Jun 26

Welcome to USCG Auxiliary In Arkansas

This personal website was started upon returning to Arkansas from California. I use it to consolidate a lot of information and links that I use for the US Coast Guard Auxiliary here in Arkansas.  The site includes;

  • Links to Arkansas Flotilla websites
  • Communications Sites
  • Calendar
  • Photos
  • Weather
  • Articles

Members, especially interested in communications, will find articles and training materials especially of interests to them but the site also contains information for boaters.

Welcome to the site.

This is an UNOFFICIAL website. See Disclaimer.

Jul 03

USCG Auxiliary 8 Western Region

This is the region for 8WR District.  Pretty large area to cover.


Jun 27

USCG Radiotelephone Handbook

The USCG Radiotelephone Handbook is now available for public distribution. This is the update 2012 manual.  See the handbook under Articles -> Training – Comms.


This is a valuable reference manual for Auxiliary communicators and watchstanders.

Jun 27

Fill Out A Float Plan

Why prepare a Float Plan?

Why should you take the time to prepare a float plan?  The answer is simple… there are just too many facts that need to be accurately remembered and ultimately conveyed in an emergency situation.  Without a float plan you are counting on someone else, a friend, neighbor, or family member to remember detailed information that rescue personnel need in order to find you.  Information that can make a difference in the outcome.

Who should prepare a float plan?

Don’t think for a minute that this is a device only for those with big expensive boats.  The USCG Float Plan is equally effective for the owner of a 10 foot kayak or flat-bottom skiff as it is for a 48-foot express cruiser, or a 90 foot sport-fishing vessel or luxury yacht.  So, what kind of boaters prepare float plans?

Go to Articles -> Boating -> Float Plan to fill one out or go to here.


*** Be Safe    -   Be Smart ***

Jun 27


As a member of the US Coast Guard Auxiliary in Arkansas can get your own free email address for your office or personal use through this site. Contact me, richard@uscgauxark.org, if interested.

Jun 26


The Coast Guard Auxiliary adopted a new standard for Auxiliary Radio Operators and a new Personnel Qualification Standard (PQS). TCO tasks are essentially “operator” tasks, such as basic radio operation and watch standing.  A member must complete the PQS in order to get authorization for on-air operation.  The PQS is here.


I will be more than happy to mentor any local Auxiliary member in this PQS.

Jun 26

Importance Of Antenna Height

I was interested in what coverage my repeater had when in California.  Using software to predict the range, I did so for 236 feet and then increase the antenna by a few feet and ran the program again.  I found that just a few feet can make a big difference in radio coverage.

See the article Antenna Height Verse Coverage.