---Cary Mangum, W6WWW
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There are times that an inventory of RACES member skills can be helpful to the Radio Officer. Here are the skill codes we have developed for our communications volunteers in government service:
A Administration: supervision, management or administrative assistant C Consultant, technician, engineer, installer, sysop or remote sysop D Digital and/or computer, including disc preparation F Field responder G Go-fer, Messenger H OES Headquarters operating experience L Liaison, as with CAP, MARS, Highway Patrol, State Police, Forestry, others... N Net Control Experience on HF P Photographer R Radio Officer S Secretarial, clerical T ATV and or related video skills V VIP enrolled and trained in CDF VIP amateur radio unit W Work party and/or tower climbing Z Commercial type Drivers License
The data came from an enrollment form which lists interest areas ranging from 1 to 10. They are sorted on the computer into meaningful rosters. Letter designators are used as members have multiple skills or areas of interest. This assures the interests of each individual is met, as well as provides a quick reference. In a recent situation heavy-rig drivers were needed in the fire division of OES. A quick check of the RACES roster found three such drivers. Two were contacted, and assigned to the fire division. While that was not a radio operation, they filled a need that utilized their skills and were pleased to be called for their assignment. That this occurred was due to the interest and skill of a RACES Coordinator who involves RACES members in any conceivable situation that their skills can be effectively utilized. While this may not be applicable to your situation, use it as an idea and create your own!
---Cary Mangum, W6WWW
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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