ARES Manual Updated

The week following Dayton Hamvention will see the release of the new and updated ARES Manual. The ARES Manual and NTS Manual have together long been part of a single publication, The Public Service Communications Manual. The two manuals will now be separate publications. NTS leadership is currently reviewing and preparing to update the NTS Manual.

The new ARES Manual includes several new additions – inclusion of ICS forms 213, 205, and 214 for ARES use; an expanded discussion on training resources; clarification on the role and purpose of RACES; and copies of all current ARRL MOUs. The update is the first in over two decades and was a collaborative effort of field organization leaders, federal partners, and ARRL staff. The new manual will be made available online as a downloadable PDF.

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Vital Information for Informal Messages

Stations are often requested to pass informal messages as part of routine communication during an event. Below is a list of questions to be asked and verified before sending or acknowledging an informal message.

Vital Info for Informal Messages

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29th Annual BFAST Triathlon Season

Each year we support DUVAL ARES in BFAST events — if you are interested in helping out, please contact Adrian Gray ( for more information.  Additional information is on the flyer below… Continue reading

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Bravo Zulu — Tour de Forts Event

I received this email this morning from one of the co-Director of the Tour de Forts ride… Continue reading

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NOAA & USAF Reserve hurricane team to embark on East Coast Awareness Tour

Public and media invited to tour hurricane hunter aircraft

April 20, 2015

As part of its efforts to build a Weather-Ready Nation, NOAA’s hurricane experts will tour six Atlantic coastal cities to raise awareness about the importance for preparing for the upcoming hurricane season. Experts will visit cities in the United States and Canada aboard a U.S. Air Force Reserve WC-130J hurricane hunter aircraft and the NOAA G-IV aircraft, both of which are used in hurricane forecasting.

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Story contributed by Andy Elwell – K4AMF
The NOAA G-IV aircraft, used to sample the atmosphere surrounding a tropical cyclone. (Photo credit – NOAA)


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