1. How does this club relate to the Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES(R))?
2. How can I get connected and involved?
North Florida Amateur Radio Club (NFARC) was formed in order to better
support the American Radio Relay League ARES(R) mission in Alachua
County, and beyond. We similarly created the Alachua EOC Radio
Club, in furtherance of that same goal.
The ARRL Amateur Radio
Emergency Service (ARES) is a Program of the American Radio Relay
League; it is not a club. Anyone can be involved and a member of
ARES(R). You don't have to be involved with NFARC to serve
admirably and lead within ARES(R).
Because ARES(R) is a
Program, and not a club, it cannot hold an amateur radio license.
Both NFARC and the Alachua EOC Radio Club do meet the FCC
requirements and have trustees allowing club-based amateur radio call
signs (NF4RC and NF4AC respectively) -- which we felt was important for
both voice and data-based emergency communications.
cannot generally acquire liability insurance, which is a problem if you
are doing lots of Exercises, as our group does. NFARC holds
typical ham radio club liability insurance, so we can hold Exercises
and Conferences and provide assurances to venues who allow us to use
Because NFARC generally holds monthly meetings
that do much of ARES(R)-type business, it can get confusing!
However, in a deployment with an agency such as the Alachua County
Emergency Management dept, you are an individual, badged by them,
accountable to them, anyway. They do their checking on potential
volunters as individuals; there is no blanket authorization of this ro
The ARRL ARES(R) Program provides for an
Emergency Coordinator and various Assistant Emergency Coordinators in
most counties, including Alachua County. Many of those leaders
are heavily involved in NFARC -- and perhaps also in other fine local
amateur radio clubs! That's great!
Because we were
established to support the amateur radio emergency service mission (a
founding reason for the FCC Amateur Radio Service, per Part 97.1),
NFARC activities and efforts are in large part directed toward
assisting local volunteers in becoming better trained and better
equipped for that service. However, that is a VERY broad mission!
As a result, we are heavily involved in:
club is a little different. We don't have a "board" and we make
most decisions by an informal consensus. We take a formal
"membership" once a year for documentation purposes, but we don't have
any dues. When we need to fund a project, we just take anonymous
donations. Our Treasurer takes care of the rest. Our goal
is to get as much done, as possible, and you'll find that our meetings
are very, very productive.
- Helping volunteers acquire and advance in FCC Licensure
- Gaining technical expertise in radio and electronics
- Learning federal, state, and local standards for emergency commuications
- Acquiring and improving their own personal radio equipment, with an eye toward deployability
- Reaching out to the community to develop new volunteers in this exciting hobby and valuable public service
group hold several types of meetings, but the principal one is a
monthly training and discussion meeting held on the 2nd Wednesday
evening of each month. This meeting may be in person at the EOC
or at the Alachua County Red Cross, and/or over Zoom at the following
get-together begins at 6:30 PM, and the formal meeting begins at 7PM
and generally goes to 8:30 PM and possibly a bit beyond. If you
need to leave before we quit, no problem! Additional information
about our Zoom connections is provided below.
can also join in on the ARES(R) VHF voice net on the 146.820 K4GNV
repeater hosted by the sister club The Gainesville Amateur Radio
Society, on every Thursday evening at 8 PM -- as a function more
properly of ARES(R) the VHF voice net is attended by members of
multiple local clubs and even persons not part of any club.
We are transitioning to a groups.io forum!! If you need more information, check out our forum:
SERVING IN A DISASTER
Due to State Statutes, your ability to serve is somewhat limited by
whether or not you have had a government background check and received
a county volunteer badge. We heavily encourage ALL our
volunteers to complete our requests for TRAINING and then acquire
county background check and badging. We may certainly be able to
use your skills and assets in a disaster, but holding a county
volunteer badge will make you much more flexible.
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