|The Comm Room||
One vital task that befalls the telecommunications manager during an emergency is to screen the communications volunteers who respond; especially the intermittent flow of those that come out of the woodwork at such times. It's not that they're not wanted or needed, it's just that their usefulness may be other than what they expect, depending on various factors. During an emergency is NOT the time to train in such things as tactical calls, the agency structure, proper identification, pro-words, net procedures, and other items learned only over time and practice.
CA State OES began the Bulletins in the early 1950's to assist agencies and radio operators to become more familiar with RACES. They were issued periodically until 1985, at which time they began to be issued weekly over voice and digital radio systems of Amateur Radio and in print. Originally intended for California, increased demand, and a 1988 request by the ARRL for national distribution, led to their eventual worldwide distribution.
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