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.

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.

2018 ARES Simulated Emergency Test

Colorado ARES will be participating in a Simulated Emergency Test (SET) on 06 OCT 2018. Participating agencies include:

  • CO ARES Districts
  • County EOC’s (actual or simulated)
  • State EOC


Purpose: This test is intended to validate the following FEMA categories:

  • Mission Area: RESPONSE
  • Core Capabilities: Situational Assessment, Operational Communication


Objectives for the 2018 ARES SET include:

  1. Activation of participating ARES Districts via their respective County EOC (actual EOC or simulated).
  2.  Establishment of ARES District controlled nets to gather Situation Reports from ARES members and communicate reports to the county EOC (actual EOC or simulated) via radio traffic.
  3. Consolidation of District Level Situation Reports and communication of consolidated reports from the County EOC to the State EOC via radio traffic (voice and digital).


Your District Emergency Coordinator will provide more information regarding your Districts participation and plans as information becomes available.


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.

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