7. AuxCom course May 2015

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security Office of Emergency Communications (OEC) will once again offer their Auxiliary Communications, or AuxComm course, in conjunction with Hamvention® 2015. Registration for this intensive three days of emergency communications training opened on February 1st and closes on May 1st or whenever the class fills, whichever comes first. The actual training is held somewhere in the greater Dayton area in the days just prior to Hamvention®.

Just who is qualified to take the AuxComm course? The first 50 applicants who submit copies of the following documents electronically to COMU@hq.dhs.gov : A valid and current Federal Communications Commission Amateur Radio Service license, and certificates of completion for each of the following Emergency Management Institute Independent Study Courses: IS-100b, IS-200b, IS-700a and IS-800b. These can be found at training.fema.gov/is/.

AuxComm classes can fill up rapidly. Mine drew students from as far away as Guam, which is as far away as you can get and still be on US territory! For further information on this AuxComm offering see the Hamvention® website at hamvention.org .