Amateur radio repeaters
Status Web Page
Operations Ribbon granted
to those who qualify in auxiliary operations programs.
Helo Ops (Helicopter
Support / co-ordination Training)
The NEW Marine Safety
Ribbon for those completing
the Marine Safety Program and training towards the
device. A page on the Coast Guard Auxiliary
obsolete ribbons is here. (and while we're at
it, a link to current ribbons, devices,
and insignia of the US Coast Guard auxiliary is here...)
Urgent!! Appeal to
Ham Radio operators and those willing to become Ham
Members of the Auxiliary have the
opportunity to train in operational specialty courses. An AUXOP
has completed an upper number of specialty courses
& is entitled to wear the special AUXOP device on the uniform.
Radio Frequencies Page.
4-08, 8th District (CR)
Sector New Orleans, Louisiana
States Coast Guard Auxiliary
The Action Is!"
There is no requirement in the Auxiliary to obtain a
ham license; auxiliarists can merely take the AUXCOM course,
same communications watchstander PQS that the gold side active
coast guard requires of it's communicators, or the new auxiliary
telecommunications operator course that was
announced. (And may eventually replace the first two.)
boat crew and aircrew can use the radio equipment on those
without any additional certification.
But auxiliarists who fit the above criteria can
communicate on both Coast Guard frequencies and the numerous
ham frequencies if they get licensed to do so. And being able
to an additional set of emergency service, trained and
volunteers is invaluable. We appreciated all the help we could
Katrina, and need to train with all available resources we can
potentially could use, during the next disaster.
Hams? Where do Ham Operators fit into the
services provided by the Auxiliary and the Coast Guard?
Ham operators are internationally recognized as good
communicators. They have developed skills sets, in both every
communications, as well as emergency communications, through
organizations as Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service
Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) and the National
Services (NWS)' SKYWARN.
The Amateur Radio Operators who volunteer for these
services train and practice their skills in drills, waiting
one event which may never come, to put their skill set into
The Auxiliary is always interested in individuals
with unique skill sets. Amateur Radio Operators are
these types of individuals.
Remember ? Auxiliary communications specialists
practice their skills every day, in the real world.
it?s doing a Maritime Domain Awareness (MDA) patrol via
needing two-way communications with the Active Duty Coast
Safety Patrol on the water, augmenting the communications
watch at an
active duty Coast Guard unit, or even assisting at major
types of events are daily on-going Auxiliary missions, in
every part of
Communication and good communicators are at the
heart of any successful mission, and Ham Operators have the
that the Auxiliary is both looking for and would like to
their current communicators.
Operators can become instructors, teaching non-Ham operators
techniques and skills that will make them skilled radio
important operational support to the U.S. Coast Guard and
considered members of "Team Coast Guard." Patrols are
often called upon
for search and rescue assistance, Helo Ops co-ordination
other training missions. In addition, special patrols may
navigational markers, update charts, or monitor the waters
and environmental pollution. Division 4 takes on as much
as it can
reliably handle, making Active Duty assets and resources
other uses, or available to "standby for surge" operations
telecommunication towers, including both public safety and
repeaters went down. It was a
radio amateur of the Coast Guard Auxiliary that
"re-discovered" the old
technique of NVIS. The Coast Guard took an
extreme interest in NVIS.
Being a bureaucracy, they can't just go out, buy the right
start using it. (studies have to be done; security
etc) But the auxiliary can. They can then use the aux to
it when they themselves can't. (click here
for a FAQ on NVIS)
VHF Aurora :
144 MHz Es in EU :
144 MHz Es in NA :
Today's MUF & Es
by MMM on VHF :
Solar X-rays :
Estimated Kp :
(courtesy of the DX
robot server here.)
Convenient Solar Data
In times of crisis and natural
disasters, Amateur radio is
often used as a means of emergency communication when wireline,
cell phones and other
conventional means of communications fail.
Unlike commercial systems, Amateur
radio is not as dependent on terrestrial facilities that can
is dispersed throughout a community without "choke points" such
cellular telephone sites that can be overloaded.
Amateur radio operators are
experienced in improvising antennas and power sources and most
equipment today can be powered by an automobile battery. Annual
"Field Days" are held
in many countries to practice these emergency improvisational
Amateur radio operators can use hundreds of frequencies and can
establish networks tying disparate agencies together to enhance
Recent examples include the 2001
attacks on the World Trade Center in Manhattan,
the 2003 North America blackout
and Hurricane Katrina in
September, 2005, where amateur radio was used to coordinate
relief activities when other systems failed.
On September 2, 2004, ham radio was
used to inform weather forecasters with information on Hurricane
live from the Bahamas. On December
26, 2004, an earthquake and resulting tsunami
across the Indian Ocean wiped
out all communications with the Andaman Islands,
except for a DX-pedition that
provided a means to coordinate relief efforts.
The largest disaster response by
U.S. amateur radio operators was during Hurricane
which first made landfall as a Category 1 hurricane just north
Miami, Florida on August 25, 2005, eventually strengthening to
5. More than a thousand ham operators from all over the U.S.
on the Gulf Coast in an effort to provide emergency
assistance. Subsequent Congressional hearings highlighted the
Radio response as one of the few examples of what went right in
disaster relief effort.
In the United States, there
are two major methods of organizing amateur radio emergency
communications: Amateur Radio Emergency Service
(ARES), sponsored by the ARRL, and the Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service
(RACES), which requires registration with municipal or county
governments, to allow continued operation under Part 97.407 of
regulations in the event the Amateur Service is ever shut down
presidential order. ARES and RACES involvement within the same
usually intertwined, with many governments requiring membership
service in that locale's ARES organization as well. Many
Emergency Operating Centers, Red Cross Chapters and National
Service facilities have permanent Amateur Radio stations
Radio clubs independent of the
ARRL and ARES also participate in emergency communications
in some areas. Additionally, the Department of Defense also
the Military Affiliate Radio System
(MARS) program which also utilizes Amateur Radio operators for
emergency communication using military radio frequencies.
Emergency communications and
disaster assistance is usually done in conjunction with
disaster relief organizations such as the American
Civil Air Patrol (aux of the USAF - SAR command), Coast Guard
Auxiliary, or local government emergency management agencies, as
as volunteer fire departments and ambulance corps.
The ARRL has a memorandum
of understanding with numerous agencies such as the American Red Cross.
The ARRL also is a member of the Voluntary Organizations Active
Disasters (VOAD) and conducts emergency communications
courses for interested Amateur Radio operators.
This site supports the VoIP
SKYWARN and Hurricane Nets which they operate by combining both
linked repeater networks, thus providing for more efficient and
effective utilization of available resources while handling
wide area communications during major severe weather
events. To learn more about the efforts of the VoIP
Net, join the VOIP-WXNET Yahoo
Group to keep informed and learn more about the use of EchoLink
IRLP for hurricanes and other weather and disaster related
Net wants ARES, RACES, SKYWARN and other
emergency communication groups such as MARS
to utilize the VoIP Hurricane Net as
another means to pass weather data, damage and other pertinent
Radio station at the National Hurricane Center (NHC)
in Miami--and to other national agencies. During hurricanes, NHC
forecasters use real-time "ground truth" reports from Amateur
volunteers--such as the Hurricane Watch Net (HWN)
on 14.325 MHz--to the NHC via WX4NHC to develop more accurate
and to get a better handle on a storm's behavior.
The ALE High Frequency Network
available 24/7 for emcomm
text messaging. HFN provides HF-to-email, HF-to-cellphone,
messaging relay. Amateur
Radio for Broadband wireless internet
Map of Amateur radio repeaters here.
Radio licensing material:
30 page study guide for the Technician Class Amateur
Radio Exam is
Amateur Radio Exam Lesson Plans and Question
particular see the PowerPoint Question Pool by K3DIO
Ham Radio License Manual: All You Need to Become an
Operator (Arrl Ham Radio License Manual) (Paperback)
Technician Q & A (Paperback)
Radio Licensing Frequently Asked Questions from the
ARRL web site:
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