OpenVBX – Cloud Telephony for EmComm and Public Service Events

OpenVBX is a web‐based open source phone system that allows you to get virtual phone numbers, and build telephone and text messaging applications with a web‐based drag‐and‐drop editor. OpenVBX uses a commercial product called Twilio that provides a programmable web‐service that can be used to build scalable, reliable communications applications that make and receive phone […]

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MCM and NIMS — Combining Acronyms

Hams in the VA and MDC Sections have been supporting the Marine Corps Marathon, the fifth largest marathon in the world, for thirty-three years.  This presentation provides a look into working across section and division lines to bring the amateur radio role into NIMS compliance. Jim Cross, WI3N, has been the ARRL Maryland/DC Section Manager […]

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EcomScs & GatewayScs Packet Radio Meets Real E‐Mail

EcomScs and GatewayScs are two stand alone programs that I have created. EcomScs is a Packet Radio E‐Mail Client. Everything you can do with your internet E‐Mail client you can do with EcomScs. EcomScs uses the Packet BBS system to send and receive its E‐Mails or it can use GatewayScs stations to send and receive […]

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ARES Qualification System

Description of a five‐level qualification system, with supporting training program, developed by the City of Barrie and South‐Simcoe ARES Group to prepare and mentor ARES group members for progressively challenging employment within the ICS/IMS environment, and to prepare them for leadership roles. Ian Snow, VA3QT, is a retired Canadian military operations planner and professional development […]

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Soundcard Modes for EmComm

Digital soundcard modes can be an ideal option for emergency communications when conditions are too poor for handling messages by voice. By using very narrow bandwidth signals, and the ears and speed of your computer for encoding and decoding, they can punch through when voice signals can’t. In this session, you will learn ways to […]

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Public Service Communications 101

This session will help radio amateurs prepare and volunteer as a communicator for a variety of public service events such as parades, marathons, and bike rides. Participants will learn the importance of having fun while maintaining personal safety. Participants will also learn equipment tips and tricks such as programming frequencies ahead of time. A variety […]

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ARES Mutual Aid

This presentation will show how the Eastern Ontario ARES Mutual Aid Program is being implemented.  The Mutual Aid Program (DMAP) documents and forms can make it simpler for ARES responders coming from or going to adjacent ARES group(s) can be tracked on route with each their ‘personal support go kit’ and any out station kits […]

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Civil Preparedness Initiative Communications Drill – An After-Action Overview

Six months of planning, pre-drill meetings and table-top exercises, culminated in a seven hour exercise specifically designed to test RACES   capabilities using both Amateur Radio and County communications systems. How did we do? What did we learn? This after-action overview will answer those questions. Chris Crane is veteran of three services over 22 years. He […]

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Emotional Go Kit: Are you prepared?

This presentation addresses the emotional well-being and preparedness for those that participate in emergency situations. Major topics include preparing for emergency situations, post emergency and emotional wellness, review what precautions we can take prior to an emergency situation, common emotional stressors, and examples of how emergencies effect each person differently.  This presentation will provide a […]

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