I was planning to spend this week reviewing a few of this year’s past programs, but last week the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Emergency Communications screwed me up by releasing version 1.0 of their Auxiliary Communications Field Operations Guide, or AUXFOG.

The AUXFOG is 144 pages of information useful to FCC Part 95, Personal Radio Service and Part 97, Amateur Radio Service and other radio operators who are prepared to work within the National Incident Management System, or NIMS, during significant preplanned or emergency events.

The body of the AUXFOG consists of just three small chapters for a total of 14 pages.  The bulk of the document is consists of twelve appendices with tons of interesting information.  My favorite was Appendix K, the website listings, but all are useful.

Since this is version 1.0, expect a few boo-boos.  I’ve already caught one in the Appendix C under the amateur radio band listings.  To download your very own copy of AUXFOG version 1.0, go to http://www.publicsafetytools.info/ .