- Location: Loudoun EOC
- Time: 6:50PM
- SET Overview
- Handling Traffic Discussion
- Discuss Loudoun ARES Net that will soon be held Tuesdays at 8:30PM on N4FSC Repeater – 145.31 MHz (PL 77)
- Review NCS script
- Discuss anti-jamming techniques such as Primary, Alternative, Contingency and Emergency (PACE) and alternating PL (requires repeater coordinator)
- Steps to complete INOVA WINLINK install
- January SEP – Need just two more volunteers to sign up for the 8AM-2PM At Home. See attached sheet. NB: signing up is a firm committment. You can of course participate even if you cannot sign up now.
- Bring your Training Task Books for signature
The Kenwood D710 located on the second floor radio room was connected via a USB-to-Serial (8 pin) cable to a laptop with WINLINK. We successfully sent and received email over the radio. Hospital located at 44045 Riverside Pkwy, Leesburg, VA 20176
Plug the USB side of the cable into the PC.
Plug the 8 pin accessory plug in the back of the head unit of the D710 labeled COM (NOT in the main body, that is the programming port).
Open a Telnet Winlink session to download any backlogged messages.
Open Packet Winlink session.
From SETUP, pick the D710 from the drop down menu. Be sure you choice the correct Band A or B.
Pick the correct Serial Port for your USB cable.
- Change the Maximum frames to 2.
Choose CHANNEL SELECTION.
Pick a nearby by gateway and not the frequency.
- Set Band A or B to that frequency.
- Choose Start.
Create New Message
Post to Out box
Select “Open Session”
- Primary (Voice Alpha repeater frequency)
- Alternative (Voice Bravo simplex frequency)
- Contingency (WINLINK)
- Emergency (TBD)
“Before the signing of the new MOU, the Commonwealth of Virginia, Virginia’s Department of Emergency Management RACES Program, the ARRL ARES program and various representations from unofficial RACES groups in Virginia led to the ineffective utilization of Amateur Radio resources,” Dura said. “In some situations, Amateur Radio was not even a part of emergency management organization’s response structure due to existing tensions and problems.”
According to Clements, the new MOU spells out that during activations that require deployment of ARES personnel, a State RACES officer at the State Emergency Operations Center will direct the Virginia Section Emergency Coordinator as to where Emergency Communications help is needed. The SEC will then assume the role of Virginia ARES-RACES Deployment Officer and will be responsible for the deployment of all Virginia ARES personnel and resources.
“The MOU formally recognizes any registered Virginia ARES member as a registered RACES member in Virginia; a volunteer does enjoy limited protection from liability to the same extent as a state employee, provided they act within the scope of their training, the limits of the MOU and the mission assigned by the agency,” said Clements.
“This MOU now provides the opportunity for all of the independent RACES units operating within the Commonwealth of Virginia to join with ARES/RACES to complete the fabric of mutual assistance that will help us cooperatively cover the entire Commonwealth,” said Clements. “We will continue to work together with emergency managers across the Commonwealth in support of their emergency communications needs in service to the citizens and guests in Virginia.”
Sokol said he was extremely pleased that the signing of the document has come to fruition: “The restoration of this MOU has taken a succession of ARES administrations to accomplish. Both Carl and I are pleased to be in leadership at this time to see this MOU to conclusion. We are fortunate to have such viable and flexible VDEM leadership and staff to work with. This document allows ARES/RACES to [work] as one in the best interests of the citizens of the Commonwealth of Virginia.”