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The membership Welcome Letter and ARES application have been updated to better reflect
requirements for obtaining the Spokane County ID card.

PLEASE NOTE:  We now have a Groups.io site for ARES - RACES members.
You may have to set up your password for total access.

AUXCOMM Training - Idaho, June 2019

Course Description
This class is designed for auxiliary communicators and groups who volunteer to provide backup radio communications support to public safety agencies. Typically, this includes amateur radio and Radio Emergency Associated Communications Team (REACT) communicators and other types of volunteer communicators.

This course focuses on auxiliary communications interoperability, the relationship between the COML and the volunteer, emergency operations center (EOC) etiquette, on-the-air etiquette, Federal Communications Commission (FCC) rules and regulations, auxiliary communications training and planning, and emergency communications deployment. It is intended to supplement and standardize an operator’s experience and knowledge of emergency amateur radio communications in a public safety context.


  • Completion of IS-100.b, IS-200.b, IS-700.a, and IS-800.b prior to the workshop. These classes can be taken at https://training.fema.gov/is
  • An active FCC amateur radio license
  • Past experience in auxiliary communications
  • An affiliation with a Public Safety Agency
  • A desire to work with COMLs in a NIMS/ICSenvironment

Course Information

Date: June 29-30, 2019
Time: 8:00am – 5:00pm
Course Length: 16 hours
Location:  Search & Rescue Building
10865 N Ramsey Rd
Hayden, ID 83835

Course Tuition and Travel Costs

  • No cost for this class
  • Travel costs are DHS/FEMA grant eligible
  • Local responder agencies should contact their respectiveCounty/Tribal Emergency Manager

Registration/State Contact


Download the Flyer here.

Recap - March 2019 Exercise

Wow!  What a great 5th Saturday exercise!

Spokane County ARES - RACES had over 20 participating radio operators.  The team worked voice, Winlink, home stations and remote.  Here is a sampling of where operators were deployed for this exercise:

  • The National Weather Service  (NWS)
  • Sacred Heart medical center
  • The Combined Communications Building (CCB - 911 call center)
  • Fairchild AFB
  • The DEM building
  • A handful of high schools and other (not home) locations

The team operated both Winlink and Voice traffic.  ICS 213 reports submitted by voice followed a "block-by-block" relay by operators using the actual ICS 213 form, similar to how an ARRL Radiogram would be passed.  This worked well according to reports by our net controllers.

The team utilized alternate frequencies to pass reports as needed, either to an alternate net control, or to the NWS.

The Emergency Coordinator team managed even more from the DEM building:

  • Receiving both voice and Winlink traffic from the Steven County ARES team
  • Checking in to the state-wide net on HF from the ECC (Communications Room at the DEM building)
  • Successfully connected and downloaded Winlink messages using Pactor over HF from the ECC
  • Successfully connected and downloaded Winlink messages using VHF Packet from the ECC
  • Sent County Requested (Exercise) Resource Requests via Winlink WA_ISC_213RR forms to Camp Murray, and received return receipts

Today, the team demonstrated without a doubt, they can operate more than voice, more than digital; they are strongest with both skill sets.  This is why no matter which methods work for an individual, they are valuable to Spokane County ARES - RACES.

Catch you on the air.  :)
Asa  Jay

-- Asa Jay Laughton - W7TSC, MSgt, USAFR, Retired
Spokane County ARES-RACES EC/RO

2018 03 30 5th Saturday Exercise

Our 5th Saturday exercise for the month of March, 2019 is chock full of communications challenges.  The Spokane County ECC will be focused on taking traffic from both home and deployed locations, as well as some surrounding counties who are working to participate.  We will be busy using ICS forms (205, 213, 214, 309), practicing Winlink and voice communications, switching frequencies for alternate traffic paths, and more.

Members of the Spokane County ARES - RACES team should have access to the exercise plan and forms by logging in to your Groups.io account and going to this directory:


We will not publish this information publicly, you must have a Groups.io account to access.  If you don't have a Groups.io account with us yet, please use the contact form to contact W7TSC.  Note, you might not get access prior to the exercise, so simply get on the primary frequency and take directions from there.

The menu items on this web site have links to various other elements you'll need, such as the blank forms, or even a link to the FEMA web site where all ICS forms can be downloaded.

Our exercise will run from 0800 to noon, Saturday, March 30, 2019.  We will have an after-action, hot-wash session at the DEM building following the exercise.

Sorry this has been posted so late in the game.  I look forward to a great exercise.

Thank you,

Asa  Jay
Spokane County ARES - RACES Emergency Coordinator

Current (2018-2019) ARES Monthly 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.


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