To be of real use in ARES today, you should be familiar with the Incident Command System, and the National Incident Management System… this is how state and local emergency response groups deal with multi-agency involvement, and as we will be dealing in that way, we should be intimately familiar with the systems… Fortunately for us, the training in these systems is free of charge, available from FEMA…


All free, online.

Professionalism is Critical 

While hams are not paid communications professionals, our behavior and skills should be nothing less. Little else damages our reputation like an unprofessional attitude. Volunteers of all kinds have a bad reputation for “wannabe” behavior and an inappropriate appearance. Police and fire personnel pride themselves on their professional look and demeanor, and they do not want volunteers to detract from that image or impede them in their work. Here are some suggestions:

• Know your place – you are not sworn police officers or firefighters

• You are there to meet THEIR needs, not yours

• They define their needs, not you

• Dress as they want you to – not as you would like to

• Most important, leave your ego at home. You are not in charge

Kent County DEC, Tom KA1VAY Hospitalized

I just wanted to give a shout out in spirit and with lots of Heart to Tom Senerchia, our Kent County DEC, who has been hospitalized and may be out of commission for some time. Please, all of us, keep Tom in your hearts and prayers.

Update 5/3: Our Kent County DEC, Tom Senerchia, KA1VAY, is now home dealing with Physical Therapy… this is good news… keep him in your thoughts.

RI Section Emergency Coordinator

Upcoming Skywarn Trainings

There are several upcoming Skywarn trainings being offered by the National Weather Service, which will teach you to become a NWS Spotter. If you have not taken the course, or retaken it within the last 5 years, as required, here is your opportunity. 

Wednesday, April 25 at 7 PM – 9:30 PM EDT
Foster Center Volunteer Fire Company
86 Foster Center Rd, Foster, Rhode Island 02825
Registration required

Saturday, May 12 at 10 AM – 12:30 PM EDT
Middletown Fire Department
239 Wyatt Rd, Middletown, Rhode Island 02842
Registration required

Tuesday, May 15 at 7 PM – 9 PM EDT
Rice-Cobb Auditorium at the Sturdy Memorial Hospital
211 Park St, Attleboro, Massachusetts 02703
All are welcome

Mark your calendar for the 2018 Tour de Cure

I am recruiting hams for the American Diabetes Association’s Tour de Cure bicycle ride on Sunday, June 03, 2018. Ham radio support of this event is vital to the safety of riders. We provide communications to and from the rest stops on the routes and along the routes. All routes begin and end at the Pharmacy building on the University of Rhode Island Kingstown Campus. The routes cover a large area, most of Washington county east of route 95. There are changes planned to the routes for this year and I will provide that information once the routes are finalized. They are also considering a 5K run /walk to run concurrently with the bike rides for this year.

The Tour de Cure is a daylong event beginning around 0530. Accommodations may be able to be made if you aren’t available for the whole day. Additional details will follow as they become finalized.

I am looking for 12 to 14 SAG vehicles with a ham and navigator, the navigator does not need to be a ham, for the 5 separate riding routes. Sag vehicles must have good mobile communications equipment. APRS capability is a definite plus.

I am also in need of hams for 7 rest stops for communication duties. There will be other volunteers at the rest stops to handle the rest stop duties. Rest Stops hams should have a good communications set up as well. A mobile radio with a good antenna is the best option but HTs with a good antenna will also work at some locations.

This is a great cause to support, showcase amateur radio capabilities, practice emergency skills and have fun. Diabetes is a disease in which the body does not produce or properly use insulin. Insulin is a hormone that is needed to convert sugar, starches and other food into energy needed for daily life. The cause of diabetes continues to be a mystery. Both genetics and environmental factors such as obesity and lack of exercise appear to play roles in the cause of type 2 diabetes. Nearly 29 million children and adults in this country are diagnosed with diabetes, so the mission of the ADA is an urgent one. Everything they do forms the underpinning for that mission: to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes. The money from events like the Tour de Cure goes to support research and educational information.

Please let me know as soon as possible if you are available or not and if you would like to be a SAG or at a rest stop, I will do my best to accommodate your request. Please let me know what your communications equipment is, Mobile/HT/APRS etc., and your time availability. If you know anyone else that would like to help please have them contact me. If you aren’t available pass this request on to a ham you think may be interested.

Rhode Island Tour de Cure web site. There are/will be maps and other information for the rides on the site.

Volunteer Sign up link (Check the Ham box)

Jim Creamer
Westerly Amateur Radio Team
Washington County District Emergency Coordinator

New Day & Time for RI ARES VHF Nets

In order to increase participation and serve our membership better, the ARES leadership team has decided that the RI ARES VHF Net should be held on the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 1900.

Mark your calendars, the next Net is February 13, 2018 at 1900.

Hendricken High School AREDN Node

From K1NTP Mike, December 7th, 2017
(reposted from Facebook with permission)

Thanks to financial support from Bishop Hendricken High School and a community grant from IBM (via Newport County Radio Club), Mike K1NPT and Denis KD1HA (in the photo) installed antennas on a drizzly Tuesday atop the Warwick school. Hendricken has at least six licensed students who are keen to get on the air in their newly renovated ham shack.

If you’re wondering what kind of antenna that is, it’s the Ubiquiti 2.4GHz AirMax Omni, 13dBi, using the Rocket node that has been reflashed to allow self-discovering. “mesh” networking data operations on amateur freqs. See for more info. Great application for this network include voice-over-IP telephony, IP cameras, remote software defined radios, web servers, Winlink access. This node will be powered by 24VDC Power-over-Ethernet.

Update January 9th, 2018 

I’m please to report that this Bishop Hendricken High SchoolAREDN node is now on-the-air  (Student Mac, KC1CZW on the VHF radio).

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…

SEC Paul Silverzweig N1PSX is re-deploying to Puerto Rico

As many of you may already know, our Section Emergency Coordinator Paul Silverzweig N1PSX has already deployed this year to Texas to provide support after Hurricane Harvey and to Puerto Rico to provide support after Hurricane Maria.

Paul has been asked to return to Puerto Rico to provide additional support. He will be leaving this weekend to assist for several weeks. I wish him luck and I’m proud to serve under his leadership here at RI ARES.

~K1JST Jeremy

P.S. Here are some photos and a video of the Arecibo Observatory he posted from his last trip to Puerto Rico:

“On our way to a repeater mounting, we came across signs for this which all of us wanted to see… we managed to get inside by being nice, something it would seem many Americans there were unable to muster…

The worlds largest radio telescope until recently when China completed construction on theirs, the Arecibo Radio Telescope is amazing… it sustained some serious damage during the two hurricanes, but will be repaired once the island gets stabilized…”

A short video

Radio Relay International Draft Training Manual

The final draft of the RRI Training Manual, TR-001 is now available for download. This document covers topics such as; “An Introduction to Disaster Telecommunications Theory,” “RRI Manual Mode Networks,” “Introduction to the RRI Digital Traffic Network,” “Basic Radiotelephone Net Procedures,””Radiotelegraph Net Procedures,” and so forth.

Feel free to peruse the manual and make suggestions or provide feedback to RRI.