Merry Christmas

A very Merry Christmas to all of you from Puerto Rico… at times like this, working a disaster in the holiday season, the importance of family hits home hard… enjoy yours this holiday season… many cannot…

May this season bring you all joy…

Winter Field Day

Winter Field Day is coming up the last weekend in January (27th-28th)… I hope many of you participate… the event has been growing in participation, and I believe this year will top last year, as last year topped the year before.

And I hope we have weather like have had the last couple of years… nearly Fall like weather…

Although it is likely a good idea, I had not planned to implement an RI ARES set up for Winter Field Day… I am organizing the Newport County Radio Club effort this year, like last year and the year before… Perhaps we can investigate doing an ARES set up for next year…

Re: Nov 21 VHF Net

Last night’s net went well. We had 20 check ins and ran over time. A good introductory net Next time we will offer up some short and fun training exercises… I hope we have at least as many check ins… December 19th… same place and time. Thanks to all who participated.

In the interim enjoy family time for Thanksgiving. Family time is scarce these days. Enjoy, and be safe.

New ECs

RI ARES welcomes Tim Cashman KB1UZD as an Emergency Coordinator for Washington County in the South Kingstown area, Jeremy Taylor K1JST as an Emergency Coordinator for Kent County, and Martin Mendelson N1JMA as the Emergency Coordinator for Skywarn activities state-wide.

Tim is a long time ham who also acts as shelter manager for South Kingstown/Narragansett, as sometime Boy Scout troop leader, and otherwise savvy emergency communications operator.

Jeremy has a long background in IT, is an active ham, and is involved with the Exeter West Greenwich Schools. He has actively been helping with the development of the ARES RI membership website, coming soon.

Martin has been the Skywarn coordinator in RI for many years, and is the primary net control station for the Skywarn Net every Wednesday evening at 8:30 on the KA1RCI (look up NB1RI in updated repeater references) Network of repeaters.

All are available to assist new members.

Updated FEMA NIMS Docs

BRAND NEW: FEMA released its updated National Incident Management System (NIMS) documentation. We encourage all ARES Members to be familiar with this system. This system is covered in the FEMA Course IS-700x… x being the most recent version available, which is currently 700a… the 700b version will be available once the disaster responses settle down.


VHF Emergency Practice Net

RI ARES will be commencing a monthly VHF emergency practice net every 3rd Tuesday of the month at 9pm following the Ocean State Emergency Communications Alliance Net on the KA1RCI repeater network. Once a month, we will have fun with various emergency scenarios and drills. All licensed hams are welcome. For more information, contact one of the ARES Leadership members.

Washington County
— District Emergency Coordinator : Jim KB1MAO
— Emergency Coordinator: John W1JPZ
— Emergency Coordinator: Scott WX1X
— Emergency Coordinator: Tim KB1UZD

Newport County
— District Emergency Coordinator: Paul N1PSX
— Emergency Coordinator: Chuck N1CKT
— Emergency Coordinator: Ted W1GRI

Kent County
— District Emergency Coordinator: Tom KA1VAY
— Looking for some ECs for Kent County; Let Paul N1PSX know if you are interested.

Providence County
District Emergency Coordinator: Aaron KC1EPX
Emergency Coordinator: Guenter KC1EPY
Emergency Coordinator: Barry W1BSN

RI Skywarn Emergency Coordinator: Martin N1JMA

We look forward to hearing from you.