The Southern California Intermountain Repeater Association, Inc.

2017 ERC Conference Resources:

ERC Conference Information

2016 ERC Conference Resources:

ERC Conference Information
EComm Reporting - Craig Holmes, SCIRA President, KF6ZAF
WinLink - Michael McDonald, SCIRA Board Secretary, KC7YSW
Echolink - Dale Hanks, Scira Board Member, N6NNW
Chirp CSV file - Michael McDonald, SCIRA Board Secretary, KC7YSW


2015 ERC Conference Resources:

ERC Conference Information
EComm Reporting - Craig Holmes, SCIRA President, KF6ZAF
SCIRA Welcome - Jim Dowdle, SCIRA Vice President, KG6TQT
Radio Go-Kits & Portable Stations - Rob Foth, KE6YGF
Easy Antenna Designs - Michael McDonald, SCIRA Board Secretary, KC7YSW


Forms every member of ERC should have:

Download ERC_Message_Form_Rev3.5 (revised Oct 2012) -->Click Here

Download a Sample of Message Form 3.2 Filled out and ready to be transmitted --> Click Here

Download ERC_Message_Log_Rev3.0 --> Click Here

Download ERC_Household_Survey_Rev1.0 --> Click Here

Every presiding leader should be prepared to report the following information:

SHAKE OUT QUESTION from ERC Reps:  We have a question regarding the form we should use. The past few years we have used the "Stakes by Storehouse Region Master Disaster Report" for this drill. This year we received that same form, plus the "ERC_Message_Form_Rev3.2.pdf" Information is pretty much the same, with more info on the ERC Message form. Do you have a preference on which form our wards and stake use for this drill? If we use the ERC Message form, should we report information only in the bold-lined boxes (1,2,3,8,9,10,12,13) or do you want all lines of information?

ANSWER:  The Colton ERC Command Center at the Colton Storehouse will be standing by and taking radio traffic and writing down information directly on to the ERC_Message_Form_Rev3.2.pdf.  For this exercise we request only the Quick Report items (1,2,3,8,9,10,12,13).  Colton ERC Staff will then take the information from the message forms and compile it onto the "Stakes by Storehouse Region Master Disaster Report" for later transmission via HF Radio to ERC Headquarters in SLC.

We recommend that ERC Reps become accustomed to using the message form rather than just the large disaster report.  As you can imagine, trying to compress detail onto the long list of Units will become impossible and reports will get confused and mixed up.  The message form has the necessary room to take information on the fly.  The large disaster report is simply a means of giving a quick look at the extent of damages over our large Southern California Area.  Areas hardest hit will be easy to see.  Priesthood leaders who will have to make quick decisions will be able to see a Quick Snap Shot of what's going on and which Units have been impacted the most.

We further recommend that both Stake and Ward ERC reps print out multiple copies of the message form so that they can pass inner Stake / Ward traffic clearly.  It's not necessary to fill in each box every time.  Let the form be a tool to help ERC volunteers remember what kind of information might be important to collect.  We all don't know how we will react during a very stressful event.  Sometimes a form can aid in organizing a stressed person's mind and help them function.

We hope this helps answer some of the questions that have been going around

How to Contact Church Headquarters to Report an Emergency:

METHOD OF CONTACT (In order of effectiveness):
  • TELEPHONE - Use direct telephone contact whenever possible.
  • RADIO TO TELEPHONE - Use an amateur radio operator or other means to contact anyone who has a working telephone and is willing to deliver a message by telephone to Church Headquarters.  The notification message should include:
    • A brief description of the emergency.
    • How to contact the reporting leader (Frequency and call sign if using amateur radio).
    • Alternate contact information in case first contact fails.
  • RADIO TO RADIO (Amateur Radio): - This works only when Church headquarters is aware of the emergency and is listening on a pre-established frequency.

2014 ERC Conference Resources:

EComm Reporting - Mike McDonald, KC7YSW, SCIRA Board Secretary
Winlink - Jared Case, KD6YPD, SCIRA Board Repeater Chair
NBEAMS Training - Dale Hanks, N6NNW, SCIRA Board Member-at-Large
Go Bag - Jim Glancy, W6MLO, LA Storehouse


2012 ERC Conference Resources:

Care & Feeding of Batteries - Jim Glancy [PDF]
Winlink - Kevin Balmforth [PDF]
Psychological First Aid (PFA) Syllabus - Lynette J. McDonald [PDF]
Psychological First Aid (PFA) Presentation - Lynette J. McDonald [PDF]


ERC Conference Downloads 2011:

Doug Reneer - Helpful Downloads 
Disaster Psychology - Todd Huisken
Backup Power - Jim Glancy
NVIS - Cliff Guice 
Roadside NVIS
NVIS Handout


ERC Conference Downloads 2010:

Personal Go Kit - Ham Operator
Battery Backup
What is NVIS?
Portable Stations
EASY HF Digital PSK31 Rx/Tx and other Digital Communications Setup using a Mac Computer


Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is ERC?

A: Emergency Radio Communications

ERC is the organization that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints uses for emergency communication between Church Headquarters in Salt Lake City and the various Stake leaders. The organization involves Stake Emergency Communications Specialists in a specific region having the ability to communicate emergency traffic to a regional station which maintains the necessary equipment and operators to communicate with the Stake officers as well as other regional stations and possibly Church Headquarters in Salt Lake City.


Q: I am a new Stake Emergency Communications Specialist. How can SCIRA help me?

A: SCIRA holds weekly nets each Sunday night. Visitors are welcome to check-in after the regular roll call.

Repeaters (Radio linked):

Eagle Tower Repeater (445.700 MHz (-) pl 151.4)

Pleasants Peak Repeater  (445.940 MHz (-) pl 151.4)

Snow Peak Repeater  (445.160 MHz (-) pl 67.0)

For those outside the coverage areas, W6CTR-R is up and running on Echolink.

Nets Schedule:

1st Sunday @ 9:00 PM – Repeater / Voice

2nd Sunday @ 9:00 PM – Repeater / Voice & Digital Net via Winlink & Cell test text msg

3rd Sunday @ 9:00 PM – Repeater / Voice

4th Sunday @ 9:00 PM – 445.160 MHz Simplex Primary 146.910 Secondary Simplex Frequency

5th Sunday @ 9:00 PM – Repeater / Voice

Weekly Thursday @ 8:00 PM - HF Voice 3.882 MHz LSB

We also offer a forum to share information among other local communications specialists on best practices. In all cases, your local unit authorities will have the final decision on policies, our resources are offered as optional additional support.


Q: My Stake doesn't have an Emergency Communications Plan. How can we start?

A: Contact your local unit leaders and tell them you would like to become involved in Emergency Radio Communications and the ERC. Tell them about SCIRA and this web site and the resources that are available here. Follow their guidance and counsel.



Radio Manual Downloads:

Alinco DR-435 Mk III

FT-60R

FT-920

FT-7800R

FT-7900R

TK-780/880

TM-D710A

VX-920