|ARES stands for Amateur Radio Emergency Service and RACES for Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service. Both represent formal, national groups with local chapters. The difference between the two is that participation in ARES is open - any ham can call into ARES nets, while RACES is more formal. You have to apply for RACES membership and swear an oath administered by the local RACES representative.|
Our RACES representative is Carl Zager KB9RVB.
Monroe County Emergency Communication Plan
Working in concert with the Monroe County Emergency Management, BARC has prepared a formal Volunteer Emergency Communications Plan for Monroe County, Indiana. Click on the following link to download the plan.
Volunteer Emergency Communications Plan for Monroe County, Indiana. The following links provide details of the plan.
|Volunteer Emergency Communication Plan||Cover-74||Word 12.1 MB||PDF 1.5 MB|
Individual Components of the plan:
|Cover - Introduction||Cover-8||Word 5.6 MB||PDF 471 KB|
|Mitigation||9-13||Word 371 KB||PDF 267 KB|
|Preparedness||14-22||Word 212 KB||PDF 294 KB|
|Response||23-34||Word 2.9 MB||PDF 509 KB|
|Recovery - Conclusion||35-39||Word 2.8 MB||PDF 301 KB|
|Appendix - MOU/SOU w/ FEMA||40-43||Word 61 KB||PDF 89 KB|
|Appendix - MC EMA RACES||44-50||Word 143 KB||PDF 147 KB|
|Appendix - FCC 47/94 E||51-52||Word 51 KB||PDF 82 KB|
|Appendix - ARES - RACES Application||53-54||Word 121 KB||PDF 117 KB|
|Appendix - SOU w/ Red Cross||55-59||Word 67 KB||PDF 114 KB|
|Appendix - MOU w/ National Weather Service||60-61||Word 53 KB||PDF 75 KB|
|Appendix - MOU w/ Salvation Army||62-63||Word 53 KB||PDF 80 KB|
|Appendix - CIBA Hilly 100||64-68||Word 89 KB||PDF 259 KB|
|Appendix - State Science Olympiad||69-70||Word 50 KB||PDF 97 KB|
|Appendix - ARRL Message Form||71-73||Word 89 KB||PDF 186 KB|
|Appendix - ARES-RACES Asset List||74||Word 63 KB||PDF 59 KB|
IN DHS RACES NetIN DHS RACES runs a directed net on the second Sunday of the month at 2200 UTC to exercise the communications between the county’s EMA and the state EOC over amateur radio. The designated radio operators are encouraged to use any or all of the posted frequencies to test equipment and propagation. Relaying for other counties is encouraged for this net.
Frequencies will be used as a calling frequency in the event of a statewide emergency. Current Frequency: 3.920 MHz.
Any amateur station appropriately licensed and designated by the county’s EMA Director may check in representing that county. Normally a single station represents each county, and often this station is the ARES EC or the RACES Officer of that county, as authorized by the county’s EMA director. Once all counties have been called, NET Control may invite other amateur stations to check in.
3.920 Mhz - LSB
7.290 Mhz - LSB
146.490 Mhz - FM - Simplex
W9WIN system (see http://www.w9win.org for local frequencies)
Other Emergency Service Documents and LinksMonroe County Emergency Management Website
Amateur Radio Emergency Communication
National Traffic System (NTS)
FCC Part 97 Subpart E - Providing Emergency Communications
ARRL-ARES Emergency Coordinator
Amateur Radio Nets Rules of Operation (PDF)
Some Thoughts on Net Participation (PDF)
Skywarn Nets and Local Weather Nets (PDF)
Severe Weather Criteria (PDF)
Net Control Training and Operation: General Background (PDF)
State/National PlansARES Indiana Section Plan
National Emergency Communications Plan (PDF)