Minnesota ARES invites all interested amateur radio license holders to participate in a joint Communications Exercise (COMEX) with the Minnesota Military Affiliate Radio Service (MARS) 7-8 NOV 2015.
We will be collecting actual Situation Reports in a prescribed format from each County in the state and forwarding that information MARS stations on the morning of Sunday, November 8. Participating stations should provide reports to their District level ARES contact, who will consolidate District reports and relay that information to the Section for relay to MARS stations.
You may use VHF/UHF or HF to send county-level situation reports. However, use of D-Star, Echolink or other internet-reliant systems are prohibited from this exercise as they most likely would not work if this scenario were to actually happen. To identify your local ARES contact, please see the MN ARES web site. If you do not hav a Emergency Coordinator for your county, please contact the appropriate District Emergency Coordinator.
This is an interesting challenge and a rare opportunity to work with MARS on a large scale exercise. Please encourage participation within your districts. You can contact Joe Reinemann at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions or would like additional information regarding this exercise. Good luck, 73, and we’ll talk to you the week end of 7 NOV.
SOG 6-C-001 Standard Operating Guide Frequency Pool, version 2E, has been revised as of July 8, 2015, and is now available for download on the Section Plans and Forms website. Changes were made to the HF Simplex Frequency Pool. Voice frequencies were changed to conform with the National Interoperability Field Operations Guide, or NIFOG.
Please download at your earliest convenience and reprogram your HF radios if necessary.
This edition includes various Incident Command System (ICS) forms for ARES use, clarifies the role of the Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service (RACES), contains an improved chapter on ARES training, and includes all current ARRL memoranda of understanding/agreement.
ARES consists of Amateur Radio licensees who have voluntarily registered their qualifications and equipment for communication duty in the public service, when disaster strikes. Every licensed amateur, regardless of ARRL membership, is eligible to apply for ARES membership.