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No Aug 11, 2018 Second Saturday Amateur Workshop

The Second Saturday Amateur Workshop, normally held at the DEM building in Spokane, is CANCELLED for August 11, 2018.  This cancellation is due to many ARES members having vacation or other activities keeping them busy during the week and will be unable to attend/facilitate the training that weekend.  The group will pick it back up in September.

May 17, 2018 Meeting Location

2018 Communications Academy

Spokane County ARES-RACES had four members attend the 20th Anniversary Communications Academy held in Seattle Washington April 14 and 15.  They attended sessions and heard from keynote speakers on topics including proposed ARRL changes to ARES member qualificatons, after actions reports from Puerto Rico after hurricane Maria, and more.  The team felt it was a worthwhile trip and will consider attending again next year.

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ARES Amateur Workshop - Digital Training and More

The second-Saturday Digital Workshop is changing.  The first change is moving the training from the Spokane County Fire Training Center, to the Spokane County DEM Building at 1121 W. Gardner Ave, Spokane, WA 99260.  The next change is in what is covered.  Previously, the workshop has focused primarily on digital comunications using Winlink.  Now that we have several people familiar with Winlink, the group will be expanding the topics covered, -and- include non-digital topics such as antenna theory, how to build an HF station and more.

Anyone interested in various topics related to Amateur radio and how they fit in the ARES architecture are invited to attend.  We will continue to have specific topics to cover and might break the workshop into more than one group as the need arises to provide more focused attention on different topics.  If a new topic comes up during a workshop, we will look to put it on a later agenda.

The April 14th workshop will take a look at the new Winlink formats of ARDOP and VARA that look promising as Winmor replacements.  Watch for more detailed announcements through the Groups.io emails.

 

Hawaii ARES/RACES - Hams to the Rescue

During a recent accidental Missile Warning in the U.S.A state of Hawaii, a reporter was there to do a special interest piece on Amateur radio operators.  What they really learned was more about professional communicators working as a backup system to authorities when other means of "getting the word out" might fail.

Watch the Video.

2018 March 31 - 5th Saturday Exercise

Spokane County ARES - RACES will be holding a multi-county exercise this coming Saturday, March 31, 2018.  These are the general objectives for this exercise:

  • We want to activate as many of the city halls as we are able to - we will be concentrating on the outlying areas (have a GPS or map).
  • Operating from portable stations (please be ready to setup a portable station & antenna) we would like to use something better than a car antenna if you have the ability to put one up.
  • HF operations from those locations.
  • VHF & UHF operations from those locations.
  • Winlink traffic from those locations.

We will be operating on our SECONDARY Repeater for this exercise NOT the primary. 
The Exercise will start at 08:00 PST Saturday morning.
The ICS-plan is in the FILES section please print it out.
DO NOT GIVE FREQUENCIES OUT OVER THE AIR.

An RSVP is requested. View Event on Groups.io.

The necessary ISC 205 and ISC 214 you WILL need for this exercise are in the Files section of the Groups.io site.

Please Note:  To access the Files section of the Groups.io site you must log in.  If you've never logged in previously, request the Groups.io site send you a link that will allow you to set up your initial password.  Once that is done, you will have access to the Files section.