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

2021 Weekly Training Material.

The training material associated with each 2022 weekly training net will be posted below following the completion of the net.

Date

Description

Training Info

9 August 2022

Introduction to Winlink: An introduction to the Winlink email system.

2 August 2022

Net Check-in Procedures: Overview of Phonetic Alphabet and Data Set requests by the NCS during net check-ins.

26 July 2022

Message Content, Security, and Precedence: An overview of message precedence and information that should not be passed via Amateur radio.

19 July 2022

Formal Message Training: Practice receiving Radiograms and ICS 213 messages.

12 July 2022

Event Specific Training: An overview of severe weather events that could cause ACS to activate.

5 July 2022

No Training held during the week of 05 July 2022.

28 June 2022

SKYWARN®: An overview of the SKYWARN® program and its operation in Pinellas County.

21 June 2022

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

14 June 2022

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

7 June 2022

Bulletins: Practice receiving Radiograms and ICS 213 messages.

31 May 2022

Pinellas ACS Activation: An overview of ACS activation and activation levels.

24 May 2022

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

10 May 2022

Hurricane Amaranth Exercise After-Action Report Summary: An overview of the exercise and its results.

04 May 2022

No Training held during the week of 04 May 2022 due to Hurricane Amaranth Exercise.

26 April 2022

Hurricane Amaranth Exercise: An overview of the upcoming May 3rd exercise.

12 April 2022

No Training held during the week of 12 April 2022.

05 April 2022

Prowords and Fill Requests: An overview of introductory words, operational words, punctuation, and fill requests used when handling formal verbal message traffic.

15 March 2022

No Training held during the week of 15 March 2022 due to severe weather in area.

08 March 2022

Personal Training Activities: An overview of recommended NEMA Individual Study (IS) and ARRL classes.

01 March 2022

Briefing: After Action Report – PACS February Training Drill – Low Power Simplex Net Operation.

22 February 2022

Briefing: PACS February Training Drill – Low Power Simplex Net Operation.

15 February 2022

Net Check-in Procedures: Overview of Phonetic Alphabet and Data Set requests by the NCS during net check-ins.

01 February 2022

Plans and Training Documents: Status report on the development and delivery of PACS documentation.

25 January 2022

Communications Plan: Overview of Radio Nets used by Pinellas ACS.

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.

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