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.

Winterheat 2022

Winterheat 2022 pig logo

WINTERHEAT is a month long amateur radio event conducted annually in the month of January to help promote amateur radio on the 1.25 Meter, 2 Meter, 6 Meter 33cm and 70cm bands.
This event uses an over-the-web QSO tracking database that displays event totals in real time as the event progresses.
A Facebook group is used as a means to provide information and updates about the WINTERHEAT event, ask questions about the event and to share event related topics amongst its members.
More information on the Winterheat Face Book page.
Event rules and regulations:

RF Safety rules for 2021 and beyond

New FCC RF safety rules for ham radio #hamradio - May 2021 Changes to FCC RF exposure rules go into place in May 2021 in the US. Ria's video talks about what's  changed and how to stay in compliance. Determine (under the new rules) whether you are covered under an exemption - Use either of two calculators to perform an evaluation for MPE (Maximum Permissible Exposure) if you wish to or are required to perform an evaluation.

Armed Forces Day 2021

About Armed Forces Day 2021:

The Army Military Auxiliary Radio System will host this year’s Armed Forces Day (AFD) Crossband Test, scheduled for May 7-8, 2021. This annual event is open to all licensed amateur radio operators, and will not impact any public or private communications. For more than 50 years, military and amateur stations have taken part in this event, which is only an exercise scenario, designed to include hobbyist and government radio operators alike.
The AFD Crossband Test is a unique opportunity to test two-way communications between military communicators and radio stations in the Amateur Radio Service (ARS), as authorized in 47 CFR 97.111. These tests provide opportunities and challenges for radio operators to demonstrate individual technical skills in a tightly-controlled exercise scenario that does not impact any public or private communications.
For a complete list of participating stations, modes, frequencies, and times, go to


Madison county ares net 3
The 146.790 repeater is essentially down, the only operational input at this time is the PL 127.3 and that receive site is compromised at best.
The 442.400 repeater is down
All real-world Madison county ARES operations will be occurring on the 145.230 repeater pl 79.7 as this is the ARES backup and SKYWARN primary repeater.
I will be investigating repeater options as far as having another backup repeater that covers the county.
From what I understand neither repeater will be a quick easy fix.
I will be formally asking the Lewis and Clark club about moving our Sunday net and primary operations.
SKYWARN operations will have precedence over ARES on the repeater. So, there would no ARES nets when severe weather threatens Madison , Calhoun or Jersey counties.
Reminder Madison county ARES primary simplex of 146.540 secondary simplex 146.580
Bob Evans
Madison county ARES Emergency Coordinator

2021 Storm Spotter Classes Go Virtual

Registrations now open

Do you have an interest in weather and helping your community? Well we have a great opportunity for you!

The National Weather Service Forecast Office in St. Louis is offering FREE virtual spotter classes to prepare for the heart of severe weather season. If you would like to assist your local community by becoming a volunteer storm spotter and reporting severe weather to the National Weather Service, or if you simply want to learn more about severe weather, consider attending one of our virtual sessions! 

What will be taught in the course?

Attendees are taught the basics of thunderstorm development, storm structure, the features to look for, and where to find them. What, when and how to report information to us at the National Weather Service is also covered.

What will you need at home?

Attendees will need a desktop or laptop computer to view the presentation. Additionally, we will use interactive polling software throughout the presentation which will use your cell phone should you choose to participate in the polling questions!

How do you register?

Registration links will be provided a couple of weeks before the scheduled presentations. The links to register will be placed below with each scheduled date. 

Virtual Storm Spotter Class Dates and Registration Links

Note: These courses may be canceled or changed on short notice due to active weather. NWS will communicate these changes via their website and social media channels.

NWS St. Louis



----- WINTERHEAT 2021 IS A GO! -----



WINTERHEAT is a month-long amateur radio simplex event/contest that tests amateur radio operators ability to make as many simplex contacts during the month of January on the 2M, 6M and 70cm bands.

Scoring is simple. Confirmed contacts are awarded 10 points and unconfirmed contacts are awarded 1 point.
All contacts are logged at the time they are made by using the event logging system.
All points are tallied in real time using the same system.

More States More Fun!

RegionMap_225HighUnlike last year, radio operators in the adjacent states may also participate this year. This change was to facilitate those radio operators who reside along the state boundary.
Radio Operators in the adjacent states who wish to participate may also make contacts with hams within their states as well. The goal is to make January Radio Active.

WH2020 had 6,500 contacts. Let's see if we can increase that this year.
For more information and to sign up please see the link below:
Please help spread the word about this event by cross-posting in other amateur radio related Facebook groups especially those groups in the adjacent states.
Jess Hunter - W9ABS

New Ham Guide Vol. 3

New Ham Guide V3
Interested in Amateur Radio, but don't know where to start ?
Have your HAM license and not sure what to do next?
This guide is designed as a path to the answers you may seek.
After all Winter is Coming and COVID is still canceling most events, so why not stay home and learn a new hobby, or dig deeper into one?
There is Madison County ARES as well as two clubs in Madison county; Egyptian Radio Club and Lewis and Clark Radio Club as well as the St. Clair Amateur Radio Club in St. Clair County. There are around 700 amateur radio operators in Madison county.
Information provided by Bob Evans AA9FQ.