Weekly Training Net

Purpose

The Pinellas ACS training net will be used to familiarize ARES®/ACS participants with net procedures, message formats, phonetics, use of prowords, and other basic skills. The training segment of the net will be narrowly focused on a small set of skills and will be designed to require less than an 30 minutes to complete. This segment of the net will also be used to provide members with detailed information about upcoming drills and exercises.

The NCS will announce the net using the NCS script located on the ACS website. The net is divided into the seven segments listed below.

  • Call for Priority Traffic
  • Call for General Check-ins
  • Bulletins
  • Staff Reports
  • Traffic and Announcements
  • Training
  • Final Announcements and net shutdown

Schedule

The Pinellas ACS Training Net will take place once per week at 1930 hours on Tuesday evenings.

Resources

The Pinellas ACS training net is a directed net that will make use of the W4ACS VHF/UHF repeater system. This is a linked repeater system. Operational frequencies and tones for the net are listed below.


Activity

The training material associated with each weekly net will be posted below following the completion of the net.

Date

Description

Training Info

18 January 2022

SKYWARN®: Overview of SKYWARN® activation and reporting procedures.

11 January 2022

Message Precedence: Overview of message precedence.

04 January 2022

Pinellas ACS Activation: Detailed description of ACS Activation Levels and potential reasons for activation.

28 December 2021

Record Keeping: Overview of the ICS 214, Activity Log, and the ICS 309, Site Communications Log.

21 December 2021

No Training held during the week of 21 December 2021.

14 December 2021

Management of Communication Resources – Part II: Introduction to the ICS 205 Incident Radio Communications Plan.

7 December 2021

Management of Communication Resources – Part I: Introduction to the ICS 217A Communications Availability Worksheet.

30 November 2021

Message Content, Security, and Precedence:

23 November 2021

No Training held during the week of 22 November 2021.

16 November 2021

Prowords and Fill Requests: Overview of Prowords and Fill requests. Includes Exercise Bulletin example.

9 November 2021

Personal Training Activities: Overview of FEMA and ARRL on-line training Courses.

2 November 2021

Net Check-In Procedure: Overview of Phonetic Alphabet and Data Set requirements.

26 October 2021

No Training held during the week of October 24th, 2021.

19 October 2021

Exercise Message Traffic: Overview of procedures used to annotate and process exercise message traffic.

12 October 2021

NIMS ICS 213: Overview of ICS 213 General Message form.

05 October 2021

Message Prowords: Introduction to message prowords.

28 September 2021

After-Action Report: PACS September Training Drill.

21 September 202

PACS September Pre-Drill: Overview of September Training Drill.

14 September 2021

Message Precedence: Overview of message precedence.

7 September 2021

No Training held during the week of September 7th, 2021

31 August 2021

After Action Report: PACS August Training Drill – Simplex Mode Operation

24 August 2021

In order to better understand the number of relay stations needed during simplex net operation, tonight’s Training Net will collect RF Link performance data from each of the net participants.

17 August 2021

Tactical Call Signs: Overview of Tactical Callsigns and a description of how they will be used within Pinellas ACS.

10 August 2021

Pre-Deployment Actions and Radio Go-Kits

3 August 2021

No Training held during the Week of August 3rd, 2021

27 July 2021

After Action Report: PACS July Training Drill – Contingency Mode – Failure of Primary & Secondary Repeater

20 July 2021

Briefing: PACS July Training Drill – Contingency Mode – Failure of Primary & Secondary Repeater

13 July 2021

Record Keeping: Description of Site Activity Log ICS 214 and Communications Log, ICS 309.

6 July 2021

No training net was held on July 6th, 2021 due to the Hurricane Elsa

29 June 2021

Pinellas ACS Activation: Detailed description of ACS Activation Levels and potential reasons for activation.

22 June 2021

ACS Training Overview: Description of proposed training activities for Pinellas ACS/ARES.

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