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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.

2019 Skywarn Recognition Day

Good evening Skywarn Enthusiasts,

SKYWARN RECOGNITION DAY is December 6th & 7th, 2019

SKYWARN Recognition Day, every first Saturday in December is a day to acknowledge their contributions to their communities.

We will begin set up on Friday December 6th around 10:00AM so we can be ready and on the air by nightfall. At this time the official announcement has not been made by the League or the NWS. More details will arrive soon, and we will pass this on to our area here. Please note, this will not be an overnight operation as we have done in the past out of respect for the evening employees there. We will operate with an evening shift and morning shift in the building and there is a strong possibility we will have the ARES Trailer there also. More on that later.

SKYWARN Recognition Day was created in 1999 by the National Weather Service and the American Radio Relay League (ARRL) to recognize the importance that amateur radio provides during severe weather. Many NWS offices acquire real-time weather information from amateur radio operators in the field. These operators, for example, may report the position of a tornado, the height of flood waters, or damaging wind speeds during hurricanes. All this information is critical to the mission of the NWS which is to preserve life and property. The special day celebrates this contribution by amateur radio operators.

The purpose of the observation is to recognize the vital public service contributions that Amateur Radio operators make during National Weather Service severe weather warning operations. It also strengthens the bond between Amateur Radio operators and the local National Weather Service.

You can participate in SKYWARN Recognition Day by visiting a National Weather Service office. To be included, you must add your name and call, time availability, and equipment you could bring to our list we are preparing now.

Please reply to: totalham underscore 5 at msn dot com, if you wish to be included adding the above information listed. And leave a good phone number so I or Mary may call if we have questions.

To learn more about becoming a SKYWARN spotter go to: www.skywarn.org or read articles at: www.arrl.org

2019 December SSAW

Hi all,
You've been hearing for a couple of months that we weren't holding a Second Saturday Amateur Workshop (SSAW)  in December, to give folks a month off.

At our monthly training meeting on November 21, enough interest was expressed in Fldigi to have a follow-up session.  Folks agreed Saturday December 14 would be a good time to hold that.

With that in mind, the training room at the DEM has already been secured for that date.  Anyone who wishes to learn more about Fldigi, or practice with Fldigi, is welcome to come.  The doors will open about 0830 and the group will meet until at least noon if not a little after, depending on the interest and availability of experienced users.

Bring your computer, your radio and a soundmodem and prepare to have some fun.
Asa  Jay

NEW - 2019 ARRL ARES and Spokane County ACS Requirements

In 2019, the Amateur Radio Relay League (ARRL) published new requirements for volunteers to maintain status in Amateur Radio Emergency Services (ARES).  The new requirements encompass three levels of qualifications and training that must be maintained for deployoment eligibility.  These new requirements can be found on the ARRL ARES web site here:  http://www.arrl.org/ares

In addition, Spokane County Department of Emergency Management has implimented a new Auxiliary Communications System built around the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) AUXCOMM model.  This new system draws on the Amateur community through ARES volunteers, in addition to other local resources as needed.  These people, both Amateur and other, will receive training in the operation of other-than-ham systems, such as county Satellite systems, 900MHz radio systems and more.

A presentation was recently given to the local Spokane County ARES - RACES group outlining both the new requirements for ARRL ARES, and Spokane County ACS.  That presentation can be found in the Downloads area under Presentations.

We will continue to manage both the local ARES group, and provide inputs to the ACS system.  As we grow both organizations in the area, we are relying on the professionalism and demonstrated expertise of our members to provide the necessary volunteers in the event of an incident requirement people to help run communications systems in our area.

To learn more, come to one of monthly Training meetings, the third Thursday of each month at the Spokane County DEM building at 2111 East Gardner in Spokane.

Current (2018-2019) ARES Monthly Meeting Location

Hawaii ARES/RACES - Hams to the Rescue

During a recent accidental Missile Warning in the U.S.A state of Hawaii, a reporter was there to do a special interest piece on Amateur radio operators.  What they really learned was more about professional communicators working as a backup system to authorities when other means of "getting the word out" might fail.

Watch the Video.

Attention Weather-Spotters 2019

The National Weather Service (NWS) in Spokane County will be performing a major radar upgrade from June 24 to July 5.  This will take the radar out of service for nearly two weeks.  This means the NWS will be relying on weather spotters, more than usual for reports of local and outlying area weather conditions.

Weather Spotter Resource Page

How to Report Weather

As we are given more information about this outage, we will post it in this article.

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