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Howard County, Maryland
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Tim, W1TRT, participating in RACES exercise, August, 2012 County ARES/RACES Net - Tuesdays (except 4th Tuesday), 1900 hrs local, 147.135 CARA rptr (PL 156.7)
Next CARA Meeting: Gateway Bldg, 28 March, 2017  --   Columbia Amateur Radio Association
Activity Maps
Monthly Club Meetings (4th Tuesday of the month at 1930) - 6751 Columbia Gateway Dr, Columbia, 21046, Room 401
Monthly Board Meetings (3rd Thursday of the month at 1930) - HCFR Station 5, Clarksville
Monthly Breakfast (2nd Saturday of the month at 0900) - Frank's Diner RSVP
Net Control Station N3YQ operating for the Knights of Columbus 2011 10k run/walk

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Emergency Radio

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Skywarn NCS Presentation

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County Gov

Official ARRL MDC Website
Local MDC Website
MDC Emergency Response Plan
MDD (Maryland, Delaware, DC) Traffic Net info
MEPN (Maryland Emergency Phone Net)
MSN (Maryland Slow Net)(CW Traffic Handling)



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U. S. Fire Adminstration
Comm Guide

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Next Drill:MEMA Commex, April 11, 2017
Contact Dave Prestel

Howard County RACES Information: RO Dave Prestel, W8AJR
2017 RACES Drill Schedule
RACES Certification Course List
Local Frequencies Grid (.xls)
HCFR RACES Dispatch Forms
"Comprehensive Crisis Communications Planning For The Prepper" (.pdf)
(Article passed out at 4 FEB 2012 RACES Annual Meeting)
RACES INFO - County Fire Stations
ARRL logo On Friday, Apr 21st, at 2000, the MDC Section will hold its next regular section-wide Echolink net on the "WASH_DC" Node 6154 server, which is sponsored by John Creel (WB3GXW).
Everyone is welcome to check in.
A number of repeaters in the section are connected to Echolink, including the 147.225+ (PL 156.7) repeater in Calverton. Check your local repeater directory if you wish to check in via RF.



CARA/ARES Public Service Events 2017
Klondike Derby 28 FEB John SIGN UP
Foxcatcher Equestrian Event 8 APR Dave W8AJR
Field Day with PVRC 23-25 JUN Dave W8AJR


logo for ARRL's Certification and Continuing Education program
The former Amateur Radio Emergency Communications (AREC) series of three training courses has been reconfigured into two courses: An introductory course and a course for leaders and managers. Revised in 2011, this is an update of the former Level 1 course. It is designed to provide basic knowledge and tools for hams who want to serve as a Public Service volunteer. It provides an opportunity for non-hams who rely on communications in emergency situations to learn about Amateur Radio and its unique role in emergencies.
The course is offered online using the Moodle learning platform. The Introduction to Emergency Communication course has six sections with 29 lesson topics and a 35 question final assessment. Participants should plan on completing the course in approximately 45 hours over a nine week period. This is a mentored course, in which you may work according to your own schedule. Cost is $50 for ARRL members and $85 for non-members.
For start dates, registration deadlines and more visit here on the ARRL Website.

Various Levels of Howard County RACES certification may be obtained by completing the appropriate courses listed in the table below.
Link to National Incident Management System Courses (NIMS)

On successful completion of a course, email a copy of your FEMA notification to Dan, N3LDC (threegees "at"
Course requirements are aligned with your "Resource Type". Resource Type requirements can me found on pages 13 & 14 of the RACES Manual (.doc)
Step 1 (Recommended For All RACES MEMBERS) IS-909 Community Preparedness: Implementing Simple Activities For Everyone
IS-100.B Introduction To Incident Command System (ICS)
Step 2 (Recommended for RACES Members Operating in FD Stations) ALL Step 1 COURSES PLUS
IS-700 National Incident Management System, NIMS, An Introduction
IS-394 Protecting Your Home Or Small Business From Disaster [replaces IS-292]
[Those who have completed IS-292 are "grandfathered"
Step 3 (Recommended For Senior RACES Members operating in the EOC) ALL Step 1 & 2 COURSES PLUS
IS-271 Anticipating Hazardous Weather And Community Risk
IS-775 EOC Management And Operations [replaces IS 275]
[Those who have completed IS-275 are "grandfathered"
Step 4 (Recommended For RACES Leadership) ALL Step 1, 2, & 3 COURSES PLUS
IS-324 Community Hurrican Preparedness
IS-800 NationalResponse Framework, An Introduction

1. J-Pole Project (pdf)(QST)
2. J-Pole Project (pdf)(73)


National Homeland Security Knowledgebase

EC Rich Firestone WR3F
AEC Dave Prestel W8AJR
AEC Jon Wilson KF3O
AEC Dan Wilt N3YQ
RO Dave Prestel W8AJR
Ass't RO Jon Wilson KF3O
Ass't RO Dan Wilt N3YQ
Ass't RO Rich Firestone WR3F
LGL Ken Wood N3RER

Hamfest Calendar Listing

2 Oct 2016 - W. Friendship, MD
Columbia Amateur Radio Association
Howard Cty Fairgrounds

U.S. Amateur Radio Bands
bandplan graphic and link to ARRL bandplan pdf file