A. Helping people pass FCC
EXTRA CLASS REVIEW COURSE
MID NOVEMBER -- Go ahead and purchase a text and begin reading!!
Alachua County EOC
year we sponsor various courses to assist persons in passing the FCC
Technician, General, or Amateur Extra Class license tests.
don't have to take a "course" to pass these multiple-choice tests given
by volunteers -- but it helps! Our courses tend to include a
of HANDS-ON activity that makes the learning easier and gets you ready
to USE your license! We will often include building a real
antenna as part of our course to show you how easy and inexpensive this
can be. We also include LOTS of teaching in every one of our
monthly meetings (2nd Wednesday evening of each month).
participants learn the ropes and get their own stations going
NEW Tech Night Discussions -- 1st Thursday Each Month -- 7 PM (before the ARES(R) Net)
NFARC Zoom Link
are constantly providing brief presentations of different topics at our
monthly meetings, and we're on our way to THREE DOZEN antennas we have
helped participants put up at their house. We call them
Parties" and we'll dispatch a crew with slingshots or our famous
"potato guns" to get a line up on a tree and help you get going.
For any band! If you need help leanring the latest data
communications advance, we're right in there on those things also!
And we generally know the least expensive way to do it --
using refurbished computers or circuits we made ourselves which are
COMPUTERS -- It's probably worth mentioning that modern
Emergency Management offices and local governments are heavily based in
modern communications including documents, files, emails. So are
modern emergency communications in many ways. As a result, we
end up helping our volunteers become much more familiar with simple
computer skills. And we generally find the CHEAPEST way to do
that! We basically use FREE SOFTWARE for everything that we do
(I'm creating this web page using free stoftware, stored on a free
site) and we help our participants learn how to use refurbished
computers at pennies on the dollar to what others might be paying.
Knowledge can save you quite a bit of green stuff!!
Emergency Communications Preparation
group has embraced the national gold-standard conventions in Emergency
Preparedness training -- the FEMA Incident Command System and the
Department of Homeland Security "Homeland Security Exercise and
Evaluation Program." Doing things the
has helped us be a more cohesive volunteer component of our County
Emergency Management planning. The ARES(R) program that we
support so much is a recognized part of "ESF2" in our County.
have held many formal communications Exercises, usually written to
HSEEP-standards, written up our results (the good and the bad!)
according to their After Action Report/Improvement Program standards,
and we have now created a 3-year Integrated Preparedness Program at our
Emergency Management Dept's request, to better aim our preparations.
Our Specific 2021 Projects - from the Integrated Preparedness Plan
Volunteer Emergency Communications Plan - EOC
Volunteer Integrated Preparedness Plan
Volunteer Background Check Authorization
We participate -- and often lead -- full deployment
HSEEP-based Exercises just about every year -- sometimes more than one!
-- and we publish our After Action Reports / Improvement Plans on our
website and sometimes also as print / Kindle texts on Amazon to assist
others who would like to more closely examine what we learned
Our most recent Full Scale HSEEP-based exercise was Whirlwind Boom 2021
, carried out on March 19, 2021 and involving many different groups in
North Florida and beyond -- likely the largest volunteer communications
exercise here since at least 2013.
Any Fun Thing that relates!
more you know about radio, electronics, and computers; the more Skills,
Assets and Strategies you possess, the more resilient and valuable you
will be for serving communities in a time of stress or disaster.
So we look at our training quite broadly and ANY ham radio activity
that looks FUN and will help our participants gain in any of these
areas is a great activity for our group to jump into! As a
result, we have participated in two American Radio Relay League (ARRL)
adventures in conjunction with the Alachua County Emergency Management
group, and the Alachua County Sheriff, right there at our County's EOC!
And we have done pretty well at it, also!!
LEADERSHIP: Leadership in our group is SERVANTHOOD.