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
- Staff Reports
- Traffic and Announcements
- Final Announcements and net shutdown
The Pinellas ACS Training Net will take place once per week at 1930 hours on Tuesday evenings.
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.
The training material associated with each weekly net will be posted below following the completion of the net.
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.
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.