|What is ARES? What do they do?
|The Raleigh County Amateur Radio
Emergency Service (ARES)
net meets regularly each Tuesday evening at 8:15PM on the 145.370-(100.0)
WV8BD Repeater and Thuresday evening at 8:15 PM on the 147.360+(123.0)
N8FWL repeater. The ARES Net
generally lasts for no longer than 15 minutes, and of course in the
routine nets, there's nothing that says you must 'stay tuned' until the
net closes! The routine ARES nets
are usually somewhat tailored to practice SKYWARN
The most important thing to do is LISTEN to the Net Control Station (NCS)! The NCS directs the net in a manner subject to the type of net and other circumstances. A good NCS will tell you exactly what they expect of you. PAY ATTENTION! The ARES nets are usually called 'directed' nets, meaning that after you check-in, you shouldn't transmit unless necessary, and you need to have the permission of Net Control before you contact other stations on the frequency.
When I have run ARES & SKYWARN nets, I broadcast specific instructions on how I would like people to check in. This isn't done to be domineering, it is done for purposes of brevity and convenience.
As I've previously stated, the most important thing to do is follow the exact instructions of the Net Control Station. Under normal circumstances, here's exactly what I ask for from stations wishing to check-in to the ARES Nets:
In an emergency ARES or SKYWARN activation in Raleigh County, we will operate on one of the these repeaters:
146.550 Mcs simplex (Nationally reconized SKYWARN frequency) could also be utilized, as could other frequencies and repeater assets, if necessary.
During emergency situations, we try to have several 'key' stations on the air. One would be designated as the NCS. One would be designated as a liason station. Others might include an operator at the Raleigh County Emergency Operations Center (EOC). It is a good practice to not-to-have the NCS at the EOC due to a possible constant audiable noise interference.
If you have any questions, be
sure to check-into the ARES net
(& state "TRAFFIC"!), contact the NCS after the net, or call our
Emergency Coordinator (EC) -- ______________________,
______ -- during business hours at ___ ___ ____
ARES Manual - PDF
|Edgar McKinney, KB8QEU|