TO: ALL WOOD COUNTY EMERGENCY COMMUNICATIONS AMATEURS
ALL NON-WOOD COUNTY EMERGENCY COMMUNICATIONS AMATEURS
FROM: KEN HARRIS WA8LLM
WOOD COUNTY EMERGENCY COMMUNICATIONS INCORPORATED
WOOD COUNTY BULLETIN NR 14.47 DATE: November 23, 2014
SUBJECT: WHAT IS TRAINING?
Training is something that is needed on a continuing basis, even though you think you have it right, things may have changed to a better way since the last time you did it. In a training event a few years back it was apparent that a lot more training needed to be done. Everyone involved with an event should have been an expert in some part of the entire operation, whether it is installing HF antennas, laying out cables, or installing codeless phones for the telephone system, being the telephone operator, a Packet or Voice Radio operator on both HF and VHF/UHF, a Net Control Station operator, or just a go-fer for those who have the experience to do any the work that needs to be done.
An actual event IS NOT to time to get your training, by then it may be too late. Training needs to be held when there's plenty of time to explain what needs to be done, how to do it, and if it can't be done one way, then make it work another.
Sometimes things move fast, and a lot of training experience needs to be used. If you have trained on different activities several times it just starts to become natural, and things just seem to fall in place. In a real event everything can't be done exactly as in training, but by doing it often enough, you're bound to find a way to make it work.
Take advantage of any training you can get. Always participate in discussions and other activities during training, sometimes the instructors learn as much as the students. Some day you may want to pass on to others what you have learned.
Ken Harris WA8LLM
Wood County WV