On the fourth weekend in June, Amateur Radio operators take to the field to practice and hone their skills. Field Day is Amateur Radio’s open house. Every June, more than 40,000 Amateur Radio operators throughout North America set up temporary transmitting stations in public places to demonstrate our science, skill, and service to our communities and our nation. It combines public service, emergency preparedness, community outreach, and technical skills all in a single event. Field Day has been an annual event since 1933 and remains the most popular event in Amateur Radio.
This year, Members of the Prince William County Amateur Radio Emergency Service and Dumfries-Triangle Volunteer Fire Department will be participating in the national Amateur Radio Field Day exercise, June 22 – 23, at Prince William County Emergency Operations Center, 1 County Complex Ct. in Woodbridge, VA. Since 1933, ham radio operators across North America have established temporary ham radio stations in public locations during Field Day to showcase the science and skill of Amateur Radio. This event is open to the public, and all are encouraged to attend.
If you have questions, please contact our Field Day Coordinator, Greg Gresham, or the Emergency Coordinator. More details and information is available in our Press Release.
When all else fails…
On Saturday, March 23, 2019, PWCARES supported the Marine Corps Marathon Program Office with the annual 17.75K run through the Prince William County Forest. Thanks to all who came out to support the event.
What Went Right
- Despite the wind, the antenna at Start/Stop stayed up, thanks to proper guying by Tom, W4PIO.
- The 6m frequency worked for communications among those that had it.
What can be improved
- Oddly, 2m communications did not work. Whether that can be attributed to a geomagnetic storm that rolled through Friday into Saturday, or something else, we are not sure. As the sun came up the communications improved. In one case, David, KG4GIY and Tom, W4PIO were standing almost next to each other and one could hear the communications and one could not, and there was no predictability about who heard what, when.
- Despite 6m working, it is not conducive to those that have to walk a bit to be able to see all of their section, making it a less than optimum solution.
- Several folks forgot their access passes.
Thanks to Brian, WC4J (top photo) and Eric, KJ4MSW (bottom photo).
On Saturday, March 16, 2019, PWCARES had our regular training.
The slides for training are available.
As we discussed, with regards to training, we will continue along the current training schedule and not worry too much about the new League’s training requirements for now. The on-line course is all full for this year’s offered courses as of now.
If you have Winlink questions, please do not hesitate to reach out.
Slides from the training are available.
On Saturday, January 19, 2019, PWCARES had their first training of 2019. Some of the topics we covered included:
There are a number of events coming up this year. First for the Marine Corps Program Office.
- Crossroads 17.75K (March 23)
- Run Amuck/Belleau Wood (June 15)
- Quantico Tri/Quantico 12K (August 24)
- Turkey Trot (Our November Training (November 16)
- Honor 8K (December 7)
Other fun events:
- United Resolve HF CommEx with the National Guard (June 1)
- Save Our Wounded Warrior Bike Ride (June 8)
- Field Day (June 22 – June 23)
- The Simulated Emergency Test (2nd Weekend of October)
There are new required training events, posted on the Training Page. For the classroom courses, we will be working with the County to get them arranged, either as a part of our regular training or a couple of evening trainings. Please send your certifications to the EC when you have completed the courses. If you have prior versions, you do not have to retake the course.
There have been some minor changes in the ICS 213 form and the ICS 214 forms. Please make sure you have the current forms in your kits. There are also new forms you need to know about, including the Prince William County Resource Form (see the Quick Reference Guide) and the Volunteer Request Form. Please familiarize yourself with these forms. One minor change from past years is that the paper process will be used over WebEOC, which will have a limited role going forward. If you are familiar with WebEOC, you can forget all that material.
The ICS forms tab has now been updated with the relevant forms you should have in your kits.
A hearty thank you to the cadre for all the help in 2018 and I look forward to a great 2019.
Christmas is behind us, and New Year’s Day is right around the corner, but in the meantime, you probably have a few hours to kill. How about doing some training?
New training requirements are coming. The 2019 training calendar is already posted, and along with the usual requirement of IS-700, IS-800, IS-100, and IS-200, there are new training classes that we all have to take to stay current with the county. For the on-line classes, the new ones include:
Both of these courses are new for us and we are required to take them as soon as possible. There are also some new classroom courses that will be sprinkled into the training as we go, but some of you may already have them. They include:
- EOC–101 Operation in the PWC EOC.
- G–191 Incident Command System/Emergency Operations Center Interface.
- G–775 EOC Management and Operations.
There are also some new optional course that you can take if you have some spare time.
Remember, if you already have one of these courses, you do not currently have to retake them. So if you have IS-700a, (the current version is 700b), you are covered.
As always, please send the Emergency Coordinator a copy of your certificate for those classes that you passed.
See you at the January Training! (Saturday, January 19, 2019) at the EOC.