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ALAMANCE COUNTY NORTH CAROLINA • ARES
Alamance County ARES:
ARES® is the “Amateur Radio Emergency Service.”
- 1.1: The Alamance County Amateur Radio Emergency Service
(ARES) is composed of FCC-licensed Amateur Radio operators
who have voluntarily registered their capabilities and
equipment for public service communications duty.
- 1.2: Under Federal regulations, Amateur Radio public
service communications are furnished without compensation
of any kind.
- 1.3: Alamance County ARES functions under this Emergency
Plan under the direction of the Alamance County ARES
Emergency Coordinator (EC), who is appointed by the ARRL
North Carolina Section ARES Emergency Coordinator in
consultation with the NC ARES Area 10 District Emergency
- 1.4: The EC may appoint assistant ECs as needed for the
ARES to function efficiently.
- 2.1: The purpose of this plan is to provide a written
guide containing the minimum information that would be
needed in an emergency. Each emergency is different, and
flexibility to provide an adequate response to each is a
- 2.2: The primary responsibility of Alamance County ARES
is to furnish communications in the event of a disaster,
when regular communications fail or are inadequate.
- 2.3: All drills, training and instruction shall be
carried out to ensure readiness to respond quickly in
providing effective amateur emergency communications
whenever an occasion may arise.
- 2.4: The following agencies could be served during a
communications emergency: Alamance County Chapter,
American Red Cross; Alamance Regional Medical Center;
Civil Preparedness; Emergency Management; Fire Department;
Police Department; National Weather Service; and any other
agencies requesting assistance from the ARES.
3. Activating the Plan:
- 3.1: In an emergency in which Amateur Radio might serve
the community, Amateur Radio operators may be alerted by
any city, county, Red Cross, Civil Preparedness, or
similar by contacting an ARES member, preferably starting
with one of the ARES oociers listed in Section 8 below, or on the
AUXCOM roster and furnished to each agency.
- 3.2: Any member of the Alamance County ARES who, for any
reason, suspects a communications emergency exists should
monitor the assigned net frequency for activity.
- 3.3: If local telephone service is available, the EC
and/or assistant ECs should be notified by telephone.
4. Mobilization Procedure:
- 4.1: If telephone service is available, the telephone tree
maintained by the ARES officers is activated.
- 4.2: Upon the awareness or notification that a
communications emergency exists, members of the Alamance
County ARES will call in to the Alamance County Emergency
Net on the 146.67 MHz repeater.
- If additional nets must be established or if the 146.67
MHz repeater is not in service, the 443.600 MHz repeater will be
used (activated with a 123.0 Hz tone). 146.55 MHz simplex will be used where appropriate.
- 4.3: Mobile units and portable field command post
stations are activated and dispatched.
- 4.4: An EC will assume Net Control or delegate another
station as Net Control Station (NCS). Control will be from
the Burlington Police Department Emergency Operations
Center (EOC) or other designated control station location,
such as a mobile command post.
- 4.5: The NCS is designated as a "Key Station" and will
be extensively used during a communications emergency. Key
Stations should have emergency power capability, if
possible, with relief operators assigned to ensure
continuous operation during all phases of an emergency.
5. Duties of Net Control Stations:
- 5.1: The Alamance County Emergency Net will be called to order by the NCS.
- 5.2: Members of the Alamance County ARES are checked into the net from their mobiles and home stations to await further instructions.
- 5.3: Liaison stations to the following nets will be
assigned, as necessary:
- Tar Heel Emergency Net, 3,923 kHz
- Triad ARES Net, 145.25 MHz
- Piedmont Coastal Traffic Net, 146.88 MHz
- 5.4: Mobiles and portable field stations are dispatched as needed to their assigned locations.
- 6.1: All written third party messages must be in standard ARRL form.
- 6.2: All standard format messages must be signed by the official who originates them, with his/her title, taking responsibility for their contents.
- 6.3: Message precedences of EMERGENCY, PRIORITY, WELFARE, and ROUTINE, as defined on ARRL Form FSD-3, shall be used on all standard format messages.
- 6.4: Tactical information (such as damage reports) originated by Amateur Radio operators shall be recorded by the receiving station in a tactical message format.
- 6.5: Nets shall operate as directed nets using standard procedures and North Carolina Section guidelines. Station-to-station transmissions are conducted only upon the direction of the NCS, or if a station has EMERGENCY traffic.
7. Drills, Tests and Alerts:
- 7.1 An annual test will be conducted in October in conjunction with the nationwide ARRL Simulated Emergency Test.
- 7.2 Alamance County ARES will regularly supply public safety communications in conjunction with local events, to test the effectiveness of the operation.
- 7.3. At the discretion of the EC, Alamance County ARES may be activated unannounced via the telephone tree one or more times per year.
- 7.4. Periodic ARES meetings will be held for the purposes of training members on policy, communications techniques, or served agency needs.
8. ARES Officers:
- N4TAB Brown, Tom - NC ARES Emergency Coordinator
- K4WEB Misel, Stephen - NC ARES Central Branch Assistant Emergency Coordinator
- N4MIO Ayers, Dwayne - NC ARES Area 10 District Emergency Coordinator
- KF4VTT Fleming, Doug - Alamance County ARES Emergency Coordinator
- W4VU Parks, Dave - Alamance County ARES Assistant Emergency Coordinator
- KE4KSJ Maynard, John - Alamance County ARES Assistant Emergency Coordinator
- KJ4UBL Tate, Christopher - Alamance County ARES Public Information Officer
Click on an officer’s callsign to view his “qrz.com” data. If
next to a
name, you can send that officer email in the format of
- Meeting dates, times and locations will be as announced.
- Alamance ARES Weekly Net:
Tuesdays at 2000L (8:00PM)
K4EG 146.670 MHz Repeater
- Tar Heel Emergency Net (THEN):
Nightly at 1930L (7:30PM)
3,923 kHz (LSB)
11. Alamance County ARES Documents
- Alamance County ARES Script
- Communications Availability Worksheet (ICS 217A)
- Incident Radio Communications Plan (205 ISC)
If you volunteer with Alamance County ARES, please take the Federal course on the Introduction to the National Incident Management System.
Individual Course can be found here:
Contact us at “firstname.lastname@example.org”
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Last updated July 27th, 2015
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