AUXCOMM Class 20-22 May 2024

An AUXCOMM class will be presented on the three days immediately following Hamvention; that is, on May 20, 21, 22.

Prerequisites are FEMA IS-100, IS-200, IS-700, IS-800.

To register for the class send an email to with the subject line “AUXCOMM Registration” and attach the pdf copies of the FEMA IS-100, IS-200, IS-700, IS-800 certificates.

In the body of the email, include the name of the public safety agency that you are most likely to support with auxiliary communications, your callsign, and a cell phone number.

The class will be held in the city of Beavercreek, six miles west of the Hamvention site.

This class is an affiliated event but is not organized by Hamvention. Do not direct questions to Hamvention or DARA.

If you have questions, contact Bob Baker N8ADO, Greene County ARES Emergency Coordinator at

New ARRL Emergency Communications Courses 1 April 2024

We  will be releasing the first 2 new EmComm courses April 1.  Basic EmComm and Intermediate EmComm will be live in the ARRL Learning Center April 1.  With the new courses being released the legacy courses will be removed April 1.  Anyone who is currently enrolled in EC-001 or EC-016 will need to complete these courses by April 1 to receive credit for them.  We hope to have Advanced EmComm and ARES Leadership courses complete by early summer.
Josh Johnston, KE5MHV
Director of Emergency Management
ARRL  The National Association for Amateur Radio®
225 Main Street, Newington, CT 06111-1400 USA
Tel: (860) 594-0333 FAX: (860) 594-0303

ARRL Emergency Communications Course EC-001 course is back

From Ohio ARES Section Emergency Coordinator Stan Broadway, N8BHL:

Gang, the enclosed news release has the details, but the short version is twofold: the EC-001 course is back on a new hosting system. It appears to be the same course as before.  The good news is in part two: the course is free.

If you have volunteers new to ARES  this is a good basic course for readiness and expectation.  Feel free to pass on this information to your members!

Here is the official release:

EC-001 Launch 2019

ARRL’s Lifelong Learning Department is excited to announce the launch of the recently revised Introduction to Emergency Communications (EC-001) course. As part of this new initiative, the course has been updated, beta-tested by a group of course mentors, and transferred into a new online learning platform.

With the closing of the Connecticut Distance Learning Consortium (CTDLC) in mid-2018, EC-001 lost its virtual home and was taken offline. At that point ARRL’s Emergency Preparedness staff started working with the new Lifelong Learning team to explore short and long-term alternatives for offering the course. After a period of careful evaluation and review, the decision was made to move the course from the previous Moodle platform to a more modern Learning Management System called Canvas, which will be used while the new Lifelong Learning Initiative program is being developed. The EC-001 course will eventually become part of this new, comprehensive online learning environment.

EC-001 is designed to provide basic knowledge and tools for any emergency communications volunteer. We hope this course will be the starting point for you in your service to your community as radio amateurs and inspire you to think outside the box and look at new and useful ways the radio amateur can lend a hand to the public that has given us the trust of our spectrum of skills. With the online format, students can access the course at any time from anywhere during a 9-week period, so you may work according to your own schedule.

“We’re very excited to be able to offer Introduction to Emergency Communications EC-001 once again” states Kris Bickell, ARRL Lifelong Learning Manager. “The Emergency Preparedness staff at ARRL has been incredibly helpful while we’ve worked together to get the course back up and running. And the input from previous EC-001 mentors has been an invaluable part of the testing phase. The timing is right to put the course back online.”

As in the past, students will be able to register and take the course entirely online. The Canvas platform is also mobile-responsive, meaning that students can view the course materials, interact with fellow students, and complete assignments from any mobile device.

Each course will run for nine (9) weeks, with a group of up to 30 students who will be supported by an experienced mentor. There will be no cost for the course, although students must meet certain pre-requisites to be eligible to participate, which are listed on the registration page.

To view the 2019 course schedule and to register: