NE ARES Academy

The first-ever New England Division ARES Academy, originally scheduled for the Division Convention in November, will instead be held over a period of several weeks in October via Zoom. There are five Basic Track classes for those just getting started, and more advanced classes and workshops for those who already have the basics. One-hour classes will be held on weeknights from 7:30 to 8:30 PM EDT, and two-hour workshop sessions will be held Saturday mornings from 9:00 to 11:00 AM EDT.

A big benefit of the online schedule is the opportunity to take every single class and workshop instead of having to pick and choose. Weeknight class participants will be able to ask questions and interact with the instructor via chat. The two-hour Saturday workshops are designed to be even more interactive. Academy Instructors are all recognized experts in their subject area.

The NE-ARES Academy is an outgrowth of the successful NH-ARES Academy program that ran at the NH State Fire Academy for eight years. The program's goal is to offer both basic and advanced skills training based in ARRL ARES training standards.

One Hour Classes

Date (Day) Time (EDT) Topic Instructor Zoom Meeting ID
October 13 (Tuesday) 7:30 - 8:30 PM Introduction to ARES (Basic Track) Wayne Santos, N1CKM --
October 14 (Wednesday) 7:30 - 8:30 PM Net Control (Basic Track) Carey Heckman, W1EAR 982 1244 6567
October 15 (Thursday) 7:30 - 8:30 PM Go Kits (Basic Track) Frank O'Laughlin, WQ1O 936 2866 7835
October 20 (Tuesday) 7:30 - 8:30 PM Message Forms Handling (Basic Track) John Gotthardt, K1UAF
Marcia Forde, KW1U
945 8482 1135
October 21 (Wednesday) 7:30 - 8:30 PM Tactical Message Handling (Basic Track) Paul Silverzweig, W1PJS 997 1839 1361
October 22 (Thursday) 7:30 - 8:30 PM Hardening Your Station or Repeater Jeremy Breef-Pilz, KB1REQ 986 3703 2784
October 27 (Tuesday) 7:30 - 8:30 PM Expedient Training & Utilization of Volunteers Dave Colter, WA1ZCN 982 0059 2438
October 28 (Wednesday) 7:30 - 8:30 PM Situational Awareness & Ground Truth Rob Macedo, KD1CY
Jim Palmer, KB1KQW
933 6838 9559

Two-Hour Workshops

Date (Day) Time (EDT) Topic Instructor Zoom Meeting ID
October 10 (Saturday) 9:00 - 11:00 AM Skywarn Refresher Rob Macedo, KD1CY --
October 17 (Saturday) 9:00 - 11:00 AM Introduction to Winlink Express
(See additional details below)
Jay Taft, K1EHZ 978 0652 7989
October 24 (Saturday) 9:00 - 11:00 AM Getting Started with NBEMS George Blakeslee, N1GB 949 9002 5921
October 31 (Saturday) 9:00 - 11:00 AM Working with Served Agencies Panel Discussion Justin Kates, KB3JUV
924 4011 9858

All courses and workshops will be held via Zoom.

We plan to continue this program at the Convention once the pandemic is over, in hopes that building a standardized base of training across New England will enhance our ability to provide better local emergency communications, and an effective ARESMAT (ARES Mutual Assistance Team) response across the region, and beyond. Academy coordinator Dave Colter, WA1ZCN, was the original editor and principal author of ARRL's Amateur Radio Emergency Communications Course series in the early 2000s, and creator of the original NH-ARES Academy. He is currently ASEC-Training for NH-ARES.

Class-Specific Details

Introduction to Winlink Express

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