Hillsboro Basic Class Wrap-up

The winter 2011 offering of the ACES basic course was sponsored by the Hillsboro EOC amateur radio team.  The typical Hillsboro and Beaverton students were joined by colleages from Multnomah County ARES and the City of Gresham.  Skill levels ranged from "very experienced" to those that made their first amateur transmission as part of the course.  Represented agencies included ARES/RACES units, city EOCs, and multiple CERT organizations in the metro area.  Three of the lessons were taught by guest instructors, one of which being the City of Hillsboro Emergency Manager.

ACES Basic Course (Federal Way, WA)

The Federal Way ARC board has decided to sponsor an ACES Basic Course in February 2011.  Dan Camp has arranged a room at Marcus Whitman Presbyterian Church, 2130 S 248th, Des Moines, WA 98001.  The cost is $25 and there is a limit of 40 students.  Click here to register.
 

This course will be held two days of two consecutive weekends: Friday night, February 11th 7 PM to 10 PM, Saturday, February 12th 8:30 AM to 5 PM, and Friday night February 18th, 7 PM to 10 PM and Saturday February 19th 8:30 AM to 5 PM.

Event Date: 
Friday, February 11, 2011 - 07:00
Friday, February 18, 2011 - 07:00
Type: 
Course
Location: 
Marcus Whitman Presbyterian Church, 2130 S 248th, Des Moines, WA 98001
Currently Registered: 
4
Click here to sign up for this offering!

Basic Course (Depoe Bay)

Contact Daron N7HQR for details.  Click here to register. 

 

16-January 2011 Update: The maximum number of students have enrolled in this course.  Please watch for the next offering in your area.

Event Date: 
Sunday, January 23, 2011 - 18:00
Sunday, January 30, 2011 - 18:00
Sunday, February 6, 2011 - 18:00
Sunday, February 13, 2011 - 18:00
Sunday, February 20, 2011 - 18:00
Sunday, February 27, 2011 - 18:00
Sunday, March 6, 2011 - 18:00
Type: 
Course
Location: 
Gleneden Beach Fire Station, Depoe Bay, OR
Currently Registered: 
16
Click here to sign up for this offering!

Basic Course (Hillsboro)

This instance of the ACES Basic Course will be conducted across three sequential Saturdays, approximately eight hours per day.  The location is near several food options for lunch.  The cost of the course is $25 to pay for instructional materials and the student manual.  Course signup is required and the maximum number of students is 15.

1-Dec-2010 Update: The maximum number of students have enrolled in this course.  Please watch for the next offering in your area.

Event Date: 
Saturday, January 15, 2011 - 08:00
Saturday, January 22, 2011 - 08:00
Saturday, January 29, 2011 - 08:00
Type: 
Course
Location: 
Ronler Acres Fire Station, Hillsboro, Oregon
Currently Registered: 
15
Click here to sign up for this offering!

ACES Crosses The Border Into Washington

In Washington the weekend of October 30th, the Snohomish County ACS/ARES and City of Everett ACS groups partnered to sponsor an ACES Basic course. The course was attended by more than 30 students, and taught by a team of Oregon and Washington instructors. Participating agencies include Snohomish County ACS/ARES, City of Everett ACS, Federal Way ACS, Whatcom County ACS, Tulalip Tribes OEM, Blaine ACS, Puget Sound Energy ARES and Emergency Services Coordinating Agency RACES.

Class started in Everett in the Providence Hospital conference room. After two days of instruction and practice, the class moved to Snohomish County Department of Emergency Management at Paine Field for the final day. Following the written test, the students were divided into smaller groups and evaluated on their ability to properly program their radio. The students individually set frequency, tone, offset and other parameters into their radios and demonstrated saving them into a memory position. They also demonstrated determining if a message is tactical or formal, and the proper procedure to send each one.

 

Aside from individual evaluations, the group conducted several simulated nets where they checked in, listed their assigned simulated traffic, and sent and received at least one message.

Following the course, a train the trainer program was delivered to enable local regions to take the ACES Basic course and teach classes in their own organizations.

For a more detailed account of the course, see Brian Lawler's blog from Whatcom County.

For more pictures of the event, see the gallery.

Basic Course (Manzanita)

This offering of the ACES Basic course will be Sponsored by the Nehalem Bay Emergency Volunteer Corps.  For more information, contact Gordon McCraw.  Click here to sign up to attend (pre-registration is required).  Cost is $25, payable the first day.

Event Date: 
Saturday, March 12, 2011 - 09:00
Sunday, March 13, 2011 - 09:00
Saturday, March 19, 2011 - 09:00
Type: 
Course
Location: 
Manzanita EOC - 165 S. Fifth St., Manzanita, Oregon 97130
Currently Registered: 
12
Click here to sign up for this offering!

First Basic Courses Held in Coastal Counties

This weekend the first two Oregon ACES Basic Certification courses were held in Tillamook and Lincoln counties.  Each was structured as a three-day offering with Friday and Saturday as classroom sessions and Sunday as the practical portion.  With 11 and 12 participants respectively, a total of 23 people achieved their Basic Certification certificate.

To see the pictures taken during the two courses, head over to the gallery.

 

ACT 2 Summary

On Saturday, July 10, 2010, Oregon ACES conducted their second Auxiliary Communications Test (ACT).  To date, we have reports from most groups, showing a total of 59 individual participants.  The focus of this event was integration of non-ham communications resources (such as CERT) into the response simulation.  The exercise was very successful, again garnering overwhelmingly positive comments and including more people than before.

The full set of pictures is in the gallery.

ACES Basic Course (Washington Co.)

Contact Taylor K7TAY for more information.  Click here to sign up.  This course will consist of five weeks, three hours per night on Thursday.  A weekend date for the practical portion of the course will be set within the first few weeks, to accommodate everyone's schedules.  The fee for the course is simply to cover the production cost of the workbook.  Click here for an overview of the material that will be covered.

Capacity: 20 students
Cost: $10 for materials only (may be waived or subsidized)

Event Date: 
Thursday, August 5, 2010 - 18:00
Thursday, August 12, 2010 - 18:00
Thursday, August 19, 2010 - 18:00
Thursday, August 26, 2010 - 18:00
Thursday, September 2, 2010 - 18:00
Type: 
Course
Location: 
Ronler Acres Fire Station, Hillsboro
Currently Registered: 
19
Click here to sign up for this offering!

ACES at SeaPac

On Saturday, June 5th, Oregon ACES presented their program to the attendees at SeaPac.   The material was well-received by members and leadership from both local and state level ARES/RACES groups in attendance.  Two representatives from the Washington ACES group were there and explained their interest in the program and plans for the future.  In addition to covering the details of the program, we also announced the dates of the first two course offerings in Tillamook and Lincoln counties.  If you would like to attend either of these, go to the sign up page.

During the presentation, we had a few "pop quiz" questions from the course material, and one "performance based" contest to see who could program the offset, tone, etc into their handheld the quickest.  We gave away emergency fold-up J-Pole kits to the winners.  It was a fun way to break up the presentation, and also demonstrated two things: 1) not everyone in the room knew the answers to the questions, and 2) everyone needs more practice programming the obscure functions of their radios!

If you were unable to attend but want to get an Oregon ACES lanyard for your agency credentials, find a development team member and we will get you one.

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