AuxComm Training Available


Colorado  AuxComm training course is scheduled 21-23 September in Woodland Park.

Seats are still available.

Please visit the CO.TRAIN.ORG website to sign up through 09 September.

FEMA Releases Revised IS-100 and IS-700 NIMS Courses

No. 1417  Monday, June 25, 2018
Emergency Management Institute


FEMAs National Integration Center and the FEMA Emergency Management Institute have completed and approved the release of two revised online NIMS courses during the week of 25 June:

IS-100.c, An Introduction to the Incident Command System, ICS 100
This course introduces the Incident Command System (ICS) and provides the foundation for higher level
ICS training. The course describes the history, features and principles, and organizational structure of the Incident Command System. It also explains the relationship between ICS and the National Incident
Management System (NIMS).
IS-700.b, An Introduction to the National Incident Management System
This course provides an overview of the National Incident Management System (NIMS). NIMS defines
the comprehensive approach guiding the whole community – all levels of government, nongovernmental
organizations (NGO), and the private sector – to work together seamlessly to prevent, protect against,
mitigate, respond to, and recover from the effects of incidents. The course provides learners with a basic understanding of NIMS concepts, principles, and components.

Together, these two online courses form the foundation of NIMS training for all incident personnel. Please note that IS-100.c and IS-700.b are updated versions of the IS-100.b and IS-700.a courses. If you have successfully completed a previous version of these courses there is no FEMA requirement to take the revised versions of the courses. However, because these courses contain new information based on the revised NIMS, October 2017, you will find it informative to review the new versions of these courses.

Volunteers Requested: Rally Colorado










We have been requested to support the Rio Blanco County Sheriff’s Department for the 2018 Rally Colorado event in Rangly, CO.   This event will be considered an AuxComm deployment to exercise notification, response and operations supporting a served agency.  Non-AuxComm amateurs may participate.


 Arrival date  July 19th (Event starts July 20th).   Promoter provides lodging 2 nights or 3 nights with notification.  Meals on July 20th and 21st.

Communications expected to be on County VHF frequencies.  Radios provided.

  Sign up:

Please sign up as soon as possible so we can let the promoter know the room and meal count. 


Points of Contact for questions:   –  Event Chief of Party/Agency Liaison  – Logistics  –  Deployment/Infrastructure  – Operations


DHSEM – Auxiliary Emergency Communications: Recognition of It’s Support to Public Safety

Auxiliary Emergency Communications: Recognition of It’s Support to Public Safety

John E. Peterson, DHS OEC Technical Assistance Branch

Colorado Law Enacted to Codify AUXCOMM Unit:

A new Colorado law has created an Auxiliary Emergency Communications (AuxComm) Unit within the state’s Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (DHSEM). The law implements recommendations in a 2012 FCC report to Congress regarding amateur radio’s role in disasters and emergencies.  Governor John Hickenlooper signed the measure into law on June 6, 2016.

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FEMA DEC Newsletter – April 16-30

The twice monthly FEMA DEC news letter is available below.


FEMA DEC Newsletter_April 16-30_2018_Final

House Bill 16-1040 – Colorado AuxComm

Colorado’s House Bill 16-1040 was signed into law today (June 6, 2016) by Governor John Hickenlooper creating the Auxiliary Emergency Communications Unit in the state’s Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management in the Department of Public Safety.

The content of HB 16-1040 is available below:

HB 16-1040

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The monthly ARRL ARES E-Letter is available by clicking the link below:

Colorado Section Manager CCARC Report – Spring 2018 Meeting

ARRL Affiliated Clubs:

  1. Number of ARRL Affiliated clubs in Colorado = 46


ARRL Membership

  1. ARRL members in Colorado = 3597
  2. ARRL members in Rocky Mountain Division = 7296
  3. ARRL members in USA = 158,905
  4. Licensed Amateurs in Colorado = 17,234


Colorado Novice-141 Technician-9040 General-3852 Advanced-895 Extra-3306 Total-17234

ARRL Membership in Colorado

As of the first quarter of 2018, the ARRL Colorado Section has shown a -0.8% total net loss in our overall ARRL Membership over the preceding year ending January 2017. This represents a net total of 3,597 ARRL members out of the 7,296 current members in the entire Rocky Mountain Division (CO, UT, WY, and NM). Last year at this same time there were 3,625 ARRL members in Colorado. Colorado ARRL affiliated hams make up almost 50% of the Rocky Mountain Division’s total ARRL membership. Continue reading

Annual Armed Forces Day Crossband Communication Test – 12 May 2018

The Army Military Auxiliary Radio System will host this year’s Armed Forces Day Crossband Test, scheduled for May 12, 2018. This annual event is open to all radio operators, and will not impact any public or private communications. For more than 50 years, military and amateur stations have taken part in this event, which is only an exercise scenario, designed to include hobbyist and government radio operators alike.
The AFD Crossband Test is a unique opportunity to test two-way communications between military communicators and radio stations in the Amateur Radio Service (ARS), as authorized in 47 CFR 97.111. These tests provide opportunities and challenges for radio operators to demonstrate individual technical skills in a tightly-controlled exercise scenario that does not impact any public or private communications.
Military stations will transmit on selected military frequencies and will announce the specific ARS frequencies monitored. All times are ZULU (Z), and all frequencies are Upper Side Band (USB) unless otherwise noted. The frequencies used for the test will not impact any public or private communications, and will not stray outside the confines of the exercise.

Stations making two-way radiotelephone contacts, their time periods of operation, and frequencies as well as additional details are listed in the attached document.

Link to Armed Forces Day 2018 Info

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