San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
Basic ACES Certification
This training and certification will involve sixteen (16) hours of classroom and practical evaluation where the operator must demonstrate the specific learning competencies outlined for the course. This course will cover basic emergency communications topics and procedures for operating VHF/UHF voice only. We plan to add several advanced topics for experienced operators.
Students attending this course are expected to bring a handheld amateur radio with instruction book as well as proof of completion of IS-100, IS-200, and IS-700 FEMA courses. Students should have a working knowledge of their radio and be able to do basic programming of frequencies and other parameters covered in the course.
The following outline is representative of the material to be presented in the classroom.
- Introduction To Emergency Communications
- Emergency Communications Groups and Served Agencies
- Basic Communications Skills for Emergency Communications
- Basic Equipment Selection for Emergency Communications
- Programming and Operations of VHF/UHF Equipment
- Troubleshooting your field operations
- Incident Command System for Communications
- Emergency Nets and Net Operation
- Building a Response Kit and Preparing for Activation
- Activation and Response
- Basic Message Handling
- Message Handling Classroom Exercise
- Public Safety and Other Communications Systems
- Mapping and GPS use
- Communications Integrity
At the end of the course, there will be a comprehensive 40 question multiple choice test. Students must pass with a 75% or higher score to receive a certificate of achievement.
There will be an on-the-air component of the course (an emergency net and message-passing exercise) on a weeknight between the two course dates. Participation is optional but strongly recommended.
The practical session will be an application of skills learned and will include each student successfully demonstrating the following skills:
- Given the details of a simulated repeater (another radio) correctly configure your own handheld for proper frequency, tone, and offset to open the squelch and transmit your callsign
- Using a handheld radio, exchange a signal report with your instructor using correct phonetics for both callsigns
- Using a handheld radio, demonstrate techniques for improving communications by:
- Adjusting squelch level to overcome noise
- Enabling tone squelch
- Adjusting antenna position
- Increasing power
- Using a provided radiotelegram, transmit the contents via voice
- Accurately copy a radiotelegram transmitted by the instructor
- Demonstrate accurately completing an ICS-213 and transmitting its contents
- Demonstrate programming a radio according to a completed ICS-205
- De-sense demonstration
- Actual hands-on demonstration of close-proximity transceivers can desensitize each other
- How to tell it's happening and what to do to minimize the effect, when necessary
- Participate in a simulated traffic net exercise
- Half the class gets traffic to pass, half the class will receive
- One person as net control, the others as check-ins
- Participate in a simulated activation practice
- Definition of a scenario
- Tabletop activation
- Practice tactical net
- Sample traffic and requests that must be translated into formal or tactical messages and passed
- De-sense demonstration
Are there ID requirements or an age limit to enter the event?
In general, you must be a licensed Amateur Radio operator over age 18 to attend this course. We are holding an HamCram on March 11 in Tracy for those seeking to be licensed before the course.
Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?
Is my registration/ticket transferrable?
Attendees are being selected by the organizer in order to meet emergency communications needs and are non-transferrable. If you find that you are unable to attend, please contact us immediately for a refund.
The name on the registration/ticket doesn't match the attendee. Is that okay?
No. See above.
When & Where
California Emergency Volunteers, Inc.
California Emergency Volunteers, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt charity serving volunteer first responders in Northern California.
Our primary focus is on training. We offer a highly-successful Amateur Radio training program as well as topical courses and specialized training for volunteer responders. We also operate a notification system and support Amateur Radio repeaters and other technologies used by emergency volunteers.
Presently, our members are primarily from Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT) and Amateur Radio organizations in San Joaquin and Contra Costa Counties.