ARES Acronymns and Chain of Command

by Bryan, KØEMT

The chain of command is: ARRL HQ, SM, SEC, DEC, EC, AEC, member.

ARRL = Amateur Radio Relay League
ARES = Amateur Radio Emergency Service
NTS  = National Traffic System
       (We use this system to get messages aka Formal Traffic around 
        the US/world.)

ARES and NTS are the two field branches of the ARRL for 
Emergency Communications and formal traffic.

SM is Section Manager, the ARRL manager for the section.
In our case the section is the whole state of Missouri.
Dale, K0KY is our SM.

SEC is the State Emergency Coordinator which is Don, KM0R.
The SEC is in charge of coordinating the ARES program for the state.

DEC's are the District Emergency Coordinator's.
Our districts are the same as the Highway Patrols "Troops."
So we are in District F.  Dale, AE0S is our DEC.

EC's are the County Emergency Coordinator's.
K0EMT, Bryan is the EC for Moniteau County.

AEC's are the Assistant EC's and help the EC's.
More than one AEC may be utilized for different duties or geographic areas.
AA0ZC, John is the AEC for Moniteau County.

DCC = Digital Communications Coordinator, Joe, K0OG OES = Official Emergency Station, means they have taken extra steps to be prepared for emergency situations including back up power. ORS = Official Relay Station - a liason to the NTS PIO = Public Information Officer OO = Official Observer, they report and help to correct operating and procedural errors as well as intruders before an FCC citation is issued. If the station that is in error fails to correct the problem, the OO works through the ARRL to document the issue for the FCC. OO's are usually adept at RF direction finding techniques. MCAN = Moniteau County ARES NET MON = MissOuri Net (Twice Daily CW NTS Net) MOTRAN= Missouri TRAffic Net (Daily Phone NTS Net) MESN = Missouri Emergency Service Net, Sunday nights after MOTRAN MESDN = Missouri Emergency Service Digital Net, Sunday nights after MESN
ICS = Incident Command System ICMS= Incident Command Management System, a superset of ICS EOC = Emergency Operations Center EMA = Emergency Management Agency EMD = Emergency Management Director, Kurt, KB0HNR NCS = Net Control Station NWS = National Weather Service WX = Weather SVR WX = Severe Weather ARECC = Amateur Radio Emergency Communications Course EmComm = Emergency Communications
Common "Q Codes" have their origins in CW QSY = Change Frequency QSL = Acknowledge, I understand (can be used as a question, QSL?) QRZ? = Who is calling me? Or, what's your callsign? QTH = Location, usually refers to home, "my QTH" QRT = Going off the air QSB = fading on signal QRM = man made interference (possibly from doubling, or jammer, etc.) QRN = naturual interference (lightning or band conditions) QST = Calling all amateur radio operators
If there is any acronym that you may have heard and not understood, drop me a line and I'll do my best to look it up for you. 73, Bryan - k0emt