Emergency communications is one of cornerstones of amateur radio. Out goal is to be prepared to serve our community in the event of an emergency or disaster when there is a need to provide organized message trafficking or to supplement failed communication mediums. The EMCOMM operator must be trained and equipped to support a wide variety of incidents. To that end we encourage participation in the ARRL Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES). To best be prepared and to join ARES specifically, there is training and certifications you can get for free without too much effort. Also, each Sunday night at 19:00 hrs on the W6SLZ repeater (146.700 PL 123.0) we hold an EMCOMM roll call for hams who are willing serve in the time of an emergency (though all are welcome to call in).
WESTERN KERN COUNTY ARES
As of now, TARA is associated with Western Kern County ARES:
ARES requires at least the following FEMA training courses: IS-100.B, IS-200.B, IS-700.A and IS-800.B. Additionally you need IS-100.HCB to server a hospital or health department. Find said couses at:
The go-kit is a crucial part of a ham’s ability to do EMCOMM. It has all of the tools and supplies needed to operate in an effective manner and do so for many hours or even days and in perhaps adverse conditions. There are many ways to assemble a go-kit such as boxes, cases and backpacks. What matters is that you have everything you need for the EMCOMM operation on the band you’re going to work, be able to recover from a SNAFU, and to take care of your own self. Our current strategy is to be equipped to operate primarily on the 2M band with added 70CM and HF where needed. Here are some examples of what typically goes into the kit: