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Task book Training

WC-ARES is dedicated to training its members the skills needed to assist in Emergency Communications during the time of disasters. To participate in WC-ARES activations that are several three levels of training that will determine your level of participation during any activation.

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) now requires all volunteers, including amateur radio operators, to have completed the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) IS-100.bIS-200.bIS-700.a and IS-800.b course material. WC-ARES members will be expected to understand and operate under National Incident Management System (NIMS) during activation. Without this training, you may be excluded from participating or gaining access to emergency sites during activation.

Below are the trainings needed by level:

Join an ARES groupBasicParticipation
Obtain Amateur Radio LicenseBasicProficiency
IS-100 Introduction to Incident Command SystemIntermediateEducation
IS-200 Single Incidents and Intitial Action IncidentsIntermediateEducation
IS-700 Introduction to the National Incident Management SystemIntermediateEducation
Skywarn Basic Training Weather monitoringIntermediateEducation
Participate in Directed NetIntermediateParticipation
Particpate in Simulated Emergency Test or ExerciseIntermediateParticipation
Obtain TaskbookIntermediateProficiency
Operate VHF Winlink stationIntermediateProficiency
Program tone into HTIntermediateProficiency
Set up cross-band repeater on mobileIntermediateProficiency
Write and send an ICS-213 messageIntermediateProficiency
Assemble a 24-hour Go-KitIntermediateProficiency
Program frequency and offset into radioIntermediateProficiency
Solder PL259 connector to coaxIntermediateProficiency
IS-800 Introduction to the National Response PlanAdvancedEducation
IS-802 Emergency Support Functions CommunicationsAdvancedEducation
ARRL EC-001 Introduction to Emergency CommunicationAdvancedEducation
PR-101 ARRL Public RelationsAdvancedEducation
ARRL EC-016 Public Service and Emergency Communications ManagementAdvancedEducation
Skywarn Advanced Training Weather monitoringAdvancedEducation
Serve as Net ControlAdvancedParticipation
Participate in Public Service EventAdvancedParticipation
Present a training sessionAdvancedLeadership
Participate in PIO activities Course PR-101 qualifies.AdvancedLeadership
Build a powerpole adapter cableAdvancedProficiency
Build a simple dipole antennaAdvancedProficiency
Hold a General Class License or higherAdvancedProficiency
Operate a VHF Winlink station in peer-to-peer modeAdvancedProficiency
Demonstrate proficiency in using ICS formsAdvancedProficiency
Hold a leadership position in a groupAway-TeamLeadership
Operate HF Winlink stationAway-TeamProficiency
Assemble a 72/120 hour Go-KitAway-TeamProficiency
Demonstrate ability to set up a Type-1 Away Team Go-Kit Complete VHF Packet to HF Pactor linked system.Away-TeamProficiency

Each member must update their task book by logging into South Texas Section Amateur Radio Emergency Service member database.