Our 2020 Communications Academy theme is:

"If Cascadia Rises, Will We Fall?"

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08:00 Registration Begins

09:00 Welcome and Introductory Remarks

09:30 Keynote:

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Session 1 - Keynote Speaker: - Jason Biermann, Director of Snohomish County, WA Department of Emergency Management

Topic:  Preparing for CSZ: Building an Island Mentality in Western Washington
Topic Description: This session will focus on the necessity of EmComm teams to navigate barriers caused by communities being partially and completely cut off from aid and resources due to catastrophic events in our area

Speaker Bio:

Jason M Biermann is the Director of the Snohomish County, Washington, Department of Emergency Management. His team delivers comprehensive emergency management services that support the 830,000 residents of Snohomish County, working with multiple cities and towns, two Tribal Nations, and unincorporated Snohomish County. These services include educating diverse populations on the County’s many hazards, which include volcanoes, earthquakes, flooding, landslides, and severe weather.

Jason’s background includes working in disaster risk reduction, as a public health response planner, as a wildland and urban firefighter, and service in the military. His experiences responding to multiple disasters led to an intense appreciation for regional collaboration that spans the public and private sectors and includes representatives from the entire community.

Jason serves as a member of the Governor’s Emergency Management Council and the Emergency Management Advisory Group, which advises the State Emergency Management Division’s Director. He also represents the Snohomish County on a wide variety of policy and programmatic initiatives focused on a range of topics including statewide catastrophic planning and climate adaptation. He holds a M.A. in Security Studies from the Naval Postgraduate School and is an IAEM Certified Emergency Manager.

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10:30 Break

10:30 - 11:00 - Exhibitors and Vendors booth visits
Instructional Track:

11:00 Morning Sessions

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Session 2 - Maximillian Dixon - Earthquake Program Manager for the Washington State EMD

Topic - "You Can Survive IF You Get Prepared!":

Info on topic:

Learn about the earthquake risk in WA and how to survive the big one..

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Speaker Bio: - Maximilian Dixon is the Hazards and Outreach Program Supervisor for the Washington State Military Department’s Emergency Management Division (WA EMD). He manages the Earthquake, Tsunami, Volcano, Public Education and Outreach Programs and represents WA EMD as the subject matter expert and policy advisor on geological hazards and outreach issues.

Maximilian is responsible for coordinating geological hazard risk reduction efforts between international, federal, state, tribal, and local partners. He Chairs the Washington ShakeAlert Communications, Education and Outreach Committee, Chairs the Western States Seismic Policy Council (WSSPC) Tsunami Committee, is Vice President of the Cascadia Region Earthquake Workgroup (CREW), is the National Earthquake Program Managers (NEPM) President-Elect, is on the National Tsunami Hazard Mitigation Program (NTHMP) Coordinating Committee and is on the Advanced National Seismic System (ANSS) Steering Committee. Maximilian received his bachelor’s degree and two master’s degrees from the University of Washington.

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Session 3 - Kevin Hanrahan, 9-1-1 Supervisor in Snohomish County, WA w/ Jarrod Dibble, Program Coordinator - ECC Readiness/Technology Snohomish County DEM

Topic - "Public alerting and warning – Evolving Mass Notification Systems":

Info on topic:

This presentation is a general overview of public alerting systems and processes used to inform the public during localized or widespread emergencies or disasters. Including National Warning system (NAWAS), Integrated Public Alert and Warning system (IPAWS) and Electronic telephone notifications (ETN).

Instructional Track:

Bios:
Kevin Hanrahan

Speaker info: Kevin Hanrahan is a 9-1-1 supervisor in Snohomish county WA. He started his public safety career in 1999. The variety and challenges of the work keep him engaged and have offered him many opportunities to interact with special operations groups such as Marine/Dive services, TERT, Search and Rescue, USFS, SCSO Aviation, USCG maritime SAR, ALNW and Paine Field airport. He enjoys working to support their mission and overcome various communications challenges presented as well as participate in response planning and drills. Kevin has been honored to work alongside a stellar group of dedicated professionals who have weathered many events over the years. Some incidents have garnered national and international media attention such as the Big-Four ice caves collapse, Presidential visits, catastrophic floods, Marysville-Pilchuck HS shooting and the SR 530 landslide near Oso. Kevin is as a member of the Inter-Agency Child Abduction Response Team (ICART). He joined Telecommunications Emergency Response Team (TERT) in November 2012 and was deployed as the team leader to the Okanogan county EOC during the wildfires in 2015. He recently has been accepted to the Northwest Incident Management Team (NWIMT) and looks forward to expanding his knowledge and abilities as the learns from and supports his teammates.

Co-presenter Jarrod Dibble is a Program Coordinator - ECC Readiness/Technology with Snohomish County Dept. Emergency Management.

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Session 4 -  TJ McDonald - Coordinator / Hazard Analyst at City of Seattle OEM

Topic - “Rethinking Seattle’s Emergency Mapping Strategy”:

Responding effectively to major emergencies requires knowing where to apply resources in a timely manner, yet responders often fly blind especially in the initial phases of a response. Mapping is a critical component of situational awareness yet too often what we have is contradictory fragments. Leadership must make decisions with chaotic maps containing incomplete information. For people producing the maps, work is an unending stream of spreadsheets, email, siloed web applications, PDFs, and pictures.

Can anything be done to fix this situation? "After the Greenwood gas explosion, a colleague asked me why our maps couldn't look as clean as the ones in the newspaper." Indeed, why not? This question became the genesis for a new plan at how we do mapping in the Seattle EOC. We have not completed our planning process so I can't offer our finished plan, but I can explain how we are approaching the dilemma.

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Bio: TJ McDonald - Coordinator / Hazard Analyst at City of Seattle OEM

TJ McDonald: On November 25th, 1990 Typhoon Owen struck the tiny, remote atoll where he served as a Peace Corps Volunteer. Shocked by the devastation and difficult recovery process, T.J. decided to pursue a career dedicated to lessening disaster impacts.

In 1993 T.J. enrolled in Cornell University's City and Regional Planning program where he worked with Prof. Barclay Jones, a leading expert in disaster mitigation. In 1994, T.J. obtained an internship with the City of Seattle's Office of Emergency Management (OEM) where he was tasked with writing the Seattle Hazard Identification and Vulnerability Analysis (SHIVA) which has been recognized as one of the best in its class.

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Session 5 - Scott Currie, NS7C:

Topic - "Operating Winlink with No Local Network":

Info on topic: This presentation describes the Winlink radio email service options for communications when there is no functioning network (like the Internet) available.

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Bio: Scott Currie, NS7C

Speaker info: - Scott Currie, NS7C works for the City of Auburn in the Emergency Management office as an assistant to the Emergency Manager. At the city, Scott works in the Emergency Operations Center during activation's, drills, and exercises, and also provides public education on disaster preparedness, ICS, CERT and First Aid/CPR/AED. He also maintains and upgrades the communications equipment at the EOC. Scott has been an amateur operator since 1981 and holds Amateur Extra class license NS7C. He teaches amateur radio license classes and enjoys mentoring new hams. Scott also serves as the ARES Emergency Coordinator for the Auburn and Maple Valley emergency communications teams.

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Session 6 - Randy Richmond, W7HMT, Planning Manager for the North Bend WA ARES Team (NBAT) -

Topic - "How FirstNet™ Can Augment Your ARES/ACS Mission":

Info on topic: Cascadia Rising and other major disasters are likely to require every tool in the emergency communications toolbox. Certainly, amateur radio has a significant role, especially by virtue of our local nature, and our ability to quickly deploy ad-hoc systems. Our narrowband solutions are resilient and plenty capable of conducting essential voice and slow speed data communications. Yet, modern major disasters also bring with them a desire for high speed and secure communications; for quick and reliable transport of resource requests (such as ICS-213) and situational awareness. FirstNet™ by AT&T is a new tool in the emergency communications toolbox, and it may have some applicability in our ARES/ACS toolbox as well. FirstNet™ is not only available to public safety agencies, but also to auxiliary volunteer organizations such as ARES. Come find out about FirstNet™, and how it can potentially augment the ARES/ACS mission.

Instructional Track:

Bio: Randy Richmond, W7HMT

Speaker info: - Randy Richmond is the Planning Manager for the North Bend WA ARES Team (NBAT). He is also a 35-year veteran of the local public safety comm center solution manufacturer, Zetron, a subsidiary of JVCKenwood. Through his role as Zetron’s Standards & Regulatory Specialist, Randy has become very familiar with FirstNet and the new global “Mission Critical” LTE standards that enable it. Randy has been a licensed HAM since 1986 and proudly uses his father’s HAM call dating back to the 1930’s.

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Session 7 - EmComm Apprentice's Track (Formerly Beginner's Track)

The EmComm Apprentice Track (formerly Beginner’s Track) is designed to introduce the new amateur operator to amateur radio operations in general, with additional focus on using amateur radio to support Emergency Communications (EmComm). Amateur radio operators are now starting to focus their attention on preparing for Cascadia 2022, a follow-on exercise to Cascadia Rising (2016). The EmComm Apprentice Track consists of the following classes which will help the new amateur operator understand both basics of amateur radio equipment and operation, and how that knowledge and those skills contribute to supporting community and government entities in times of disaster or emergency:

TheEmComm Apprentice's Track is both a series of six individual classes, each containing a lot of information, but it is also designed to be a cohesive collective experience offering more than just six classes.  For more information on each class, please click on the link below:

EmComm Basics

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12:15 LUNCH - Door Prize Drawing - Brockey A & B

13:00 - 13:45 - Exhibitors and Vendors booth visits
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13:45 Early Afternoon Sessions

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Session 8 - Paul Davison - Lieutenant and Medical Services Officer with the Bellevue Fire Department

Topic - "FEMA URBAN SEARCH AND RESCUE TASK FORCE RESPONSE SYSTEM":

Info on topic: A comprehensive overview of the FEMA Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) response system and their capability with extra information on Communication section.

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Bio: Paul Davison, Lieutenant and Medical Services Officer with the Bellevue Fire Department.

Paul Davison has been a member of the Bellevue Fire Department for over 40 years. Starting as a Volunteer and now serving as a Medical Services Officer supervising the Medic Units for the Department. He has been a past member of the Seattle King County Disaster Team and deployed to the Northridge Earthquake in the Los Angeles area.

Paul has been a member assigned to the Washington Task Force 1 since its inception in 1991 starting out as a Medical Specialist and now assigned as a Communication Specialist. For the past five years he has been selected and a member of Pacific Northwest Team 10 which is an all hazards Type 2 Incident Management Team, serving in the Communications Unit.

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Session 9 - Chelsea Nied, EEW Outreach Coord Washington State EMD and Maximillian Dixon Earthquake Program Manager for the Washington State EMD

Topic - "ShakeAlert Earthquake Early Warning in the Pacific Northwest":

Info on topic: Coming soon! “ShakeAlert” is an earthquake early warning system that can provide warning before earthquake shaking reaches you, so that you can protect yourself against injury and damage. Washington is creating a cellphone app that will deliver the ShakeAlerts and provide information on how to get 2 Weeks Ready. ShakeAlert was designed by the US Geological Survey ((USGS) and research universities in California Oregon, and Washington. The cellphone app for Washington is expected to be ready for public release in October 2020 for the Great Washington ShakeOut.

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Bios:
Chelsea Nied, EEW Outreach Coord Washington State EMD

Chelsea Nied has served in Emergency Management for 30 years. She has deployed on 70 Field incidents, has created and taught disaster preparedness classes, was an American Red Cross Disaster Services Instructor, a Type 2 PIO for wildland fire Incident Management Teams, and a FEMA disaster reservist for 12 years. With FEMA. she held two position titles: Community Relations Officer and Tribal Affairs Liaison. Chelsea has worked or volunteered at every level of emergency management in the United States: which Includes military, federal, tribal, state, county, private sector and VOAD.

Maximilian Dixon, Hazards and Outreach Supervisor WA State EMD -

Maximilian Dixon is the Hazards and Outreach Program Supervisor for the Washington State Military Department’s Emergency Management Division (WA EMD). He manages the Earthquake, Tsunami, Volcano, Public Education and Outreach Programs and represents WA EMD as the subject matter expert and policy advisor on geological hazards and outreach issues.

Maximilian is responsible for coordinating geological hazard risk reduction efforts between international, federal, state, tribal, and local partners. He Chairs the Washington ShakeAlert Communications, Education and Outreach Committee, Chairs the Western States Seismic Policy Council (WSSPC) Tsunami Committee, is Vice President of the Cascadia Region Earthquake Workgroup (CREW), is the National Earthquake Program Managers (NEPM) President-Elect, is on the National Tsunami Hazard Mitigation Program (NTHMP) Coordinating Committee and is on the Advanced National Seismic System (ANSS) Steering Committee. Maximilian received his bachelor’s degree and two master’s degrees from the University of Washington.

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Session 10 - Scott Honaker, N7SS

Topic: “Protect Yourself from Malware!”:

Info on topic: Amateur Radio, like the rest of our lives, has become increasingly digital and dependent on Internet connected technologies. As more of our devices and personal information are exposed to the Internet the need to stay safe has never been greater. We’ll discuss the risks (attack vectors) and precautions you can take to protect yourself. Although these risks are present on any platform, we’ll focus primarily on Windows PCs as the most common. We’ll cover a wide range of risks and solutions. Prepare to take some notes.

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Bio: Scott Honaker, N7SS

Speaker info: Scott has always been interested in electronics, and worked at Radio Shack and ABC Communications during college. He got his ham radio license later while working for Microsoft and became active in digital and VHF weak signal communications. He was a charter member of both the Pacific NW VHF Society and MicroHams and later became president of both organizations. He was also Chair and current Vice-Chair of WWARA. In 2005 Scott began volunteering with Snohomish County Emergency Management and was later hired as the County Communications Coordinator. Scott is also the author of the digital chapter of the ARRL Amateur Radio Handbook and chair of the MicroHams Digital Conference.

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Session 11 - Scott Currie, NS7C:

Topic - "Winlink Install and Configuration Overview":

Info on topic: This presentation will cover installation, configuration, and operation of the Winlink Express client software and other utilities, focusing on V/UHF packet radio operation. An overview of HF operation will also be covered.

Instructional Track:

Bio: Scott Currie, NS7C

Speaker info: - Scott Currie, NS7C works for the City of Auburn in the Emergency Management office as an assistant to the Emergency Manager. At the city, Scott works in the Emergency Operations Center during activation's, drills, and exercises, and also provides public education on disaster preparedness, ICS, CERT and First Aid/CPR/AED. He also maintains and upgrades the communications equipment at the EOC. Scott has been an amateur operator since 1981 and holds Amateur Extra class license NS7C. He teaches amateur radio license classes and enjoys mentoring new hams. Scott also serves as the ARES Emergency Coordinator for the Auburn and Maple Valley emergency communications teams.

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Session 12 - Fr. Charles Barnes, KJ7GKQ

Topic - “Emotional and Spiritual Care in Disasters: Communication and Intervention Techniques":

Whether on the radio or off, rescue workers are likely to confront people affected by a disaster. This presentation presents techniques and practical suggestions utilizing the VA's psychological First Aid model. The course will cover basic psychology of disasters and its effects on individuals along with suggestions for addressing people’s spiritual distress and fears related to an incident

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Bio: Fr. Charles Barnes

Fr. Charles Barnes Charles Barnes, SJ is a Roman Catholic Chaplain ordained in 2008 and endorsed by the Archdiocese for Military Services. He is a member of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) since 1997 and maintains Board Certification through the National Association of Catholic Chaplains plus he is certified in Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) though the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation.

Fr. Charles has a varied background in healthcare stretching over 35 years working in diverse places such as the United Kingdom, Saudi Arabia and Nigeria. He has a Master’s degree in Health Administration from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, MO (1987), a Master’s degree in Health Care Ethics from Loyola University Chicago (2002), and a Master of Divinity from Jesuit School of Theology in Berkeley, CA. (2008). He served 8 years as an airport chaplain including coordinating the Clergy Disaster Response Team at San Francisco International Airport. His interests are trauma spiritual care, crisis intervention and emergency response and teaches a course in pastoral crisis intervention for chaplains as well as courses in Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM).

Fr. Charles also serves on the local Emergency Management Advisory Committee and is a founding member and Co-Coordinator of the Seattle VA’s Critical Incident Response team. (206) 764-2033 charles.barnes2@va.gov

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Session 13 - EmComm Apprentice's Track (Formerly Beginner's Track)

The EmComm Apprentice Track (formerly Beginner’s Track) is designed to introduce the new amateur operator to amateur radio operations in general, with additional focus on using amateur radio to support Emergency Communications (EmComm). Amateur radio operators are now starting to focus their attention on preparing for Cascadia 2022, a follow-on exercise to Cascadia Rising (2016). The EmComm Apprentice Track consists of the following classes which will help the new amateur operator understand both basics of amateur radio equipment and operation, and how that knowledge and those skills contribute to supporting community and government entities in times of disaster or emergency:

TheEmComm Apprentice's Track is both a series of six individual classes, each containing a lot of information, but it is also designed to be a cohesive collective experience offering more than just six classes. For more information on each class, please click on the link below:

EmComm Basics

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14:45 Break

14:45 - 15:30 - Exhibitors and Vendor booth visits
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15:30 Late Afternoon Sessions

Session 14 - Stephen Kangas, W9SK

Topic - " Intro to DMR™ in EmComm: Overview & Current Uses":

Overview of Digital Mobile Radio (DMR) technology, why it’s gaining popularity in emergency communications, how it works, and how to get started with amateur DMR radio in your EmComm team.

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Bio: Stephen Kangas, W9SK

Stephen Kangas is the Public Information Officer and a technology lead for the North Bend Amateur Radio Emergency Services™ Team (NBAT), which serves the City of North Bend, WA, and adjacent area. First licensed in fifth grade as a Novice, he is an Extra Class amateur radio geek who is among the original officers of NBAT when it was first formed in 2002, and has served both in public service events and in emergency activations when no other communications media was functional. He enjoys designing and building antennas and radio equipment, with a recent particular interest in Software Defined Radio (SDR) and Digital Mobile Radio (DMR). He holds bachelor’s degrees in electronics engineering and information technology, a Master’s of Science in Cyber Security, and works as an independent information security strategy consultant.

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Session 15 - Mark Chung, MD, KK6SMD

Topic - “Innovations In Ham Radio Education”:

New ideas and concepts can be taught via a Webinar method to teach ham radio classes to recruit new licensees across a wide geographic area.

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Bio: Mark Chung, MD, KK6SMD

Mark Chung MD is a practicing physician in Cerritos, CA. He spent 25 years in the US Navy as a battalion surgeon, and retired as a Navy captain. Along the way, he obtained his Amateur Extra license, and founded the Cerritos Amateur Radio League, composed of operators in multiple cities around the area. He has expertise in field emergency communications, and conducts numerous field exercises and weekly nets. He is part of a task force to promote Amateur Radio Education and training in the greater Los Angeles region. He endeavors to promote digital communications training to supplement voice communications for Red Cross radio operators.

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Session 16 - Ian Gallagher, KE7MAP and Morgan Davis, KD7ZMC, Burning Man Emergency Dispatch Volunteers

Topic - “This is Not a Drill – Safety and Communications at Burning Man”:

Get a look into Burning Man, a week long event in the remote Nevada high-desert with 70,000 people, from the perspective of an ESD (Emergency Services Department) Dispatcher, and a Black Rock Ranger - two of the volunteer safety departments in Black Rock City (BRC).

What do the roles entail, what types of incidents & issues arise... and how we rely on effective communications, ICS protocols, and IMS to interface with other BRC departments, local and federal authorities - to effectively manage the various emergent situations that arise in the real world of an event of this scale and environment.

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Bio: Ian Gallagher, KE7MAP and Morgan Davis, KD7ZMC

Ian Gallagher has been attending Burning Man since 2010, licensed as an Amateur Radio operator since 2007, and curious about all aspects of technology, radios, and emergency services since before he can remember. For the past two years he has expanded his radio related volunteerism to include being a volunteer dispatcher for Burning Man’s Emergency Services Department, acting as a dispatcher for incoming 911 calls, as well as dispatching emergent and non-emergent units to calls of all types.

Morgan Davis has been attending Burning Man since 2008, licensed as an Amateur Radio operator since 2004, and intrigued with all aspects of technology, radios, and public safety since before he can remember. For the past six years he has volunteered as a Black Rock Ranger at Burning Man, as well as regional events around the country.

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Session 17 - Carl Lunak, Emergency Manager at Northshore Emergency Management Coalition (NEMCo)

Topic - “Are You Really Ready?”:

Practical step-by-step instructions on how to be fully prepared for emergencies, including a written family plan, ready for evacuation, supplies and equipment.

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Bio: Carl Lunak, Emergency Manager at Northshore Emergency Management Coalition (NEMCo)

Carl Lunak is the Emergency manager for the cities of Kenmore, Lake Forest Park, Northshore Fire Department & Northshore Utility District.

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Session 18 - Bryan Hoyer, K7UDR

Topic - “Advanced Techniques to Improve Winlink Usability in a Major Disaster”:

In a major emergency, like Cascade Rising, Winlink stations, gateways and digi-peaters will be extremely taxed. We will present advanced techniques to better utilize available resources, , including:

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Bio: Bryan Hoyer, K7UDR, CEO NW Digital Radio

Bryan Hoyer, K7UDR, is a 28-year veteran engineer and entrepreneur from Silicon Valley. Licensed in 2000, Bryan has been involved in EMCOMM since moving to San Juan Island in 2007. Bryan founded NW Digital Radio in 2011 to create a new high- performance class of multi-mode digital radios!

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Session 19 - EmComm Apprentice's Track (Formerly Beginner's Track)

The EmComm Apprentice Track (formerly Beginner’s Track) is designed to introduce the new amateur operator to amateur radio operations in general, with additional focus on using amateur radio to support Emergency Communications (EmComm). Amateur radio operators are now starting to focus their attention on preparing for Cascadia 2022, a follow-on exercise to Cascadia Rising (2016). The EmComm Apprentice Track consists of the following classes which will help the new amateur operator understand both basics of amateur radio equipment and operation, and how that knowledge and those skills contribute to supporting community and government entities in times of disaster or emergency:

 

TheEmComm Apprentice's Track is both a series of six individual classes, each containing a lot of information, but it is also designed to be a cohesive collective experience offering more than just six classes. For more information on each class, please click on the link below:

EmComm Basics

Instructional Track:

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Instructional Track Key:

- Track #1 - Emergency Management, Leadership Topics
- Track #2 - Advanced Technical Classes
- Track #3 - Practical Communications Techniques, Applications, etc.
- Track #4 - Basic Introductory Classes, Beginner's Track, Radio Basics
- Track #5 - Digital Communications Classes
- Track #6 - Optional classes and demonstrations

*Note: Some classes fit into multiple Instructional Tracks

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