Tag Archives: emergency communications

Introduction to APRS- the Automated Packet Reporting System

The Automated Packet Reporting Service is a digital real time communications system to share tactical information and messages. The most common activity in APRS is to plot the location of moving objects using GPS information, but APRS can also be used for short messaging, weather station telemetry, announcements, and displaying objects on a map. The […]

Near Vertical Incidence Skywave (NVIS) Propagation

Near Vertical Incidence Skywave Propagation is an effective form of HF communication for stations in a 100 – 300 mile range. Ideal for Emcomm, the emergency communicator should be familiar with the use of NVIS antennas and propagation. Learn more about NVIS for emergency communications along with a short demonstration by watching the video below. […]

ARRL Field Day 2018 Recap

Every year for ARRL Field Day, we try to mix things up- find a gimmick so to say. This year was no different when my local club, the Wisconsin Valley Radio Association, participated in a joint ARRL Field Day event with the Merrill Amateur Radio Group (MARG) of Merrill, WI. This year we did a […]

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 […]

Communications Planning for Community Events

Recently our ARES/RACES group provided communications for two day motorcycle rally. Titled the MDA ride, it is a fundraiser for muscular dystrophy. The communications needs for the ride may sound simple, but due to the scope of the event, it involved a comprehensive communications plan to keep the riders safe and provide situational awareness to […]

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