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Collin County ARES - Amateurs working together to serve their community.
2014 Skywarn Training is January 18, 2014

The annual Skywarn Training event will be held on January 18, 2014 at the Collin College Preston Ridge Conference Center located at 9700 Wade Boulevard, Frisco, TX 75305.

The agenda is:

8:00 - 8:30 Sign in/Exhibits
8:30 - 8:35 Welcome
8:35 - 9:00 Collin ARES/Spotter Operations
9:00 - 11:00 Basic Spotter Talk (built in break)
11:00 - 11:30 WFAA—Channel 8
11:30 - 12:45 Lunch on your own
12:45 - 1:45 Mark Bethany – School Preparedness
1:45 - 3:00 Advanced Spotter Talk
3:00 – 3:15 Break
3:15 - 4:30 Radar Interpretation

For more information, please contact Collin.TX.ARES@gmail.com

To pre-register, please visit http://tinyurl.com/Collin-Skywarn-2014

For a PDF copy of the 2014 Skywarn Training flyer, please download the 2014 skywarn schedule flyer

Hazmat Identification class

Hazmat Identification class is hosted by the Collin County Medical Reserve Corps, but you do NOT have to be a member.

For more information or to register, go to


Site Update 4-13-2013

Hey everyone, Just letting you know I will be performing an update to the server software today at about 1230 PST (1430 CST). If you experience any problems with connecting this is why. the update shouldn't be long but will preempt connections.


*UPDATE* Maintenence is now complete. If you experience any problems please let me know.

*Update 2* it seems the new software is doing its job. Per our statistics, we are still experiencing high traffic attempting to log into the site, yet these attempts are being blocked. So for now we should be secure.

Have a good day!



Echolink related to Skywarn activities

Echolink and Skywarn nets...

As most of you know the Plano Amateur Radio Club has incorporated Echolink onto their 147.18 repeater.

It is our intent to take advantage of this feature during our Skywarn nets but only to a limited extent. During Skywarn nets Echolink will be available to the NWS so that if there are times that they can not reach us over RF, they have the option of using Echolink to not only monitor our nets but when needed, be able to pass important timely weather related information to the net.

We ask that members not use this feature during CCARES nets to check-in or make reports.

It is our intent to keep all check-ins and reports as they have been in the past.? Members can use Echolink to monitor the net but...please no comments via Echolink. There are delay characterics within Echolink that would make using it rather difficult as a general rule.? Folks trying to get in from Echolink can unknowingly? "double" with those getting in using RF.

At any time we can disable Echolink during our nets if it becomes an issue.? We may at a later time decide to expand the use of this mode but for now please observe our present posture.?





Collin County SKYWARN Training 2013

The 2013 Collin County SKYWARN training session will be held on January 19th, 2013.

Registration begins at 8:00am and the program will run from 8:30am until 4:30pm (subject to change).

There is a new location for 2013

Collin College
Preston Ridge Campus
Conference Center
9700 Wade Boulevard
Frisco, TX ? 75035

Registration is not required, but encouraged to allow us an opportunity to understand our audience and to help verify your attendance as needed.


You may find the flyer here for more info:


See you there!

Official CCARES Shirts


It is my pleasure to announce the availability of official CCARES shirts to our members beginning this coming Monday evening at the PARK meeting.

It is our desire to present ourselves as profession, trained communicators.? These shirts are intended to clearly identify our members during activations.? It is intended that the CCARES patch, your name and call sign be the only markings.

You can order your shirt by downloading the order form in the download section of this web site.

Follow the instructions and present your order form to our representative at the PARK or MARC meetings. Chadwick, KD5UMO will be our PARK rep. and Rick, W5TUX will be our rep at the MARC meetings.

My thanks go to Chadwick for the amount of time and effort he put into making this happen.

As usual, if you have any questions just drop me a line.





Major changes to Winlink 2000

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Major changes to Winlink 2000 User Software and network sites. (again)

Winlink 2000 Sysops have been working for several months on improving the software used with this mode. Changes and Beta testing have been extensive. We are now at the point of migrating over to the new software programs that are being released.

Here is a quick summary:

  • Paclink MP and Paclink are being replaced with RMS Express.
  • Telpac Node software has been replaced with RMS Packet software.
  • Our local PMBO station is converting to running RMS Packet software with RMS Relay.

Our local PMBO and our Telpac Nodes have been converted to the new software. At this point all indications are that these changes have gone smoothly and basically our network is up and running. I appreciate the efforts of those involved.

Those of you that have installed and used Paclink MP or Packet are encouraged to change over to RMS Express. Instructions for downloading and installing RMS Express are obtained by going to Winlink.org web site. Documentation is well done and easy to follow. You will find that this new upgrade is much easier to install and use. Of course if you have any questions please don?t hesitate to ask. Copies of the software are not going to be provided on our Yahoo site or Collinares web site because updates are ongoing and automatic once the new software is installed.

Members who have not gotten on board with this mode, now is a great time.

I wish to take this opportunity to thank those members in our group who have supported this important segment of our emergency communications capabilities by providing net work stations that are available 24/7, ready to go into action if ever the need arises.

I would encourage others to become a part of this effort. Please contact me at any time.




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