I've participated in several exercises this year:
- Meals on Wheels Bike Race
- NC State Emergency Drill - Part I
- Carrier Park Demostration
- Hot Doggett Bike Race
- Blue Ridge Breakaway Bike Race
- NC Special Event Station
- Asheville Citizen-Times Marathon
- Shut-in Trail run
- NC State Emergency Drill - Part II
Both of those courses will then allow me to advance my radio training spanning the Amateur realm to the semi-professional realm with the ComT (Communications Technician) and ComL (Communications Leader) courses.
During the summer I've helped in getting a Skywarn group that is based in Buncombe County started. In the past Skywarn while it had a presence in Buncombe County it was not based here and as a result had several issues in its practicality and functionality. However since forming the new local group there has been a distinct lack of weather to report. While not entirely bad in itself ... it has allowed a slower approach to getting some training done within the membership and getting the membership comfortable with what it is we are requested to do. The Carolina Mountain Area Skywarn - WX4CMA group will have some big responsibilities if certain agreements / arrangements come to be.
Winter of 2013 - 2014 will also be busy, I've developed some exercises and training I would like to see done with ARES, there are some holes in the information that exists and that needs to be fixed. Before we can assist any one agency we need to know what we are able to do. Part of this training will be tied to the Mission Winlink System as it should be coming on line over the winter.
I am thinking that winter will be a good growth period for the ARES group and hopefully it will be educational and fun.