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Posted: Tue May 26, 2009 3:27 am
by russellhltn
Songcatcher wrote:I also would like to take the ARRL EM Comm classes I, II, and III.

I is a great idea. II is probably not a bad one. But III is if you plan on being a EM Comm leader.

Extra buys you a little more spectrum. The test is much more technical. It can get you a little more prestigious call sign, but that's about it.

Posted: Tue May 26, 2009 3:33 am
by Mikerowaved
First of all, congratulations on your General! That's a great achievement. You'll find the Extra exam a lot more technical, but IMO, it's worth the effort.

Just so you know, the ARRL EC-200 and EC-300 courses are no longer available. Later this year, they will be replaced with a single "Advanced" EmComm course of some kind.

Don't forget there are some great FEMA courses available as well, such as, IS-100, IS-200, and IS-700 that can help you better work with your served agencies during a major incident.

Finally, I had a good chuckle over your C.H.A.M.P.S. acronym. Someone spent some long hours thinking that one up! ;)

Posted: Tue May 26, 2009 12:39 pm
by heartgard
Yes, I have already completed the IS-100, IS-200 and IS-700 FEMA courses. I had to complete those to get my state emergency worker card. I am also CERT trained. I never thought I would be interested in amateur radio but it makes sense because of my work experience in both 911 and Police Records Specialist. I much preferred the records radio which is alot less stress.

And about the whole Puyallup Stake website I gave you, I have no idea what the C.H.A.M.P.S. even stands for, I've been trying to figure it out since you brought it up and all I can come up with is Puyallup Stake Church Hams Public Service? What did you think it meant that gave you the chuckle? Maybe you got something different out of it. Jackie

Posted: Tue May 26, 2009 1:21 pm
by russellhltn
Songcatcher wrote:And about the whole Puyallup Stake website I gave you, I have no idea what the C.H.A.M.P.S. even stands for, I've been trying to figure it out since you brought it up

It's on the website's home page: "Concerned Hams Assisting Members of the Puyallup Stake"

Posted: Tue May 26, 2009 5:09 pm
by heartgard
Imagine that! All I had to do was find it on their website....too funny! They do have quite a large group of hams out there. They have done nets with over 100 check ins at times. I belong to a different Stake that has much fewer hams but trying to get the word out to interest more members. J

Ham Radio (ERC) in the Church

Posted: Wed May 27, 2009 9:44 am
by dennisbartholomew
Many of us feel that the Emergency Response Communications (ERC) program in the Church is in need of a central location for disseminating information. This would promote consistency and, hopefully, correct information to all. I propose a website that would be operated by one or more responsible individuals - hopefully someone in Salt Lake who is 'in the know' on the ERC program. I have a website for the 61 stakes that I am responsible for at What do you think?
Dennis, KE6MFF

Posted: Wed May 27, 2009 11:28 am
by Mikerowaved
Your website is a great start. I recently stumbled on the ERC_ECS Yahoo Group. It's not very apparent, but it appears to serve the N. Utah area. In my search for information on ECS, I was surprised by how little there was.

Stake ERC Plan Examples

Posted: Mon Jun 08, 2009 8:52 pm
by BoliviaKid-p40
Hi, I've read through this entire thread tonight! (All 10 pages) Was wondering if someone can point me to some example ERC plans that stakes/wards have put together. I understand that every area is different and stakes are of various sizes and geographical makeups but am just looking for a few examples of things that could serve as a starting point.


Posted: Tue Jul 14, 2009 8:29 pm
by w7qlo-p40
C.H.A.M.P.S stands for Concerned Hams Assisting Members of the Puyallup Stake. This is the Puyallup Washington Stake. We currently have approximately 200 ham operators in our stake.

Posted: Wed Jul 15, 2009 5:48 am
by hpaulsen
FYI, my latest WardMap update allows you to view a map of active amateur licensees for each zipcode that shows up in the ward. Might be helpful for some people.