TRAINING ANNOUNCEMENT: Salamander Credentialing System

The Colorado Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management is offering training opportunities for the Salamander Credentialing System. This one-day training will take place in March, April , or May of 2019 in the North Central, South Central, San Luis Valley, and Southwest Regions.

Training will cover Salamander Live Version 2 (resource management), Salamander TRACK APP (resource accountability), Salamander rapidTAG (incident specific badging system), Salamander rapidTagEVAC (evacuee identification), and Salamander COMMAND.

Please Note: Completion of the Salamander training will not automatically grant you access to the Salamander systems. The Salamander systems are not intended for “everyday” or casual use. There are limited logins available to Colorado ARES and these are only assigned on a as-needed, temporary basis for incidents and exercises.

—No training certificate is issued for completion of this course.—


  • This is a one-day training scheduled for 0830-1630.
  • Additional information and links to sign-up for the individual trainings are included for each date below.

March 26: North Central Region

March 27: San Luis Valley Region

April 23: South Central Region

May 1: Southwest Region

SAVE THE DATE – Rally Colorado: 25-27 July 2019

The Colorado AuxComm Unit has scheduled an exercise for 25-27 July, 2019. This exercise will support the Rio Blanco County Sheriff’s department during the Rally Colorado event in Rangely, Colorado.

Instructions and signup will be posted on this site when they become available.

AuxComm Training Available (01- 03 March 2019)

Colorado  AuxComm training course is scheduled 01-03 March in Grand Junction, CO.

Prerequisites: Completion of IS-00100.c, IS-00200.b, IS-00700.b, IS-00800.c, courses (1030726, 1021323, 1027248), and OPSEC Awareness are required prior to the workshop.

All attendees will need to register on and complete the application process as detailed at prior to being accepted for workshop

It is a 20 hour, 2.5 day course with facilitated lectures and student exercises

Please visit the CO.TRAIN.ORG website to sign up.

AuxComm Exercise: Dirty 30 (01 June 2019)

Colorado AuxComm Unit

The Colorado AuxComm Unit will participate in an exercise on 01 June, supporting the Dirty 30 trail run. Previous volunteers for this event and AuxComm Unit members should have already received a notification of this exercise containing instructions for sign-up.

You do not need to be an AuxComm Unit member to participate in this exercise. To Sign up, please contact Dick Williams directly using the form below:

Please enter your message to the Colorado AuxComm Unit Dirty 30 staffing coordinator, Dick Williams.

TRAINING ANNOUNCEMENT: Colorado AuxComm Class –03-05 May–

A Colorado AuxComm training course is scheduled 03-05 May at:

7649 REA Parkway, Fort Collins, Colorado 80528

Prerequisites: Completion of IS-00100.c, IS-00200.b, IS-00700.b, IS-00800.c, courses (1030726, 1021323, 1027248), and OPSEC Awareness are required prior to the workshop.

Immediate action is required if you are interested in attending the AuxComm course.All attendees will need to register online at and complete the application process as detailed at prior to being accepted for workshop

It is a 20 hour, 2.5 day course with facilitated lectures and student exercises.

Please visit the CO.TRAIN.ORG website to sign up.

FYI: Changes to the COARES Digital Nets

Effective immediately, the following changes have been made to the COARES net schedule:

  • Cancelled: The COARES HF Digital Net scheduled for the 1st and 3rd Sundays at 0730.
  • Day and Time Change: The COARES Sound Card Net has been moved to the 2nd and 4th Monday of each month at 1930.

New Colorado Section VHF Net Script Available

The net script for the Sunday night Colorado Section VHF has been updated and is now available via the Colorado Section Nets page on this site.


Course Description:

The first half of the training day will cover the Salamander Live Version 2, a resource management tool developed and funded by the Colorado Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (DHSEM). This statewide solution gives all city, county, and state agencies the ability to credential personnel and equipment and produce the standardized ID card credential. This then allows for seamless interoperability across all city and county lines. The resource information is housed in the web-based “Salamander LIVE” system. As of today, there is over 25,000 people in this database across the state.

The second half of the day will focus on the Salamander “TRACK APP” (for smartphones and tablets) to conduct resource accountability.

The Salamander “rapidTAG” incident specific badging system, Salamander “rapidTagEVAC” which focuses on evacuee identification and the Salamander “COMMAND” solution will also be covered.

Using “Salamander LIVE”, this course will also cover the ability to gain greater situational awareness and generate incident specific reports (including NEW personnel and equipment COST REPORTS. INVENTORY Management will also be discussed.

Target Audience:

Salamander Agency Administrators, Agency Data Entry Personnel, Agency Training Personnel, TrackApp Users, RapidTAG, Users, Command Users. Any other individuals who are potential system users in any form.

Date, Time & Location:

  • Wednesday January 30th, 2019 0830-1600
  • Montrose Events Center, 1036 N 7th St, Montrose, CO 81401
  • Lunch will be on your own.


Robert Wareham, (N0ESQ) Appointed as Rocky Mountain Division Vice Director

–ARRL Press Release–

Robert Wareham, N0ESQ, Appointed as Rocky Mountain Division Vice Director


ARRL President Rick Roderick, K5UR, has named Robert Wareham, N0ESQ, of Highlands Ranch, Colorado, as Rocky Mountain Division Vice Director. Wareham will serve the remaining term of Jeff Ryan, K0RM, who assumed the position of Rocky Mountain Director upon the resignation of Dwayne Allen, WY7FD.

 “I have worked side-by-side with Robert for many years addressing issues that could have an effect on Amateur Radio, and I am pleased he is joining me at the Division level to continue these efforts”

Ryan said.

 An ARRL Life Member, Wareham has been serving as Colorado Section Emergency Coordinator since 2011. He previously served in the Field Organization as Colorado’s State Government Liaison and as Public Information Officer. An attorney, Wareham assisted in drafting the bill that created the Colorado Auxiliary Emergency Communications Unit (AuxComm) in 2016. AuxComm is a unit of the Colorado Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (DHSEM) and is managed by Colorado ARES leadership under a Memorandum of Understanding.

 Wareham also was instrumental in drafting a provision exempting Amateur Radio licensees from a hands-free cell phone bill, and for drafting a bill codifying the provisions of the limited federal pre-emption known as PRB-1 into Colorado law. He has been providing pro bono legal assistance to Colorado Amateur Radio clubs for many years.

 Wareham will serve the remainder of the Vice Director’s term, which runs through 2019.

Amateur Participation Requested – MARS DOD Communication Readiness Excercise

MARS – Military Auxiliary Radio System

From 22-26 October 2018, MARS members will be supporting the DOD HF communications readiness exercise testing the ability to communicate via voice and military standard communications protocols simulating the loss of traditional forms of communication.

Throughout this exercise, MARS members will interface with the Amateur Radio community to collect information at the county level regarding publicly available information using voice and amateur radio digital protocols.

Additionally, MARS members will be participating in the HF ALE on the air exercise taking place from 12-22 Oct 2018.

On 24 Oct 0001 Hrs Zulu (23 Oct 2001 Hrs eastern) amateur radio operators are requested to monitor 60 meter channel 1 (5330.5 KHz, upper sideband) for updated information regarding this exercise and how the amateur radio community can participate.

During the exercise, MARS members will communicate with amateur radio operators on all five 60 meter channels, as well as the other amateur radio bands.

If you have questions regarding this exercise, please email:

This exercise is a simulation only and will not affect any public or private communications or infrastructure.