Official ARES Section activations are state-level activations authorized by the Section Emergency Coordinator, as requested by the Minnesota State Duty Officer, Minnesota Volunteer Organizations Active in Disaster (MNVOAD) or by local agencies.

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MN-ECN COMMEX (Communications Exercise) "NorthStar"

Benton Jackson, K0BHJ, COMT, AuxComm, MN ARES Section Emergency Coordinator

I participated in a MN Department of Public Safety Emergency Communications Network (MN-ECN) exercise up at Camp Ripley. Several MN ARES members attended this exercise, and I hope to get more involved next year. 

I have a couple articles and a video from that to share.

Here's my journal from the experience.

Here's an article MN-ECN just released:

And a video on facebook:

Same video on YouTube

The ARRL Minnesota State Convention will attract amateur radio operators from throughout the Upper Midwest for an all-day learning experience. It’s an important educational initiative that aims to develop a pool of radio operators ready to provide emergency communications in Minnesota communities. The American Radio Relay League (ARRL) is the preeminent national organization supporting US Amateur Radio. It is through ARRL that ham radio partners with FEMA to support response recovery efforts in the wake of disasters.

We have painstakingly designed this conference to give you as much diversity of knowledge and subjects to enhance your ability to communicate effectively in whatever mode or operation you desire. Some of this you will already know, but maybe not completely. Even the most knowledgeable ham operator has some challenges of operations in their abilities. We hope this conference meets with your approval. Please take a moment and look over all of the offerings. You may select up to 5 to register, however, depending on the number of attendees taking a given seminar, we will determine which seminars are offered at each hour and some might be opposite the ones you choose. We suggest you have alternative choices for when you arrive. You will be able to determine which seminar you wish to attend upon your arrival and seeing the schedule at that time. Space in each seminar is limited.

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