MISSISSIPPI AMATEUR RADIO EMERGENCY SERVICES

(Updated: January 22, 2020)

Mississippi ARES Annual Meeting and Training Session
January 25, 2020

1:00 - 3:00 PM

Forum Room #1
Capital City Hamfest

Mississippi Trade Mart Building
Jackson, MS

Schedule:

1:00 pm: Welcome/Introduction to Mississippi ARES: Robert Hayes, KC5IMN, Section Emergency Coordinator

1:15 pm: MS ARES Operations & Recruitment: Kirk Frazier, AA1NA, Assistant SEC – Operations

1:30 pm: Digital Emergency Communications: Mark Williams, W5DIX, Assistant SEC – Digital

1:45 pm: New ARES Training Requirements: Rez Johnson, K1REZ, Assistant SEC – Training

2:00 pm: The Correct Way to Soldering a PL259 to Coaxial - Demonstration at Table Three by N5SPJ

2:15 pm: Task Book Sign Off Tables will be manned by the Assistant SECs (Bring your MS ARES Task Book)

3:00 pm: Meeting & Training Session Ends


TASK BOOK SIGN OFF TABLES

2:00 – 3:00 pm

From 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm, the Mississippi ARES Section Emergency Coordinator and his Assistant SECs will be available at the following four tables, for signing off on the Tasks which our ARES members can demonstrate or verify to us that they have met.

NOTE: The following Task numbers correspond with those in the Mississippi ARES Required Training Quick Check List which may be downloaded from this page, below.

1. ADMINISTRATIVE TABLE: Miscellaneous Requirements - Manned by KC5IMN

Task #1. Obtain MS ARES Task Book: Must bring a printed copy of your MS ARES Task Book

Task #2. Join an ARES Team: Fill out and submit a new MS ARES Membership Form.

Task #3. Net Participation: Call Sign must be on our List to have this signed-off at this event

Task #6. Serve as Net Control: Call Sign must be on our List to have this signed-off at this event

Task #7. Technician Class License: Present proof of your FFC License

Task #44. General Class or Higher License: Present proof of your FFC License

Task #47. ARES Training Session Participation Attendance at this Training Session qualifies

Task #48. Mississippi Section Phone Net First Thursday Emcomm Check In: Call-sign must be on list of recent check ins to the MSPN First Thursday Emcomm


2. EDUCATIONS TABLE: FEMA, ARRL, SKYWARN Courses - Manned by W5XX

Tasks #21 - #33, and #39 - #41 FEMA Courses: Must provide a copy of your FEMA Transcript or an official FEMA Certificate showing the correct number (and sub letter) for each course you want signed.

Tasks # 34 - #35. SKYWARN Courses: Must provide a copy of your SKYWARN Certificates (Basic and/or Advanced) you want signed off inyour task book.

Tasks #36 - #38. ARRL Courses: Must provide a copy of your ARRL Certificate for each ARRL course (EC001, EC016, PR101) you want signed off inyour task book.


3. OPERATIONS TABLE: Skills & Proficiency - Manned by AA1NA

Tasks #8 - #9. Program an HT: Must demonstrate to the person manning the table that you can program the Tone, Frequency, and Offset into an HT without looking at a manual.

Task #13. Build a Simple Dipole Antenna: Must correctly build a Dipole Antenna in front of the signer (Individuals must provide their own wire, center connectors, insulators, and tools)

Task #14. Task Build a Crimped (not soldered) Anderson Power Pole Connector: Must correctly build an Anderson Power Pole Connector in front of the signer. Must use ARES color configuration.(Individuals must provide their own Anderson Power Poles, wire, wire strippers, and Crimper)

Task #15. Solder PL259 connector to Coaxil: Must demonstrate the correct way to solder a PL259 Connector to a Coax (Connectors, short pieces of coaxial, solder, a soldering iron will be provided)

Task #16. Assemble a 24 Hour Deployment Kit: Must show your 24 Hour Deployment Kit to the signer and prove that it has all of the Basic Deployment Equipment Check List items as listed on page 10 in the ARES Field Manual.


4. DIGITAL COMMS TABLE: Winlink, NBEMS, BBS (Manned by W5DIX and/or K9EYZ)

Task #49. MS Winlink Net Participation: Call-sign must be on a list of recent check ins to the MS ARES Winlink Net

Task #50. MS NBEMS Net Participation: Call-sign must be on a list of recent check ins to the MS ARES NBEMS Net

Task #51. MS ARES BBS Participation: Call-sign must be on list of users of the K5LAM-1 BBS

If Digital Stations are available at the MS ARES Annual Training Session we will sign the following:

Task #11. Operate a VHF Digital Messaging Station: Demonstrate Operating a VHF Digital Messaging Station

Task #12. Operate a Unit Specific (an ARES Team’s) VHF or HF Digital Messaging Station: Demonstrate Operating your ARES Team’s VHF Digital Messaging Station (Requires bringing your ARES Team’s Station)

Task #18. Operate a VHF Digital Messaging Station in Peer to Peer (P2P Mode): Demonstrate Operating a VHF Digital Messaging Station in P2P Mode (Winlink, NBEMS-ARQ, Packet)

Task #19. Operate an HF Digital Messaging Station: Demonstrate Operating an HF Digital Messaging Station (Winlink, NBEMS, PACTOR) OR if you Call-sign is on our list of recent check ins to the MS ARES Winlink Net or MS ARES NBEMS Net you qualify.


All Mississippi ARES members: Please print out and bring the following items, if you plan to attend

1. Mississippi ARES Membership Form (Please fill out, bring, and turn in upon checking into the meeting)

2. Mississippi ARES Required Training Quick Check List (Please bring for us to sign off and keep in our Training Files)

3. Mississippi ARES Member Training Task Book (Please bring for us to sign off on and for you to keep)

4. Meeting Schedule and Task Book Sign Off Tables (Bring if you wish to have your own copy during the meeting)

Additionally, please bring a printed copy of your most up to date FEMA Independent Study Transcript. If you do not have a copy you may obtain it using the following form: http://www.msares.com/tranrqst1.pdf


MS ARES TRAINING NEWS

Rez Johnson, K1REZ has accepted an appointment as Assistant Section Emergency Coordinator in charge of ARES Training for Mississippi. In this position he will be coordinating our ARES leaders and members in the implementation of ARRL's new ARES training requirements.


ARRL UPDATES ARES MEMBERSHIP AND TRAINING REQUIREMENTS

In order to bring ARES in line with FEMA and the National Incidence Command System If you have not done so already, please download a copy of the new ARES Standardized Training Plan Task Book from the links above. Please print out a copy to place in a binder for use during your ARES training and certification.

K1REZ also requests that all ARES members send him a copy of their latest FEMA Independent Study Transcript via email or snail mail.

Email: ARES_TRAINING@MSARES.com
Postal Mail: P.O. Box 955 Pelahatchie, MS 391045-0955


UPCOMING ARES TRAINING SESSIONS

ARES Training Session
Saturday, January 25, 2020, 1:00 - 3:00 pm
Room # 1
Mississippi Trade Mart Building
State Fairgrounds
1207 Mississippi Street, Jackson, MS 39201

During the Capital City Hamfest, Mississippi ARES will be holding an Official ARES Training Session

The purpose of this training session is to bring our ARES leaders and members up to speed on the new ARES membership levels and Task Book requirements. Participants will view a presentation on the new requirements, be given an opportunity to learn new ARES skills, and have the requirements they have met signed off on in their Training Task Book.

Please bring a printed copy of your Task Book with you. Additionally, please bring a printed copy of your most up to date FEMA Independent Study Transcript. If you do not have a copy you may obtain it using the following from: http://www.msares.com/tranrqst1.pdf.


QUICK ARES DOWNLOADS

1. Mississippi ARES Membership Form (Word odt)

2. Mississippi ARES Member Training Task Book (fillable pdf)

3. Mississippi ARES Member Training Task Book (word doc)

4. Mississippi ARES Member FEMA Independent Study Transcript Request Form

5. Mississippi Section Emergency Operation Plan

6. Mississippi ARES Emergency Frequency Plans

7. ARES Manual

8. ARES Field Resources Manual

9. Mississippi ARES Required Training Quick Check List

10. ARES Configuration for building Anderson Powerpole Connectors


MS ARES DIGITAL NEWS

MS ARES WINLINK NET

Mississippi ARES Winlink Net - DEC 17th 2019 Kick off. 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month.

ATTENTION ALL OPERATORS, ASEC's DEC's, EC's and AEC's

WHO: All amateur radio operators located in Mississippi.
REQUIRED: DEC's, EC's, AEC's or surrogate station in their area to relay to the net.
WHAT: MS ARES Winlink Net VHF, Packet or HF available
WHEN: Anytime on the 1st or 3rd Tuesday of each month 0600 to 1900 hours
HOW: This net will accept check-ins via Winlink modes including telenet.

Beginning December 17th, 2019, there will be a Winlink net each 1st and 3rd Tuesday of every month.

1. Check-in is between 0600-1900 Central and can be ANY mode including Telnet. (Those whom are not setup for Winmor, packet etc, can go to Winlink.org and setup a @winlink.org account and use the telenet (Internet) feature without a sound card or until you have the ability to use the Winmor feature i.e familiarization with the system to take the next step when you are ready.

2. Put Winlink Net in the Subject line of your check-in message and put your name and the mode you're using (Telnet, Packet, Winmor etc.) in the body of the message.

3. You will receive an acknowledgment to show that you're checked in from the designated NCS covering that particular Tuesday.

4. Address your check-in message to w5dix@winlink.org, k9eyz@winlink.org and k1rez@winlink.org... all of theses addresses MUST be in the SEND TO line please. This is to allow the NCS to rotate sending acknowledgments. (The NCS's will work out the schedules including adding additional NCS stations in the near future)

To be an NCS, you must be Winlink Winmor capable minimal

>>>> Please remember to use the correct format for check-in, as shown below (check-in message on a SINGLE LINE), over a VHF or HF connection: <<<<<<<<

>>>>>>To: w5dix@winlink.org;k9eyz@winlink.org
Subject: //WL2K MS ARES Winlink Net Check-In
Message: call sign, position if you are ARES/RACES officer, first name, city or town, county, state <<<<<<<<

You may send your check-in as a regular Winlink message or use the ICS-213 form available in Winlink Express.

This net will repeat every 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month. This is a simple check-in with the purpose being to have MS ARES & RACES members stay up to date on how to use Winlink Express.


NEW CHECK IN FORM TEMPLATE UNDER DEVELOPMENT

MS ARES WINLINK NET CHECK IN FORM TEMPLATE:

A number of years ago, when I served as the first ARES ASEC in charge of Digital in Mississippi, I started the first MS ARES Winlink Net. At that time, I created a Check In Form template to automate much of the check in process, to offer several ways to view and print the information, and also to make all of the pertinent information available in a spreadsheet friendly format for record keeping.

Today, I tweaked the old form (V 1.1) to bring it up to the needs of this year's new net. Below is the instructions for using V 2.1.

Note: This check in form has not yet been approved for use during the new MS ARES Winlink Net.

INSTRUCTIONS:

1. Find the RMS Express folder on your computer’s C drive
2. Inside RMS Express folder find your Templates folder. Remember this location.
3. Go to the following webpage:
4. On that page, download all three of the following files to your Winlink Express Templates folder

http://msares.com/Mississippi_ARES_Winlink_Check_In.html

http://msares.com/Mississippi_ARES_Winlink_Check_In.txt

http://msares.com/Mississippi_ARES_Winlink_Check_In_Viewer.html

5. Open your Winlink Express program

6. Click on “Messages” at the top of the scree

7. Click on “New Message” (the “Enter a new message” window will open up)

8. Click on “Select Template” at the top of the screen (The “Template Manager” window will open)

9. Look through the folders in the Template Manager until you find “Mississippi_ARES_Winlink_Check_In.txt”

10. Click on “Mississippi_ARES_Winlink_Check_In.txt”

11. The Mississippi Winlink Net Check In Form will open up in your internet browser. Be patient it may take a few seconds to open up.

12. The Date, Time, and your Call Sign are automatically entered into the form for you.

13. Choose your Check In Type from the drop down menu.

Choices include:

1st Tuesday Net Check In
3rd Tuesday Net Check In
ARES Activation: (Give Details Below)
RACES Activation (Give Details Below)
SKYWARN Activation (Give Details Below)
Station Test

14. The form is automatically sent to the MS ARES WinLink Net Net Control Stations (W5DIX, K9EYZ, and K1REZ). If you would like to have a copy of your check in form sent to other officials and agencies, place their winlink callsigns in the blank space provided, with a semi colon ( ; ) between each callsign.

15. Fill in your First and Last Name

16. Fill in your City, County, and State

17. Fill in your Activation Location . Your Activation Location is the place where you were deployed to handle emcomm during an emergency activation, a drill, or a test (regular Net Check Ins count as tests). It might be a County Emergency Operations Center, a Red Cross Shelter, a Hospital, an Incident Command Post, a mobile command vehicle, a park, a parking lot, or your own home.

18. Choose your ARES / RACES Position from the drop down menu.

Choices include:

ARES Level One Member
ARES Level Two Member
ARES Level Three Member
ARES AEC
ARES EC
ARES ADEC
ARES DEC
ARES ASEC
ARES SEC
State RACES Officer
State RACES Team Member
County RACES Officer
County RACES Team Member

19. Choose your Session Type from the drop down menu.

Choices include:

Winlink Winmor
Winlink P2P
Winlink Packet
Winlink Pactor
Winlink WebMail
Winlink Telnet

20. If you are going to use a Winlink Gateway station to send your check in, type its call sign in the blank space provided (K5LAM-10 on 3586.000 is a popular Winlink Gateway Station in Brandon, MS)

21. Choose the Band you are using to send your check in from the drop down menu.

Choices are:

None
VHF
220
UHF
80 Mtrs
60 Mtrs
40 Mtrs
30 Mtrs
20 Mtrs
17 Mtrs
15 Mtrs
Shares HF
LAN/Mesh

22. If you are reporting an ARES / RACES / or SKYWARN Activation use the blank space provided to report it

23. You the blank space provided to make any brief comments you might have.

24. After you have completed the form, click on the “Submit” button. (Or you can click on the “Reset Form” button to erase everything and start over).

25. When you click the “Submit” button a small window with the following text pops up: “To complete your form submission, click OK and close open blank browser window. You will return to the New Message window to post your mail to the outbox. You can also make address changes at this time.”

26. Click “OK”

27. Close the blank web page (in some browsers it says “http://localhost:8001/” your may say something different)

28. Click on the “Enter a new message” Winlink Express window. You will see that all of the data you entered into the form has now auto populated to the various places in the email. Leave everything as it is.

29. Click on “Post to Outbox’ at the top of the window.

30. If you look at the message in your Out Box folder, you will notice that this message has a yellow paper clip icon which indicates that it has an attachment. The attachment is an easy to read, printable read only version of the form. Click on the paper clip and it will open up in your web browser. There is a button at the lower left side of the page for printing. You will also notice that there is a box containing all of the pertinent information from your check-in in comma delimited order for easy pasting into a spreadsheet.

Example: 2019-12-01 23:45:26, Morton, Scott, MS, EOC, K1REZ, Rez, ASEC, Winmor, K5LAM-10, 80 Mtrs

The recipients can simply read the text in the email or read/print the attached read-only form.

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V 1.1 Designed by K1REZ 2013
V 2.1 Designed by K1REZ 2019