star Lomita Station – District 17
Disaster Communications Service


HOW TO JOIN
All licensed Amateur Radio operators are invited to join the Lomita DCS.

If you are not presently licensed the Palos Verdes Radio Club offers classes several times a year at Hess Park in Rancho Palos Verdes. Morse code is no longer required.  You can study on your own and take the license exam.  Exams are given by Volunteer Examiners the last Saturday of every month at the W6TRW Swap Meet.  

Download and fill out the LAC DCS Application Package.  Print it and sign all of the forms.  Get a photocopy of your driver's license and amateur license.

Once you have assembled  the package, contact us at Lomita DCS.  Your application will be reviewed by the DCO and submitted to Staff 11.  Then you will be invited to participate in a half day prospective member class and get a temporary unit identifier.  After the prospective member class you will have your fingerprints taken via Live Scan and go through a background check.  Make sure the Live Scan operator at the Lomita Station uses the DCS Live Scan Request Form.

You will have 6 months to complete the required Incident Command System Courses. They can be completed online and are:

IS-100.b - Introduction to Incident Command System, ICS-100
IS-200.b - ICS for Single Resources and Initial Action Incidents
IS-700.a - National Incident Management System (NIMS) An Introduction
IS-800.b - National Response Framework, An Introduction

Once your ICS course certificates are submitted, the background check results are received and 6 months have elapsed since the Live Scan then you will be issued your full member credentials and become eligible to purchase uniform items.

If you have any questions, don't hesitate to contact Lomita DCS