionalism and demonstrated expertise of our members to provide the necessary volunteers in the event of an incident requirement people to help run communications systems in our area.

To learn more, come to one of monthly Training meetings, the third Thursday of each month at the Spokane County DEM building at 2111 East Gardner in Spokane.

Attention Weather-Spotters 2019

The National Weather Service (NWS) in Spokane County will be performing a major radar upgrade from June 24 to July 5.  This will take the radar out of service for nearly two weeks.  This means the NWS will be relying on weather spotters, more than usual for reports of local and outlying area weather conditions.

Weather Spotter Resource Page

How to Report Weather

As we are given more information about this outage, we will post it in this article.

AUXCOMM Training - Idaho, June 2019

Course Description
This class is designed for auxiliary communicators and groups who volunteer to provide backup radio communications support to public safety agencies. Typically, this includes amateur radio and Radio Emergency Associated Communications Team (REACT) communicators and other types of volunteer communicators.

This course focuses on auxiliary communications interoperability, the relationship between the COML and the volunteer, emergency operations center (EOC) etiquette, on-the-air etiquette, Federal Communications Commission (FCC) rules and regulations, auxiliary communications training and planning, and emergency communications deployment. It is intended to supplement and standardize an operator’s experience and knowledge of emergency amateur radio communications in a public safety context.


  • Completion of IS-100.b, IS-200.b, IS-700.a, and IS-800.b prior to the workshop. These classes can be taken at https://training.fema.gov/is
  • An active FCC amateur radio license
  • Past experience in auxiliary communications
  • An affiliation with a Public Safety Agency
  • A desire to work with COMLs in a NIMS/ICSenvironment

Course Information

Date: June 29-30, 2019
Time: 8:00am – 5:00pm
Course Length: 16 hours
Location:  Search & Rescue Building
10865 N Ramsey Rd
Hayden, ID 83835

Course Tuition and Travel Costs

  • No cost for this class
  • Travel costs are DHS/FEMA grant eligible
  • Local responder agencies should contact their respectiveCounty/Tribal Emergency Manager

Registration/State Contact


Download the Flyer here.

Recap - March 2019 Exercise

Wow!  What a great 5th Saturday exercise!

Spokane County ARES - RACES had over 20 participating radio operators.  The team worked voice, Winlink, home stations and remote.  Here is a sampling of where operators were deployed for this exercise:

  • The National Weather Service  (NWS)
  • Sacred Heart medical center
  • The Combined Communications Building (CCB - 911 call center)
  • Fairchild AFB
  • The DEM building
  • A handful of high schools and other (not home) locations

The team operated both Winlink and Voice traffic.  ICS 213 reports submitted by voice followed a "block-by-block" relay by operators using the actual ICS 213 form, similar to how an ARRL Radiogram would be passed.  This worked well according to reports by our net controllers.

The team utilized alternate frequencies to pass reports as needed, either to an alternate net control, or to the NWS.

The Emergency Coordinator team managed even more from the DEM building:

  • Receiving both voice and Winlink traffic from the Steven County ARES team
  • Checking in to the state-wide net on HF from the ECC (Communications Room at the DEM building)
  • Successfully connected and downloaded Winlink messages using Pactor over HF from the ECC
  • Successfully connected and downloaded Winlink messages using VHF Packet from the ECC
  • Sent County Requested (Exercise) Resource Requests via Winlink WA_ISC_213RR forms to Camp Murray, and received return receipts

Today, the team demonstrated without a doubt, they can operate more than voice, more than digital; they are strongest with both skill sets.  This is why no matter which methods work for an individual, they are valuable to Spokane County ARES - RACES.

Catch you on the air.  :)
Asa  Jay

-- Asa Jay Laughton - W7TSC, MSgt, USAFR, Retired
Spokane County ARES-RACES EC/RO

2018 03 30 5th Saturday Exercise

Our 5th Saturday exercise for the month of March, 2019 is chock full of communications challenges.  The Spokane County ECC will be focused on taking traffic from both home and deployed locations, as well as some surrounding counties who are working to participate.  We will be busy using ICS forms (205, 213, 214, 309), practicing Winlink and voice communications, switching frequencies for alternate traffic paths, and more.

Members of the Spokane County ARES - RACES team should have access to the exercise plan and forms by logging in to your Groups.io account and going to this directory:


We will not publish this information publicly, you must have a Groups.io account to access.  If you don't have a Groups.io account with us yet, please use the contact form to contact W7TSC.  Note, you might not get access prior to the exercise, so simply get on the primary frequency and take directions from there.

The menu items on this web site have links to various other elements you'll need, such as the blank forms, or even a link to the FEMA web site where all ICS forms can be downloaded.

Our exercise will run from 0800 to noon, Saturday, March 30, 2019.  We will have an after-action, hot-wash session at the DEM building following the exercise.

Sorry this has been posted so late in the game.  I look forward to a great exercise.

Thank you,

Asa  Jay
Spokane County ARES - RACES Emergency Coordinator

Current (2018-2019) ARES Monthly Meeting Location

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