Terms Used on the ARES Oklahoma Website

Affiliated Club Coordinator (ACC)
Assistant District Emergency Coordinator (ADEC)
The ADEC assists the District Emergency Coordinator in performing their duties at the district level. For further job responsibilities, duties, etc., please refer to these roles and responsibilities.
Assistant Emergency Coordinator (AEC)
The AEC assists the Emergency Coordinator in performing their duties at the county level. For further job responsibilities, duties, etc., please refer to these roles and responsibilities.
Automatic Packet Reporting System
A digital system that transmits and displays data on maps on computer screens. This is highly effective as a parallel to voice circuits.
Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES)
The ARES organization consists of licensed amateur radio operators who have voluntarily registered their qualifications and equipment for communications duty in the public service when disaster strikes. For further information about ARES, please refer to the ARRL.
American Radio Relay League
National Amateur Radio organization dedicated to implementing Part 97 of the FCC regulations.
Assistant Section Emergency Coordinator (ASEC)
The ASEC assists the Section Emergency Coordinator in performing their duties at the section level. For further job responsibilities, duties, etc., please refer to these roles and responsibilities.
Assistant Section Manager (ASM)
Communications Emergency
As defined by the FCC, this occurs when normal communications systems are disrupted in a specified area.
District
A district is a subdivision of a zone which is a subdivision of a section. In the case of the Oklahoma Section, districts are typically two to six counties.
District Emergency Coordinator (DEC)
The ARRL District Emergency Coordinator, is appointed by the SEC to supervise the efforts of local Emergency Coordinators (EC) in the defined district. For further job responsibilities, duties, etc., please refer to these roles and responsibilities.
Emergency Coordinator (EC)
The ARRL Emergency Coordinator, is a key team player in ARES on the local scene. Working with the Section Emergency Coordinator, the DEC, and the Zone ASEC, the EC prepares for and engages in the management of communications needs in disasters. For further job responsibilities, duties, etc., please refer to these roles and responsibilities.
Emergency Manager
City or Borough Emergency Manager or Emergency Management.
Emergency

Any situation which threatens human life or property. The emergency ceases when relief agencies have no further need for our services.

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
See: http://www.fema.gov/
Local Government Liaison (LGL)
LGLs are responsible for monitoring proposals and actions by local government bodies which may affect Amateur Radio. They work with the local PIO to alert area amateurs to problems and opportunities involving local government agencies, and coordinate local responses.
Net – Local
A local net is an event in which amateur radio operators practice communicating in an organized fashion along the lines used by the National Traffic System so that they will be familiar with it, should they be called upon to assist in an emergency.
Net – National Traffic System (NTS)
The National Traffic System plan is a means for systematizing amateur traffic facilities by making a structure available for an integrated traffic facility designed to achieve the utmost in two principal objectives: rapid movement of message traffic from origin to destination, and training amateur operators to handle written traffic and participate in directed nets. For further information, please refer to the ARRL.
Official Emergency Station (OES)
OES appointees are involved in emergency preparedness and operating. Requirements include regular participation in the local Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) drills and tests, emergency nets and, of course, real emergency situations. OES appointees must be able to operate on emergency (battery, for example) power and have at least one- band mobile capability (such as 2-meters).
Official Observer (OO)
Official Observers help amateurs maintain their transmitting equipment and operating procedures in compliance with FCC regulations through an on-the-air monitoring and notification program. The OO may also assist the FCC in serious cases as a member of the Amateur Auxiliary to the FCC’s Field Operations Bureau. Requirements include successful completion of a certification examination and at least a Technician Class license for a minimum of four years.
Official Observer Coordinator (OOC)
Official Relay Station (ORS)
If you handle traffic (ARRL radiograms) regularly on HF and repeater nets, this appointment is for you. Traffic handling is a great way to hone your operating skills and meet new friends. The League was founded in 1914 on the principle of relaying messages via Amateur Radio. Monthly reporting is required.
Public Information Officer (PIO)
PIOs provide local ‘grassroots’ public relations. They give regular and frequent information about amateur activities to the public via the local media, school programs, presentations to civic groups, exhibits, and demonstrations. They also promote the distribution and airing of ARRL public service announcements and other audiovisual material, and public awareness of club recruiting and training activities.
Public Information Coordinator (PIC)
Section
A section is a subdivision of the nation. In the case of the United States of America, divisions are typically states (except for the larger ones, like California, New York, etc.). In the case of Oklahoma, the entire state is one section.
Section Emergency Coordinator (SEC)
The SEC is the Assistant Section Manager for emergency preparedness. The SEC is appointed by the SM to take care of all matters about emergency communications and the Amateur Radio Emergency Service on a section wide basis. The SEC post is one of top importance in the section and the individual appointed to it should devote all possible energy and effort to this one challenging organizational program for Amateur Radio. For further job responsibilities, duties, etc., please refer to these roles and responsibilities.
Section Manager (SM)
Section Traffic Manager (STC)
Technical Coordinator (TC)
Technical Specialist (TS)
The Technical Specialist serves as a technical oracle to local hams and clubs, helping them with technical questions, problems, and radio frequency interference cases. You need not be an electrical engineer, just someone who’s willing to help others enjoy their hobby. TS’s also speak at local ham clubs and conventions.
Zone
A zone is a subdivision of a section. In the case of the Oklahoma Section, there are six zones, each of which is from four to nineteen counties.
Zone Emergency Coordinator (ZEC)
A ZEC assists the Section Emergency Coordinator with their duties at the zone level. For further job responsibilities, duties, etc., please refer to these roles and responsibilities.