( Narrow-Band Emergency Message System ) is
perhaps the best solution available for moving eMail and other
text-based information over amateur radio frequencies, to handle
emergency communications. Here I will outline the reasons that I have
come to this conclusion after reviewing the available amateur radio
mission is simple. - To provide an alternate means of moving messages
into and out of a disaster area where regular internet access has become
compromised, is limited or nonexistent.
Volunteers are important. But more important are the reasons for
volunteering, and the way an organization is managed to make it
effective. Take a moment and learn from the pros.
This checklist was adopted from a meeting I had the pleasure of
attending this past winter. It was with a group of hams that are very
involved in their community. Their participation spans from causal
observation at parades, to real emergency events. Weather spotting is
less than 10% of their mission. The rest is local community
Last night (8/10/09) began with a very long 75/80M band. There was none
of the usual local rag chew chatter because the lack of NVIS propagation
mode, so, I thought I'd see what was happening on the rest of the RF
Spectrum. I'd heard some NAVTEX on the 600M band and seeing as how I had
the laptop on hand I'd interface it to the rig and see what was what.
It was some bulletins about missile tests and other things out near the
Hawaiian Islands. After a few minutes they signed clear.
The 60-meter ham band has quite different
operating privileges in various countries of
the world. The frequencies, rules, purpose,
regulations, operating procedures, and levels
of priority are all different in each
In USA, the 5 MHz channels for ham radio were
specifically requested, justified, and
approved primarily for Emergency and Disaster
Communications. The stated justification is
the need for NVIS and regional disaster
response communications to fill in the
propagation gap between 40 meters and 80
This discussion has been presented at club meetings, civic groups and even
over the Tarheel Emergency Net. As I mentioned then, the purpose of this discussion
is to encourage you to think about how you should prepare for a disaster.
There is no "one-size-fits-all" formula for disaster preparedness. Consider
some of the points mentioned below and decide what preparations are best
What is Disaster Preparedness?
Disaster Preparedness means taking steps necessary to
make sure you and your family are safe and as comfortable as possible in
the aftermath of a disaster.
Many of today’s
experienced engineers got their start in electronics through amateur, or
“ham,” radio. (Many theories exist over the origin of the term “ham
radio,” but there is no consensus.) Over the years, however, the demands
of these engineers’ work, families, and communities took precedence,
and many hams lost interest and let their licenses lapse. Meanwhile,
with the rise of personal communications and Internet connectivity in
homes, many young engineers never needed ham radio as a way to explore
portable radio is the single-most versatile piece of equipment that a
firefighter or officer can carry into a hazardous situation.
Why do I believe that? Because portable radios are the primary means for:
- All responders to begin becoming informed and educated about the
incident once the first firefighter or officer arrives on the scene;
- The incident commander to execute command and control activities;
- Officers and firefighters deployed to tactical assignments in the
hazard area to communicate their observations and progress to the IC and
to receive updated orders; and
Today, ICS provides a rich set of tools for managing human and
technological resources to ensure effective and efficient management of
emergencies of all scales.
Unfortunately, as we have often seen,
communications and command failures are intertwined. Structured,
consistent means of managing communications resources are necessary,
particularly during incidents involving multiple agencies. ICS
establishes basic principles, practical tools, and a definitive
structure for supporting communications needs during emergency response.
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It is still being modified so please check back often. I will begin soon posting articles on the Blog Page.
Thanks again for visiting !
Jerry Brewer / N4MIU
Union County ARES EC
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