Kaua‘i Amateur Radio Club Emergency Communication Team.
Aloha and welcome to KARC Emergency Communication (EmComm) Team webpage. Hurricane, flashfloods and other disasters can strike quickly and without warning. Emergency communication exists when a critical communication system fails and puts the public at risk. When this occurs, the KARC EmComm Team moves into action with highly trained and experienced Hams to support our served agencies.
Thursdays, 7:00 PM, 146.92 MHz Repeater with links to 146.70 MHz, 147.10 MHz and 147.16 MHz repeaters. EmComm Exercise 1004
Incident Command System (ICS) training may be a requirement on Kauai for some emergency communication assignments in the future. Start now by taking the following ICS courses online. More>
Emergency Radio Response Plan for Kauai
Kaua‘i Island Emergency Communication Plan for operating 2 METER SIMPLEX when 2 meter repeaters are not working.
List of 2 meter frequencies for the Island of Kaua‘i. This list has all island repeaters and simplex frequencies.
The ICS 213 General Message Form
Proposed General Net Log form
EmComm volunteers come from a wide variety of backgrounds and with a wide range of skills and experiences. Effective volunteers share a desire to help others, ability to work as a team and take direction from others. There is the need to think and act quickly, under stress and pressure of an emergency. There is the need to be prepared and trained. Some of our members are also cross trained volunteers with the American Red Cross and CERT (Community Emergency Response Team). We recommend taking the Introduction to Amateur Radio Emergency Communications on-line course at ARRL website (http://www.arrl.org/cce/). Registration for this course (EC-001) generally opens on the first Monday of each month at 12:01 AM Eastern Time. Remember that is 6:00 PM Hawaii Time during the summer months and 7:00 PM Hawaii during the winter on the Sunday before the first Monday of the month.
Emergency communication skills are very different from daily ham radio operation. Here are some examples:
Emergency communication involves both amateurs and non-amateurs.
Emergency operations happen in real time. Important activities cannot be delayed.
Emergency communicators are often dealing with several continuous nets simultaneously to pass critical messages within a limited timeframe.
Emergency communicators are often asked to organize and coordinate field operations with little or no warning.
Emergency communicators may need to interact with several key organizations simultaneously.
Emergency stations must be portable and able to be set up and operational anywhere in a very short time.
Emergency communicators need to contact specific stations quickly to pass important messages. Teamwork is important.
Emergency operations have no schedule and might continue for several days.
Amateur Radio emergency communicators have the equipment, skills, and knowledge to increase additional capacity in a very short time.
There are various jobs to aid the served agency. A few are handling interagency communications, monitoring operations or become the eyes and ears for the emergency managers.
Remember, the job is also “communicating.”
The following urls are from ARRL Public Service Communications Manual Sections; : The Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) and The ARES Field Resources Manual:
Printer friendly version of the
ARRL Radiogram form (no black stripe on form)
Guidelines for originating and handling formal radiogram messages, including precedences, handling instructions, QN signals, Q signals, abbreviations, prosigns and prowords. http://www.arrl.org/FandES/field/forms/fsd218.pdf
Detailed guidelines for originating and handling the
standard ARRL message format
Links to Emergency Communication Resources
Kauai Civil Defense Agency
Hawaii State Civil Defense
Hawaii Tsunami Preparedness & Safety Informationhttp://www.prh.noaa.gov/hnl/pages/tsunami_safety.php
WFO Honolulu Skywarn Webpagehttp://www.prh.noaa.gov/hnl/skywarn/
Using Amateur Radio during Disasters and Emergencies in Hawaii
Federal Emergency Management Agency
American Red Cross, Hawaii State Chapter
American Red Cross
Community Emergency Response Teams
Amateur radio net participation guidelines, courtesy Oahu Civil Defense Agency
Radiogram document, for use in Traffic nets
Near Vertical Incident Scattering Antenna
Please forward any additional websites that should be added to our list.
For more information, contact Bob KH6AS@att.net 823 9353 or any KARC members.
Kauai Island Telephone Tree
Last Update: October 23, 2013