Auxcomm training in 2020

Auxcomm guide
Illinois is looking to hold four AUXCOMM Courses across the state in 2022, we would like one of those to be in Madison county.
The AUXCOMM course is a FREE 20 hour course taken over two days, usually a Saturday and Sunday.
"..volunteer organziations such as community emergency response teams and auxillary communications volunteers(e.g. amateur radio operatros; also called Hams) play key roles... Today nearly all states and terriotories have incorporated some level of participation by amateur radio auxillary communication operators into their TICPs and SCIPs, this allows them to quickly integrate the operators into the response efforts. {From Slide two of the AUXCOMM student book 2014}
The AUXCOMM Course trains experienced auxiliary emergency communications personnel on integrating their people, equipment and abilities into the Comunications Unit during planned events and all-hazards emergency incident operations. This course will help auxiliary emergemcy comminications personnel learn to work within the Incident Command System organizational structure.
We need to see what the level of interest there is in having the class. If you are interested please contact me at AA9FQ@ARRL.NET I would like your name, callsign, email. I will pass this information to Madison county EMA who will be scheduling the class.
You do not need to be an ARES, AUXCOMM, or Radio Club member to take the course.
Prerequisite: Must have the following prerequisites to attend this course: amateur radio licence, complete IS-100.b, IS-200.b, IS-700-.a and IS-800.b. and desire to learn how to work with COMLs in a NIMS/ICS environment.
If you are interested in taking the course in 2022, please contact
Bob AA9FQ@ARRL.NET with your name, callsign, and email. Your
information will be forwarded to Madison county EMA, who will
be scheduling the class.

ARES Task Book

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Task Book

The TaskBook is a working document that enables those ARES® communicators electing to participate in the ARRL training plan to track and document their training plan elements as they are completed towards the various levels of increasing proficiency. The TaskBook should contain all training plan items, completion dates and sign-offs as the ARES® communicator transitions through the three skill levels. The ARES® communicator is responsible for maintaining his/her Task Book and having it with him/her during training and assignments. The TaskBook also contains sections with definitions of the communicator levels, as well as common responsibilities.

Since the Task Book is personal to each ARES Communicator, each user should feel free to adapt it to their needs and requirements of their geographical region.

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Introduction to Auxcomm 2019


Instructors: Jim Pitchford N9LQF and Bob Evans AA9FQ
ICS Courses 100 and 700 are STRONGLY encouraged as prerequisites for the Introduction to Auxcomm course
Courses are free and available online at:

For the Train the Trainer you must of successfully completed the full 20 hour Auxcomm course and be willing to teach a section of the Intro course along with two other instructors.

Courses are free and available online at:
To Register Contact Bob Evans AA9FQ@ARRL.NET

The following information is required:
Which course date and location you want to register for.
Amateur radio license class callsign expiration
Name address cell phone number email
Class type Intro or Train the Trainer
If you have completed the ICS 100 and 700 we need to know what dates you completed those.
Served Agency affiliation if any
ARES County membership group if any
for the TTT what was the date you completed the full 20 hour Auxcomm course

ARRL EC-001 Introduction to Emergency Communication.

ARRL EC-001 Introduction to Emergency Communication.
A trial registration has opened for this online course.

ARRL’s Lifelong Learning Department is excited to announce the launch of the recently revised Introduction to Emergency Communications (EC-001) course. As part of this new initiative, the course has been updated, beta-tested by a group of course mentors, and transferred into a new online learning platform.

With the closing of the Connecticut Distance Learning Consortium (CTDLC) in mid-2018, EC-001 lost its virtual home and was taken offline. At that point ARRL’s Emergency Preparedness staff started working with the new Lifelong Learning team to explore short and long-term alternatives for offering the course. After a period of careful evaluation and review, the decision was made to move the course from the previous Moodle platform to a more modern Learning Management System called Canvas, which will be used while the new Lifelong Learning Initiative program is being developed. The EC-001 course will eventually become part of this new, comprehensive online learning environment.

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Computer gaming headsets and ham radio

Yamaha CM500 Headset with Built-In Microphone

Are inexpensive (or not so inexpensive) gaming headsets suitable for amateur radio applications? The de facto standard is the Heil Proset. But hams on a budget may may have more choices. James Richards - K8JHR, has done all the testing and research:

K8JHR -HEADSETS I HAVE TRIED, LIKE, OR RECOMMEND with Various and Sundry Observations Tossed In at No Extra Costs


Introduction to AUXCOMM Course - Illinois

Introduction to AUXCOMM Course

The course entitled "Introduction to AuxComm" to ready to accept students! The training class will be on Sunday, January 13 at the ILEAS Training Facility in Champaign/Urbana. The class will begin at 10:00AM and conclude at approximately 2:00PM.

The Intro to AuxComm class is a 4 hour overview of the Auxiliary Communicator role in Illinois. Students will get an brief introduction to the ICS/NIMS environment the agencies they will be helping use and how volunteer communicators fit within that framework. This is a beginning stepping stone to both the online and classroom FEMA classes regarding ICS and AuxComm. Previous completion of ICS 100 and 700 are suggested. We'll review lunch plans in a follow up email.

At the end of the course, you will receive a Certificate indicating you have met the requirements for the 'Intro to AuxComm" class and a guaranteed seat in the next full AuxComm Class should your schedule allow for your attendance. Please remember that entry into a full AuxComm Class will require completion of the most current edition of ICS 100, 200, 700 and 800. A General class license is also required.

Feel free to pass this email to other Amateur Radio Operators that you may know.

Please RSVP and by January 9, 2019.

ARES Connect

The new ARES Connect volunteer management system provides many valuable features that will truly enhance the experience of emergency communication volunteers. Those features include: a robust event management feature that allows you to create events, register users, log hours; a more automated reporting system based on user input, so that, instead of filing reports, you will be able to generate reports based on the events users register and log hours for; enhanced roster management capabilities; and embedded communications tools that will allow you to send email and text messages to volunteers.

If you have any questions, please contact the ARRL HQ ARES Connect Support team at

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