Tag Archives: ARES

2016 Wisconsin State ARES/RACES Conference

Every year in October, dedicated ARES/RACES members and emergency communicators meet for the annual Wisconsin ARES/RACES conference. This event, in it’s 18th year, was held at the McMillan Public Library in Wisconsin Rapids. For those that took time out of their day were rewarded with excellent presentations, thoughtful speakers, and plenty of networking. As a […]

Get a better signal out of your handheld radio

We’ve all done it. Standing on our tippy toes. The dance, slowly swiveling around, alternating holding our arms up in the air and hands close to our ears. I’m talking about the weird contortions we do until we get the best signal out of our handheld radio. “3 tips to get better reception and a stronger […]

2014 Wisconsin ARES/RACES Conference Recap

Every year in mid October, Wisconsin ARES/RACES, the state’s amateur radio emergency communications group holds its annual conference. While open to anyone with an interest in Emergency Communications, the conference gives ARES leadership an opportunity to network and share information in a fun and educational setting. This year’s conference, held on Saturday October 18, 2014 […]

Break Tags: Keep your Net Control Operation Running Smooth

During a weather net or other type of ARES/RACES activity, I’m typically the the person behind the microphone, operating as net control and keeping things running smooth. In my years as a net control operator, one skill I’ve picked up is the use of break tags to streamline operations and increase net efficiency. “Break Tags […]

2013 Wisconsin ARES/RACES State Conference Recap

Anyone that has read my blog for any length of time will know that i’m pretty involved with ARES/RACES, emergency communications, and public service communications. Everyone tends to pick a niche within the wide scope that the Amateur Radio Service covers, and mine is emcomm. With that in mind, the attending the annual Wisconsin ARES/RACES […]

Get Ready for the Simulated Emergency Test

Are you ready for the SET? Is your ARES/RACES team prepared for this annual event? Coming up the first weekend in October, the Simulated Emergency Test (SET) is a drill for ARES/RACES teams to practice deployment and communications effectiveness. Most SET drills can be quite simple, yet some groups really love to test the limits […]

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