Our Equine Evac Ham Team Leader is Hap Bullard. His contact info is on the Members Info Page. Please contact Hap for more information if you are interested in becomeing an Equine Evac Ham.
How Hams operate in an emergency
When an event occurs we (Hams) come up on a local repeater, usually W6WLS (147.180 + offset and a PL of 94.8) for us in this county. Just check in and there will be some info exchange going on. If the event is serious enough ARES will set up a resource net and if your services are needed you will be dispatched by this net. The resource net is activated by the ARES district emergency coordinator (DEC) and he or the next in command will be at the Ham station at NETCOMM next to the EOC. When you are dispatched by the resource net you will be given all the info you need as far as where to go what other repeaters will be used and who you need to contact. This net is called a tactical net and this is where you will be working with other Hams related to your mission. When you get on scene, check in on this net and you will be given details and specifics on your mission. In general, Equine Evac will use Family Service radios for short range ;car to car communications and Ham radio for longer simplex traffic and long range repeater communications.
How to Become a Ham
You might check out The American Radio Relay League's web site at arrl.org. They have a series of emergency communications courses on line that are very beneficial for emergency communicators. And you can get any information regarding Ham radio there. Also we have a county ARES web site at http://www.ares.santa-cruz.ca.us/index.html. Other good sites are QRZ.com and EHAM.com. And if you are available on Tuesday evenings there is an ARES net at 1930 hrs on the W6WLS repeater all Hams are welcome and encouraged to check in.
Ham training guides and helpful seb sites
(good for practicing one portion of the exam at a time)