CENTRAL MISSISSIPPI ARES®
Amateur Radio Emergency Service®


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CENTRAL MISSISSIPPI ARES TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES


I. TRAINING NETS

II. IN PERSON TRAINING SESSIONS

III. PUBLIC SERVICE EVENTS

IV. EXERCISES

V. SIMULATED EMERGENCY TESTS

VI. DOWNLOADABLE TRAINING DOCUMENTS

1. Central Mississippi ARES Membership Forms & Documents
2. Central Mississippi ARES Net Control Documents
5. ARRL Emcomm Courses
3. Digital Communications
4. Emergency Communications
6. Incident Command System (ICS)
7. Knowledge Based Basic Radio Training
8. Net Documents
9. Public Service Event Documents
10. Safety
11. Traffic Handling
12. Weather / SKYWARN


I. TRAINING NETS:

1. Central Mississippi ARES Training Net:

Time: Mondays, 7:00 PM
Frequency: Pelahatchie Repeater: 145.390, 77 tone
Mode: Voice
Emphasis: Net Procedures, Traffic Handling, Weekly Training Topic
Net Manager: Maury Mullins, KG5SQZ, NetManager@MSARES.com

2. Central Mississippi ARES Digital Training Net:

Time: Mondays, 6:00 PM
Frequency: Pelahatchie Repeater: 145.390, 77 tone
Mode: Voice & Digital (MT63-2KL, 1500 on the waterfall)
Primary Emphasis: Assistance, instruction, and practice in setting up and using the Narrow Band Emergency Messaging System (Fldigi, Flmsg, Flamp) for sending and receiving digital traffic.
Secondary Emphasis: Assistance, instruction, and practice in setting up and using Winlink Global Email for sending and receiving email and traffic via amateur radio when the internet is down.
Net Manager: Kyle Conway, KI5JCL, Digital@MSARES.com

3. Central Mississippi ARES Winlink Net:

Time: Available for check ins and testing 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. To keep your skills sharp and your digital equipment freshly tested, we encourage you to check in at least once each week, at any time convenient to you.
Frequency: Use any RMS Gateway station you can access on 80, 40, or 20 meters to send a check in, test message, or traffic to KI5JCL
Modes: Any Winlink Mode which uses radio frequency. Peer-to-Peer occasionally available for practice on schedule
Emphasis: Practice using Winlink Global Email for sending and receiving email via amateur radio when the internet is down.
Net Manager: Kyle Conway, Digital@MSARES.com

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II. IN PERSON TRAINING SESSIONS

Central Mississippi ARES is again holding monthly in-person meetings. Meetings will include training, skill development, and an opportunity to demonstrate and have Taskbook requirements signed off on.

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III. PUBLIC SERVICE EVENTS

Public Service Events provide an excellent opportunity for training, while serving the public, advertising our services, and creating good will between the community and the team. Central Mississippi ARES provides back up
communications during events such as walk-a-thons, foot races, bicycle races, and parades.

As the Coronavirus pandemic begins to ease up, Central Mississippi ARES will resume participating in Public Service Events.

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IV. EXCERCISES

Throughout the year our EC in charge of training will work in conjunction with each of our AECs to coordinate training exercises and surprise tests.

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V. SIMULATED EMERGENCY TESTS

Every year, on a Saturday in August, we hold the annual ARRL/ARES Simulated Emergency Test. This event is designed test our ARES teams and Nets during the simulation of a major emergency or disaster. Each ARES Team and each Net are graded on their performance of several important criteria during the SET. Participation in the annual SET is required of all members of Central Mississippi ARES. Please mark the date now: Saturday, August 28, 2021

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VI. TRAINING DOCUMENTS

1. Central Mississippi ARES Membership Forms & Documents:

Central Mississippi ARES Membership Form


ARRL ARES Training Task Book V2.1.1


Central Mississippi ARES Training Quick Check List

ARES Manual

ARES Field Resources Handbook


2. Central Mississippi ARES Net Control Documents:

Net Roster Log Sheet (pdf): Net Roster Log Sheet
Net Roster Log Sheet (docx): Net Roster Log Sheet

Training Net Script (pdf) : Net Script
Training Net Script (docx): Net Script

Emergency Net Script: Emcomm Script

Digital Training Net Script:

Winlink Net Check In Form Template files:

http://msares.com/Central_Mississippi_ARES_Winlink_Check_In.txt
http://msares.com/Central_Mississippi_ARES_Winlink_Check_In.html
http://msares.com/Central_Mississippi_ARES_Winlink_Check_In_Viewer.html

An excellent document on how to install and use the check in files has been created for us by KI5JCL and available for download at:

http://msares.com/CentralMsAresWinlinkCheckInTemplateInstructions.pdf


3. Digital Communications:


4. Emergency Communications:


5. ARRL Emcomm Courses

EC-001 Emergency Communications (Course Transcript):

Drop Box Files

Entire Course in Zip File

Preface & Table of Contents:

Preface
Table of Contents

Section One: The Framework - How You Fit In

Topic 1: Intro to Amateur Radio Emergency Communications
Topic 2: Amateur's Professional Image
Topic 3: Amateur Radio Emergency Communication Organizations & Systems
Topic 4a: Partner Agency Communication Systems
Topic 4b: Working Directly With the Public

Section Two: The Networks for Messages

Topic 5: Basic Communication Skills
Topic 6a: Basic Net Operations
Topic 6b: Introduction to Emergency Nets
Topic 6c: Net Operating Guidelines
Topic 6d: The FCC Ruling on Drills and Employees
Topic 7: The Net Control Station
Topic 8: Net Control Station Operator Practices
Topic 9: The Net Manager
Topic 10: Specialized Nets and Their Operations
Topic 11: Severe Weather Nets / SKYWARN
Topic 12: Social Media and Emergency Communications
Topic 13: Digital Communications

Section Three: Message Handling

Topic 14: Basic Message Handling and Documentation
Topic 15: Introduction to the National Traffic System (NTS)

Section Four: What Happens When Called

Topic 16: Preparing for Deployment
Topic 17: Equipment Choices for Emergency Communication
Topic 18: Emergency Activation
Topic 19: Setting Up, Initial Operations, and Shutdown
Topic 20: The Incident Command System

Section Five: Maintaining Readiness

Topic 21: Operations and Logistics
Topic 22: Health and Safety
Topic 23: ARES PIO: The Right Stuff
Topic 24: Alternative Communication Methods
Topic 25: Hazardous Materials Awareness
Topic 26: Marine Communications

Section Six: Alternatives & Opportunities

Topic 27: Propagation, Space Weather, Solar
Topic 28: Other Training Opportunities

ARRL'S ARES Website


6. Incident Command System (ICS):

ICS: Basis

KNW-164 The ICS Organizational Structure

KNW-165 ICS Resources and Facilities

KNW-166 Organization of the Incident Command System

KNW-167 Where We Fit In ICS



7. Knowledge Based Basic Radio Training:


8. Nets:


9. Public Service Events:

- PSV-101: Public Service Events


10. Safety:

FEMA Shelter-in-Place Guidance

2021 MEMA Emergency Guide


12. Traffic Handling:


12. Weather / SKYWARN:

Central Mississippi ARES Storm Report Guide: Storm Report Guide

National Weather Service Storm Spotter Training Book: Book

Storm Spotter Cloud Identification Chart: Cloud ID Chart


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WEEKLY NET TRAINING TOPICS
Mondays, 7:00 PM
Pelahatchie Repeater: 145.390, 77 tone


April 19, 2021: Public Service Events, K1REZ,
.......... Handout: http://msares.com/training/psv101.pdf

April 26, 2021:
ICS Basis, K5FIT
.......... Handout: http://msares.com/training/icsbasis.pdf
...........Overview: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WEASV6jYJtE

May 3, 2021: The ICS Organizational Structure,K5FIT
.......... Handout: http://msares.com/training/KNW-164.pdf

May 10, 2021: ICS Resources and Facilities, K5FIT
.......... Handout: http://msares.com/training/KNW-165.pdf

May 17, 2021: Organization of the Incident Command System, K5FIT
.......... Handout: http://msares.com/training/KNW-166.pdf

May 24, 2021: ICS-104, K5FIT
.......... Handout: http://msares.com/training/KNW-167.pdf

May 31, 2021: ARRL ARES Link http://www.arrl.org/ares
........... Our CM ARES Quick Check List lists our specific training requirements and can be found here.
Central Mississippi ARES Training Quick Check List

June 7, 2021: 2021 ARRL Field Day is June 26-27.
What is Field Day? http://msares.com/training/What is FD.pdf
More info at: http://www.arrl.org/field-day
ARRL Field Day Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ohZW7aCJDps

June 14, 2021:
2021 ARRL Field Day Portal https://field-day.arrl.org/
2021 Field Day Packet http://msares.com/training/2021 Field Day Packet.pdf
2021 Field Day Safety https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vXIUqr3tMpU
2021 Fleld Day Q&A https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MvjFzpQiK3g
2021 Field Day Radiogram Bonus https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=55r-dRZ21kw

June 21, 2021:
2021 Field Day Rules & Planning https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nJksl714pIU
2021 Field Day - Basic Training http://www.arrl.org/field-day-basic-training

June 28, 2021:
Hurricane Checklist https://www.national-hurricane-center.org/hurricane-awareness/hurricane-checklist
Hurricane Awareness https://www.national-hurricane-center.org/hurricane-awareness

July 5, 2021:
ARE YOU READY? -- Training: KNW-102 http://msares.com/training/KNW-102.pdf
Basic Communication Skills -- Training: KNW-103 http://msares.com/training/KNW-103.pdf

July 12, 2021:
Getting To Know Your Radio -- Training: KNW-115 http://msares.com/training/KNW-115.pdf
Choosing A Radio For Emergency Communications -- Training: KNW-140 http://msares.com/training/KNW-140.pdf

July 19, 2021:
What is Net Control? -- Training: NET-102 http://msares.com/training/NET-102.pdf
Tactical Calls -- Training: NET-105 http://msares.com/training/NET-105.pdf

July 26, 2021:
Operating At Your Next Event -- Training: NET-106 http://msares.com/training/NET-106.pdf
Wide Area Communications Outage -- Training: NET-109 http://msares.com/training/NET-109.pdf

August 2, 2021:
Operational Stress -- Training: KNW-143 http://msares.com/training/KNW-143.pdf
How to Sound Like An Expert Operator -- Training: KNW-160 http://msares.com/training/KNW-160.pdf

August 9, 2021:
Instructions for filling out a Radiogram Filling out a Radiogram
Blank Radiogram form (fillable online) Radiogram Form
ICS-213 Form & Instructions ICS-213 Form & Instructions
Basic Messaging Review Including ICS-213 Basic Messaging Review Including ICS-213

August 16, 2021:
This link gives complete instruction, from beginner to experienced operators, on passing traffic on a radio net.
Amateur Radio Traffic Handler Training
The following two videos, courtesy of the Northern Colorado Amateur Radio Club, demonstrate the creation and passing on a net, of a Radiogram message.
How to Compose a Radiogram - National Traffic System - Not that scary Pt.1
How to Compose a Radiogram - National Traffic System - Not that scary Pt.2

August 23, 2021:
Every member should be using Winlink to practice sending and receiving messages. Even without any digital capability on your radios you can still use the software using Telnet (the Internet) to send and receive messages within the Winlink system. It will be one of the backbones of EMMCOMM traffic passing.

What Is Winlink? What Is Winlink?

Ham Operator Rick Frost K4REF has a great series on setting up and using Winlink and fldigi (NBEMS) software using a Signalink sound card. Many of his videos are linked in other parts of our web page but this is his complete video YouTube page. A wealth of knowledge here
K4REF Videos K4REF Videos

MS ARES standard modem software for use with HF is VARA HF (VARA FM is used for VHF). This link gives the most current version of Winlink Express as well as a link to the current VARA download page. Winlink and Vara Links

Short Tutorial On Setting Up And Using VaraHF With Winlink Software Setting Up And Using VaraHF With Winlink

August 30, 2021:
ARRL Power Point Presentation on the various digital modes. Great reference. ARRL Digital Power Point
Amateur Radio HF Digital Communications (another power point). Digital HF Communications Power Point
ARRL HF Digital Page. Lots of reference material.
ARRL Digital HF Page

September 6, 2021:
Simulated Emergency Test - S.E.T. -- Training: EME-114 http://msares.com/training/EME-114.pdf
Repeater Etiquette and Insights -- Training: KNW-163 http://msares.com/training/KNW-163.pdf

September 13, 2021:
There are a number of ways to accomplish soldering a PL-259 on coax. This is a demonstration of one way of doing that. This is a required demonstratable MS ARES skill.
Soldering a PL-259
Here is a demonstration of using the crimp and solder method to attach a PL-259 to coax
Crimp and Solder a PL-259

September 20, 2021:
Two videos from Dave Casler introducing and showing you how to install and use Andeson Powerpole connectors. Also a MS ARES required skill.
Dave Casler on Powerpoles 1
Dave Casler on Powerpoles 2

September 27, 2021:
Antennas are a favorite subject of mine. Another of the MS ARES required tasks is building a simple dipole antenna.
Here is Dave Casler on building a simple and inexpensive dipole.
Dave Casler on building a simple dipole
Dave Tadlock has been the inspiration for many of my antenna projects. Here is a more in-depth look at dipole and inverted V antennas.
Dipole and inverted V basics - Dave Tadlock

October 4, 2021:
Another MS ARES required skill is preparing a 24hr deployment kit. Here are some ideas that will help. Some of the material is a little dated but there are a number of links with great information.
Putting the Go in Go-bag
Go-Kit-Checklist

October 11, 2021:
A link from the National Weather Service about the Skywarn program.
Skywarn Info from the National Weather Sercice
The Central MS ARES Group has Skywarn Liaison personnel that will make sure any storm reports get to the National Weather Service when our emergency net is active.
How to Report Severe Weather
For those new to ARES or those wishing to brush up on their Skywarn training, here is a group of videos from the Norman, OK ARES group.
Skywarn Storm Spotter Videos from Norman, OK ARES

October 18, 2021:
US Amateur Radio Bands
Color Chart of US Amateur Radio Bands
About Band Plans from the ARRL
More Details on Band Plans from the ARRL

October 25, 2021: We are not recommending any particular brand of battery. The info here holds true for these types of batteries no matter the seller.
Presentation on Lithium Iron Phosphate Batteries by Bioenno
Bioenno Power Presentation with owner Kevin Zanjani
Choosing a Battery for HAM Radio
Choosing a Battery for HAM Radio - TheSmokinApe
Solar Power for your Ham Station
Solar Power for your Ham Station

November 1, 2021:
For the next two months we will return to basics using the
EC-001 Emergency Communications Course
Preface
Table of Contents
Topic 1: Intro to Amateur Radio Emergency Communications
Topic 2: Amateur's Professional Image

November 8, 2021:
Topic 3: Amateur Radio Emergency Communication Organizations & Systems
Topic 4a: Partner Agency Communication Systems
Topic 4b: Working Directly With the Public

November 15, 2021:
Topic 5: Basic Communication Skills
Topic 6a: Basic Net Operations
Topic 6b: Introduction to Emergency Nets

November 22, 2021:
Topic 6c: Net Operating Guidelines
Topic 6d: The FCC Ruling on Drills and Employees
Topic 7: The Net Control Station
Topic 8: Net Control Station Operator Practices

November 29, 2021: Topic 9: The Net Manager
Topic 10: Specialized Nets and Their Operations
Topic 11: Severe Weather Nets / SKYWARN
Topic 12: Social Media and Emergency Communications
Topic 13: Digital Communications

December 6, 2021:
Topic 14: Basic Message Handling and Documentation
Topic 15: Introduction to the National Traffic System (NTS
Topic 16: Preparing for Deployment
Topic 17: Equipment Choices for Emergency Communication

December 13, 2021:
Topic 18: Emergency Activation
Topic 19: Setting Up, Initial Operations, and Shutdown
Topic 20: The Incident Command System
Topic 21: Operations and Logistics

December 20, 2021:
Topic 22: Health and Safety
Topic 23: ARES PIO: The Right Stuff
Topic 24: Alternative Communication Methods
Topic 25: Hazardous Materials Awareness

December 27, 2021:
Topic 26: Marine Communications
Topic 27: Propagation, Space Weather, Solar
Topic 28: Other Training Opportunities

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