Reporting Volunteer Hours

The hours you give and the mileage your drive as a Centralia Amateur Radio Emergency Services volunteer are important. As the Emergency Coordinator (EC) I must record and forward these numbers to both the City of Centralia and to the ARRL Section Manager via the district three emergency coordinator (DEC).

It is very easy to report these hours but it helps to understand what you may count towards the total hours you have provided. Hours are divided into three categories:

  • Training sessions, drills and miscellaneous amateur radio hours
  • Public service event hours
  • Emergency operation hours

Training sessions, drills and miscellaneous amateur radio hours:

These hours include the time you attend meetings or any training situations which include drills. It also includes time studying for a license, spent expanding your radio knowledge, traveling to hamfests or radio stores, working on an antenna or improving your go-bag. Basically anything related to amateur radio that is not a public service event or an emergency operations. Round up to the nearest hour. Any net you check into is given 30 minutes even if you only spend 10 actual minutes checking in.

Public service event hours:

These hours include time spent at any community event such as Summerfest, Touch-A-Truck, National Night Out Against Crime, etc. Again, round up to the nearest hour.

Emergency operations hours:

These hours include only the time spent during an actual call out situation for a disaster or other emergency situation.

Mileage:  Include all mileage, portal to portal, and again round up to the nearest mile.

I need your information prior to the 24th of each month. Send it to Times and mileage don’t have to be exact. Simply give me your best estimate.