Category Archives: ARES Activities

ARES MEETING 8-10-17

Just a friendly reminder that the ARES meeting is Thursday, 8-10-17 at 7 p.m. at the EOC on N. Highland Street in Gastonia.

We will be discussing the recent FEMA SET and also learn all about the Yaesu FTDX-1200 HF radio.

If you are an amateur radio operator or, you have technical bent and a heart for public service, please consider joining ARES! You can serve the community in a marvelous way by providing emergency communications in times of need.

Hope to see you there!

 

 

REMINDER: ARES/RACES Meeting Thursday, June 8 @ 7 p.m.

 

Another friendly reminder that the ARES/RACES meeting is Thursday night, 6-8-2017, at 7 p.m. held at the Gaston County Emergency Operation Center, 605 N. Highland St. Gastonia, NC. (go around to the back and ask to be let in). It is open to all licensed amateur radio operators who desire to serve the public in times of emergency and need.

We hope to discuss our new DMR repeater, 2017 Field Day,  and practice EmComm digital modes.

Hope to see you there!

73,

Bill Stevenson,

AJ4JZ,

A.R.E.S Simulated Emergency Test 5-23-17

The Gaston County A.R.E.S. is going to conduct a “Simulated Emergency Test” (SET), Tuesday, May 23 at 1400 (2 p.m. local). It will begin on the 147.120 MHz (100 Hz tone) N4GAS repeater and then proceed to other frequencies as Net Control directs. It will include FM repeater work, FM simplex work, D-Star simplex work, DMR repeater work and DMR simplex work.

Headlining this test will be the debut of the ARES station that is a new installation at the City of Gastonia Police Department. We will be testing the station’s reception and capabilities.

This will be a directed formal net. If you would like to participate, please check in with Net Control at 1400 (2 p.m. local) and follow the directions.

73,

Bill Stevenson

AJ4JZ

Gaston County ARES/RACES EC

Reminder: ARES/RACES Meeting Thursday 5/11/17

Another friendly reminder that the ARES/RACES meeting is Thursday night, 5-11-2017, at 7 p.m. held at the Gaston County Emergency Operation Center, 605 N. Highland St. Gastonia, NC. (go around to the back and ask to be let in). It is open to all licensed amateur radio operators who desire to serve the public in times of emergency and need.

We hope to discuss our new DMR repeater and practice EmComm digital modes.

Hope to see you there!

73,

Bill Stevenson,

AJ4JZ,

ARES/RACES Emergency Coordinator

ARES/RACES April Meeting Tomorrow 4/13!!

Another friendly reminder that the ARES/RACES meeting is tomorrow night, 4-13-2017, at 7 p.m. held at the Gaston County Emergency Operation Center, 605 N. Highland St. Gastonia, NC. (go around to the back and ask to be let in).  It is open to all licensed amateur radio operators who desire to serve the public in times of emergency and need. Hope to see you there!

73,

Bill Stevenson,

AJ4JZ,

ARES/RACES Emergency Coordinator

ARES/RACES Meeting 3-9-17

Another friendly reminder that the ARES/RACES meeting is tonight, 3-9-2017, at 7 p.m. held at the Gaston County Emergency Operation Center, 605 N. Highland St. Gastonia, NC. (go around to the back and ask to be let in).  It is open to all licensed amateur radio operators who desire to serve the public in times of emergency and need. Hope to see you there!

73,

Bill Stevenson,

AJ4JZ,

ARES/RACES Emergency Coordinator

ARES/RACES Meeting Tomorrow Night 2-9-17

Just a friendly reminder that the ARES/RACES meeting is tomorrow night, 2-9-2017, at 7 p.m. held at the Gaston County Emergency Operation Center, 605 N. Highland St. Gastonia, NC. (go around to the back and ask to be let in).  It is open to all licensed amateur radio operators who desire to serve the public in times of emergency and need. Hope to see you there!

73,

Bill Stevenson,

AJ4JZ,

ARES/RACES Emergency Coordiator

Winter Field Day Update!

Winter Field Day begins tomorrow, January 28th & 29th!! Here’s some updated info.  We look forward to seeing you tomorrow!

WINTER FIELD DAY:

Date:  Saturday, January 28th  & Sunday, January 29th, 2017 

Time:  10:00 am – SETUP

2:00 pm – ON THE AIR

Place:  1808 Ratchford Dr Dallas NC (across from the 321 Flea Market)

Contact:  NC0G (George Poteat) for more information about the event

Since all of our operations will be conducted inside the club camper/trailer, we will have 2-3 stations running (depending on weather conditions and the number of active operators that sign up).  Ideally, there will be 2 operators per station.  

We will have limited space inside the camper, so I will setup an Operator Schedule on 3 hour increments.  

There will be no need to tow the trailer to a location.  The trailer is already setup in the Poteat field, but help with antenna and rig setup will be needed at 10 am.  Winter Field Day will begin officially at 2 pm on Saturday Jan 28th.

OPERATOR SCHEDULE:

Saturday 2 pm – 5 pm

Saturday 5 pm- 8 pm

Saturday 8 pm – 11 pm

Saturday 11 pmSunday 2 am

Sunday 2 am – 5 am

Sunday 5 am  – 8 am

Sunday 8 am  – 11 am

Sunday 11 am – 2 pm

PLEASE EMAIL WITH YOUR DESIRED STATION TIME

As with all outdoor events, we have to eat well and be comfortable.  NC0G will fire up the smoker and smoke a pork butt and we will get hamburgers and hotdogs grilled on the BBQ.  Below is a list of additional items needed to make this event a success.

SUPPLIES NEEDED:

hotdog buns

hamburger buns

ketchup/mustard/mayo

pickles/onion/tomato

potato salad

fruit salad

specialty side items (cook’s choice)

sodas

sweet tea/unsweetened tea

water/ice

potato chips

dessert (cookies, cake, pie)

plates/plastic ware/cups/napkins

gas for generator

PLEASE EMAIL WITH ANY SUPPLY ITEMS YOU CAN DONATE

Let me know if you have any questions or concerns.

Best Regards,

Annlette Key

KV4WB  ann*lette*key*@*gmail*.*com (omit *)

ARES/RACES Meeting Thursday January 12

Just a reminder that there is an ARES/RACES meeting on Thursday, January 12, 2017 at 7 p.m. at the Gaston County Emergency Operations Center, 615 N. Highland Street, Gastonia, NC.  The meeting is located around the back in the basement, so you will need to proceed behind the building. An amateur radio operator will assist you to enter the building.

We will be discussing this year’s ARES/RACES agenda and practicing our skills on the radio equipment at the EOC.

73,

Bill Stevenson

AJ4JZ,

Gaston Co. ARES/RACES EC

Gaston County ARES Is Now Gaston County ARES/RACES!

There is some good news to share about emergency communications readiness in Gaston County: The Gaston County Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) is now also the Gaston County Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service (RACES)!

So why all the hoopla? ARES is an organization chartered under the auspices of the American Radio Relay League dedicated to providing emergency communications in times of disaster; however, if you read Part 97 of 47 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) (the amateur radio enabling rules) its basis for existence does not specifically spring forth from any particular legal statute or rule. RACES, on the other hand, is a framework for amateur radio operators to respond to civil emergencies- including war-related civil defense- that is authorized by Federal law: 47 CFR Part 97, Sections 97.3 and 97.407.  If the President of the United States were ever to invoke his War Emergency Powers under 47 U.S.C. 606 (the amended version of the Communications Act of 1934), -ONLY- RACES (and MARS) stations would be allowed to transmit on the amateur bands. Even so, RACES members would only be able to operate as directed by the situation commander: be it the local emergency manager, state emergency manager, sheriff, or some other governmental authority. In short, being in RACES is not a blank check to transmit at will in times of RACES activation.

In Gaston County, on November 23, 2016, the ARES organization executed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the Emergency Management Department of Gaston County (GCEMD) that officially brings RACES into existence in Gaston County and defines its purpose and membership. This MOA is official- it is signed by the Assistant County Manager, Bryant Morehead, and recorded by the Clerk of the Board of the Gaston County Commissioners. The MOA is modeled upon the ARRL’s ARES MOA with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

Essentially, the MOA between Gaston County ARES and the Gaston County Emergency Management Department makes all ARES members de facto RACES members. This is important because of the following Federal Rule: “No person may be the control operator of an amateur station transmitting in RACES unless that person holds a FCC-issued amateur operator license and is certified by a civil defense organization as enrolled in that organization. ” 47 CFR 97.407(a). So now, because of the MOA, all Gaston County ARES members are now “certified” and “enrolled”.  As ARES EC, I will provide a list (renewed at least annually, but can be updated at any time) of whom is on the ARES role- and therefore a part of RACES- to Mr. Tommy Almond, the Gaston County Emergency Manager or to a designee of the Gaston County Board of Commissioners.

Now that you have read all the above, it may seem like a bunch of unnecessary legal ease and bologna. Quite the contrary: this turn of events helps to place Gaston County ARES on much better legal footing, both in terms of legitimacy and in its ability to respond to certain types of emergencies. Further, the MOA helps to solidify our relationship with our served agencies, namely government entities that may be called upon to respond to man-made and natural disasters, terrorist attacks and war.

One last item to note: the Gaston County Emergency Manager has the final say who is on the list of members. If anyone becomes a security concern or is otherwise eligible to be excluded by operation of law, then the County Emergency Manager can remove them from the list. And, also, of important note, is that GC RACES will serve in times of disaster “at the will and pleasure” of the County Emergency Manager, and at “his or her direction”.

We have a great foundation for ARES in Gaston County due to the hard work of our members who have in the past laid a solid foundation through building radio infrastructure and relationships with those we would serve. This is a new chapter in the Gaston County ARES, and I look forward to working with everyone as we continue to improve our readiness and relationships with our served agencies, so that if the time should come, we can deliver vital communications in the service of the citizens of Gaston County.

73 de AJ4JZ

Bill Stevenson,

Gaston County ARES EC.

TIS THE SEASON TO BE HUNGRY!!!

Check out our Christmas parties coming soon! ALL HAMS AND THEIR FAMILIES ARE WELCOME TO ATTEND ANY AND ALL PARTIES. Everyone is welcome to enjoy the festivities.
 
**GAARC Christmas Celebration
The Gastonia Area Amateur Radio Club (GAARC) will have their Christmas dinner at Amber Jack’s this year. GOOD FOOD, GOOD PEOPLE, GOOD TIMES!
Date: Thursday, December 1st, 2016
Time: 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Place: Amber Jack Seafood & Steaks Restaurant, 4253 S New Hope Rd, Gastonia, NC 28056
Host: AJ4QJ (Michael Ledford, President)
 
**GCARS CHRISTMAS XTRAVAGANZA!!
The Gaston County Amateur Radio Society (GCARS) is proud to announce we will have our Christmas Party at Be’s Noodles and Bahn Mi. Get ready for a culinary adventure with Vietnamese inspired cuisine. This will be an exclusive private event – the restaurant is opening on a Monday just for our party. The owner is very excited to have us.
There will be GAMES, GIFTS, AND FUN!!
Door prizes
Prize for Best Christmas Attire – this can be socks, ties, shirts, sweaters, hats, anything you have with a Christmas theme
Ham Trivia Games, and more!! Guaranteed fun for all that attend.
Date: Monday, December 5th, 2016
Time: 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Place: Be’s Noodles and Banh Mi, 2524 E Franklin Blvd, Gastonia, NC 28056 (the corner of Cox and Franklin, behind the Walgreens)
Host: KV4WB (Annlette Key, President)
 
**ARES Holiday Potluck Dinner
The Gaston County Amateur Radio Emergency Services (ARES) will be hosting its annual Christmas Party with a covered dish affair. These potluck dinners are always a nice intimate party with delicious side dishes and great people. Bring a dish to share and enjoy the start of the holiday season with ARES. If you are attending, you will need need contact KM4LWL (Chantel Stevenson) to get on the potluck sign-up sheet.
Date: Thursday, December 8th, 2016
Time: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Place: EOC Bldg, 615 N Highland St Gastonia, NC 28052
Host: AJ4JZ (Bill Stevenson, EC)
 
Hope to see you there!!!

Gaston County ARES Meeting 10/13 @ 7 pm!

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The Gaston County Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) meets at 7:00 PM tomorrow, 10/13/16 at the Gaston County Emergency Operations Center, located at 615 N. Highland Street, Gastonia, North Carolina.

The Gaston County ARES is made up of amateur radio operators from around Gaston County who volunteer their time for communications duty in service to the public when emergencies arise, providing vital communications when no others are available. The Gaston County ARES works closely with Gaston County Emergency Management and with several other agencies, (Red Cross, National Weather Service, FEMA, and local government officials) to assure the safety and welfare of the citizens of Gaston County should an emergency occur. Most Gaston County ARES members are FEMA certified for state deployment  and are in the NC AUXCOMM database.

The Gaston County ARES was officially organized in February 2001, with members devoting their time and resources in establishing an organization that would help with local, state and national emergency communications plans.

If you are interested in joining the Gaston County ARES, please contact the Emergency Coordinator, Bill Stevenson, AJ4JZ, by leaving a comment below.