Jan 23, 2020 Meeting Minutes

ANCS (Alternate Network Control Station)

Starting in March, please sign up for ANCS slots.  The ANCS will send traffic on the net to the NCS. Other duties includes tracking call ins. For examples, 4 mobile call ins and 6 standard calls ins.


  • There will be a Feb Traffic Training Session. Date TBD.
  • Starting in March, the NET will practice traffic handling each week between the ANCS and NCS.
  • Others may send traffic too.


We will develop PACE for both Voice and Digital.  Digital will include HF.


Oct 22, 2019 Meeting Minutes

Reviewed the new ARRL ARES Training Task Book.  Signed off on educaton, participation and skill tasks. AECs can sign off on tasks, but the EC is required for level sign off. Kevin is considering becoming an AEC.
Discussed the January 18, 2020 SET – Grid Failure.  An Exercise Design Team (Rob, Joe D., Dave P, Kevin M., Kurt R., Steve D.) was established to meet three times to develop the exercise.
Kevin, can you please setup those three meetings.  You might want to use Signup Genius. Let me know if you don’t have time.
There was unanimous consent to establishing a weekly Loudoun ARES Net.  It would use a repeater three times and simplex once a month.  The NCS could use the EOC for simplex night.  Traffic would be stricly tactical. There was much interest in relaying traffic for those times the NCS on simplex night cannot hear everyone. Think Reston Bike or Oktoberfest.  That will require defining procedures, training and practice.
Loudoun ARES needs a general Ops Plan for those procuedures, a NCS script and other topics such as communication methods (PACE).
  • Primary (Voice Alpha repeater frequency)
  • Alternative (Voice Bravo simplex frequency)
  • Contingency (WINLINK)
  • Emergency (TBD)
If you are interested in being on a team that establishes our ARES Net or drafting Ops Plan, please let me know.