Adams-Arapahoe County ARES ALERT STATUS: Normal (Alert 0) Monthly Meeting -- Next membership meeting planned for Thursday, October 13th at 19:00 hours. This is an IN PERSON MEETING - NOTE: Different location -- DETAILS IN EMAIL AND ONLINE --

I was browsing some news and read the story below. Here in Colorado that could easily have been a life threatening event.

NORTH PORT, Fla. (AP) — A Florida woman who became lost during a half-marathon trail run was found past nightfall after wandering around a 25,000-acre park for nearly 12 hours.

The Sarasota Times-Herald reports Melissa Kitcher was in good spirits after being found Sunday evening. She says she made a wrong turn more than three miles into the 13.1-mile run.

Race director Thierry Rouillard says he had no idea Kitcher was still on the trail until her husband called late Sunday afternoon, hours after the Trail Hog run finished. Sarasota County Sheriff's Office deputies began searching soon after.

Kitcher says her cell phone froze before the race but she never really worried since she knew her family would come looking for her. She plans to run the Sarasota Half Marathon in March and finish.


We, ARES members, pride ourselves on our ability to communicate over amateur radio but I will suggest we should spend more time practicing the "what" we are communicating! Because Hams tend to be geeks we are asked to do a lot of things at large events and incidents that do not fall into the "Amateur Radio" category. I think that's okay and welcome the opportunity to help out any way I can. It increases our contribution to solving the incident/event and makes us more valuable to our served agencies. But when it comes to communication and in this instance specifics such as runner bib numbers is it enough to just communicate the bib number and go on? I think not.

I do not know the details of this particular race and mean no ill towards the event staff and only use this as a good example for us to learn from. I carry a small notebook that fits in the leg pocket of my super cool tactical pants (inside humor...) that I get to wear at ARES events just like this. I write everything down in it. At the end of my shift I go someplace quiet that has a desk where I transfer everything over to an ICS-214. For me it beats keeping a folded up copy of a 214 in my pocket that gets trashed during my shift while I walk around, sit, climb, or do anything else asked of me. Other folks have other ways of doing theirs and that's okay. Just as long as it gets done.  It is incredibly important to complete the 214 for every shift and I'm the first one to admit I need to practice more at doing mine!

Using the notebook I can write any and everything down at the moment it happens. REMEMBER: IF IT ISN'T WRITTEN DOWN IT DID NOT HAPPEN! I can't stress that enough. So what gets written down in the 214? In a nutshell it's the 3 A's. Actions, Accidents, and Agreements. What Actions have I taken on my own or have been asked to take at the request of Net Control? What Accidents have I witnessed or been on scene of and what are the details of said accident(s)? Lastly, what I have told someone I would do and when did I do it or what have I agreed to and when did I do it?

Before turning in your ICS 214 use your cell phone to grab a good photo of all pages you've written on so that you have a copy should something come up down the road. Thanks for indulging me by reading some ramblings of mine.

Thank-You also for your continued support and as always, if you have a question please direct it to ec at arapahoeares dot org. 

73 de KCØVAQ


Hello Folks,

November meeting is this Thursday, the 10th. The subject will be on ATV and the presenter will be Matt Holiday from BCARES. I am looking forward to Matts presentation and learning more about ATV!

December meeting will be split topics, on Packet/Winlink and Net Control.

I am putting together 2 lists based on the questions below:

  1.     Let me know if you have a TNC, cable, and radio but need help setting it all up.
  2.     Also let me know if you have no equipment but would like help determining what you need.

I anticipate to address both topics above independent of each other.

11/09 - Tri-County Health. KD0UFO and I will be participating in their yearly MRC Partner session to talk about what ACARES can do for them, learn about their other partner agencies, and also a chance to check out the antennas and any other equipment they have. I will report back on what we learn.

11/15 - City of Aurora Drill 0830 to 1630. I have 1 1/2 people for Aurora Dispatch and 1 for the EOC we could probably use 1 additional person at each site if you are available.

11/20 - ACSO Dispatch we will be testing the Winlink/Packet setup for those who would like to participate. Space i limited to let WA9TCD know ASAP if you'd like to participate.

73 de KD5DKQ

As a former EMT/Firefighter I had friends of friends who were directly impacted by 09/11. One of my mentors in the Fire Service did a "ride along" with an NYFD Battalion Chief he knew just weeks before. Had his "ride along" been a few weeks later I would have lost a close and dear friend. Who knew? The morning of 09/11 I was getting ready for church and had gotten up early so I could call my Father and wish him a Happy Birthday. He and I had a very somber conversation and were horrified as we both watched the second plane impact on live national TV. Not the conversation I wanted to have with him that day. We both agreed that my birthday wish for him next year would be much better. Two months later my father passed away unexpectedly.

During our weekly net this morning our EC at the time, Ben Baker, KB0UBZ, told us a little about the impact that event had on Arapahoe County Amateur Radio Emergency Service. I asked him to elaborate on the events of the day and have posted them to our homepage. A must read! It underscores our need to be ready even if the event is thousands of miles away. We have seen this time and time again. One of our own, Kevin Erickson, N2NWA, just got back from working with the Red Cross in Louisiana assisting with the recent floods and subsequent recovery. It also underscores our need to be prepared. Make sure our family is prepared and ready so that we can help out. Be prepared ourselves so that we can help out wherever needed doing whatever is needed. As Ben points out, not everything Arapahoe A.R.E.S. members did as a result of 09/11 was communications oriented. Some drove vans and some entertained stranded travelers to name a couple of things. We also need to be flexible. There are always stories from big events where some agency has a computer problem and they start looking for "the radio guys" since they always know how to fix "things." As our former EC was fond of saying "Be A Proud ACARES Member" and as your current EC what I know is that ACARES Members are THE Professional Amateurs!

God Bless America and those who serve!

73 de KD5DKQ