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Monroe County ARPSC Membership Requirements

Must be at least 18 years of age and meet the following requirements:

ARPSC Position Qualification Requirements Expectations Roles & Responsibilities
Basic Member Completion of ARES® Registration Form (FSD-98)

Sign Code of Conduct

Complete Skywarn® Spotter Training once every 2 years*

Criminal History Check (as conducted by MCS for RACES)
Participate in 1 public service communications event per year

[Check in to 1 ARPSC Net per month -and- Attend 1 ARPSC
Membership meeting per quarter]
-or-
Initiate 1 e-mail correspondence to EC per quarter describing station status and readiness to participate
Serve as Skywarn Spotters

Assist in providing communications for parades, runs, walkathons, congregate care centers, shelters and other field assignments
Advanced Member Basic member in good standing (see above)

Operate as Skywarn NCS under supervision of NWS Liaison

Completion of FEMA Training Modules:
• IS-100
• IS-700
• IS-22
Participate in 1 public service communications event per year

[Check in to 1 ARPSC Net per month -and- Attend 1 ARPSC Membership meeting per quarter]
-or-
Initiate 1 e-mail correspondence to EC per quarter describing station status and readiness to participate

Above, plus serve as Skywarn NCSs

Provide communications for parades, runs, walkathons, congregate care centers, shelters and other field assignments

 

RACES Member if completed IS-200 and IS-800
Field Team Leader Advanced Member in good standing (see above)

Receive briefing from NWS Liaison on Key Station practices and procedures

Completion of FEMA Training Modules:
• IS-200

Completion of course material for ARRL EC-001 course
NCS 1 Monday Night ARPSC Net per Quarter (total 4 per year)

Participation in 4 ARPSC Steering Committee meetings per year

Coordinate (NCS/lead) 1 public service communications event per year
- Make Position Assignments
- NCS Event
- Conduct post event critique
- Author activity report describing event, participants, critique, etc. (submitted to EC within 7 days of event)

Above, plus serve as Skywarn Key Station

Lead special assignments

 

RACES Member if completed IS-800
Assistant Emergency Coordinator / Deputy Radio Officer Field Team Leader in good standing (see above)

Completion of FEMA Training Modules:
• IS-800
NCS 2 Monday Night ARPSC Net per quarter (total 8 per year)

Participation in 6 ARPSC Steering Committee meetings per year

Coordinate (NCS/lead) 1 public service communications event per year
- Make Position Assignments
- NCS Event
- Conduct post event critique
- Author activity report describing event, participants, critique, etc. (submitted to EC within 7 days of event)

Liaison to served agencies as assigned by EC
Above, plus serve as NWS Liaison

If IS-300 & 400 qualified, may serve as operator / liaison in the Monroe County Emergency Operating Center.
Emergency Coordinator / Radio Officer AEC/DRO in good standing (see above)
Completion of FEMA Training Modules:
• IS-300 and IS-400 (when available)

Completion of course material for ARRL EC-016 course
Insure conduct of ARPSC Steering Committee meetings at least bimonthly

Insure conduct of weekly ARPSC net

Insure conduct of monthly ARPSC Membership Meetings
Manage overall Monroe County ARES, RACES and amateur radio Skywarn operations in accordance with ARPSC policies and agreements.

* Can join as Basic Member without having completed Skywarn Spotter Training, but must complete training at next opportunity offered.

Note: Administrative positions may be created that will require only the training and expectations as determined by the EC.

 

Nets & Meetings

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The Monroe County ARPSC Net is conducted every Monday night at 2000 hours local time on the 146.72- (PL 100) Monroe Repeater.  All are welcome to join us - you do not have to be a member of the Monroe County ARPSC to participate in this net.

 

Meetings are held the first Thursday of each month at 1930 hours at

Monroe County Emergency Management Building
987 S Raisinville Rd
Monroe, MI 48161

Welcome

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Welcome to the Monroe County ARPSC Website


The Amateur Radio Public Service Corps encompases the Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES®) and the Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service (RACES) and includes the SKYWARN® Severe Weather Spotter Program sponsored by the National Weather Service.

The primary function of the Monroe County ARPSC is to provide emergency communications for public assistance in times of need or distress.  The role of the ARPSC is not to replace, but rather augment existing communications systems during a communications emergency.  A communications emergency is said to exist when a need for communications exists and

  • customary communications circuits are interupted or overloaded
  • there are no customary communications circuits
  • interagancy communications needs must be met.

The Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) consists of licensed amateurs who help with communications duty in the public service when disaster strikes. Every licensed amateur, regardless of membership in ARRL or any other local or national organization, is eligible for membership in the ARES. The only qualification, other than possession of an Amateur Radio license, is a sincere desire to serve. Because ARES is an amateur service, only amateurs are eligible for membership.

 

 The Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service (RACES), is a public service provided by a volunteer Amateur Radio Operators that is administered by local, county and state emergency management divisions, and supported by FEMA. As a part of the Amateur Radio Service, it provides radio communications for civil-preparedness purposes only, during periods of local, regional or national civil emergencies. These emergencies are not limited to war-related activities, but can include natural disasters such as earthquakes, hurricanes, wildfires, power outages, floods, victim searches, air crashes, and many others.

   SKYWARN is a government sponsored entity. We assist NOAA's National Weather Service and our local emergency management division in determining severe weather, and going out and watching the skies. The organization of spotters and the distribution of warning information may lie with the National Weather Service or with an emergency management agency within the community. This varies across the country however, with local national weather service offices taking the lead in some locations, while emergency management takes the lead in other areas.

 

 

Contact Us

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Monroe County ARPSC Contacts
 

Emergency Coordinator / Radio Officer

David Buchko, AC8SI
302 E 8th St
Monroe, MI 48161
734-731-1295
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Assistant Emergency Coordinators / Deputy Radio Officers

Michael Karmol, N8KUF
567 W Vienna Rd
Temperance, MI 48182
734-847-4648
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Dale Williams, WA8EFK
291 Outer Drive
Dundee, MI 48183-1014
734-529-3232
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