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This document was created and is believed to be current as of May 2015. Mission Statement, A primary responsibility of the Amateur Radio Service as established by Part 97 of the Federal. Communications Commission s regulations is the performance of public service communications for the. general public particularly in times of emergency when normal communications are not available To that. end the Georgia Section Amateur Radio Emergency Service members under the oversight of the American. Radio Relay League will equip themselves and train to provide communications as a direct service to the. general public through government and relief agencies located in Georgia local government jurisdictions the. State of Georgia and Federal Agencies when requested by those agencies. Our Charter, The Amateur Radio Emergency Service ARES consists of licensed amateurs who have voluntarily registered. their qualifications and equipment for communications duty in the public service when disaster strikes Every. licensed amateur regardless of membership in ARRL or any other local or national organization is eligible for. membership in the ARES The only qualification other than possession of an Amateur Radio license is a. sincere desire to serve Because ARES is an amateur service only amateurs are eligible for membership The. possession of emergency powered equipment is desirable but is not a requirement for membership ARRL. Public Service Communications Manual,Emergency Communications Support. Georgia ARES RACES assets are capable of being used in support of Federal State Local Tribal NGO and. private communications infrastructure Our network of repeaters plus stationary portable and mobile stations. back up and augment Public Safety communications during times of disaster emergency or routine response. to risks and hazards throughout Georgia and the region In addition thousands of Federally licensed Amateur. Radio operators stand ready to partner with organizations requiring our services during disasters. We recognize disasters start and end locally To that end we normally partner with County Emergency. Management to augment and back up their communications needs Additionally we partner with Federal. organizations such as the National Weather Service by providing communications from storm spotters back to. NWS forecasters We partner with State organizations such as GEMA GSP GHA and DPH We partner with. private organizations such as the Regional Coordinating Hospitals to provide back up medium distance. communications infrastructure, Our communicators practice and hone emergency operation skills by providing communications for numerous. local events such as parades marathons triathlons bike rides and public service functions Many of our. communicators have received advanced training through programs such as CERT and Skywarn Many of our. communicators have completed the foundation Incident Command courses of ICS 100 200 700 and 800. The additional training helps ARES RACES better serve the emergency management community in times of. Standards of Operation, In the interest of a State wide standard of operations Georgia ARES RACES has established several protocols.
and recommended several capabilities that local and regional ARES RACES members are encouraged to. adopt These protocols extend to member s home stations local EOCs and to the State Operations Center. The capability embraces the ability to operate over HF VHF and UHF frequencies using both analog and. digital modes of operation on either commercial or emergency power Portable or mobile operation is highly. encouraged through the installation of equipment in member s vehicles as well as in mobile communications. vehicles MCVs and trailers, While analog communications has long been the staple of Ham emergency operations the addition of digital. modes such as APRS D Star Winlink FLDigi and D rats is highly encouraged for all Georgia emergency. communicators This is not meant to overlook the oldest digital mode CW Morse code We further. encourage partnering with various government non government and private organizations to facilitate the. installation of Amateur Radio equipment to support emergency communication with that particular agency. To this end we have been very successful partnering with Organizations such as the National Weather Service. Georgia Public Broadcasting Georgia Regional Coordinating Hospitals GEMA MARS and Local Emergency. Management,Definitions, D STAR Digital Smart Technologies for Amateur Radio is a digital voice and data protocol for Amateur Radio. Winlink is a worldwide radio messaging system that uses either or both internet and Amateur radio. frequencies to communicate data The system provides radio interconnection services including email with. attachments position reporting graphic and text weather bulletins emergency relief communications and. message relay, FLDigi is a computer program intended for Amateur Radio Digital Modes operation using a PC Personal. Computer FLDigi operates in conjunction with a conventional Amateur transceiver and uses the PC sound. card as the main means of input from the radio and output to the radio These are audio frequency signals. The software also controls the radio by means of another connection typically a serial port. FLDigi is multi mode which means that it is able to operate many popular digital modes without switching. programs so you only have one program to learn FLDigi includes all the popular modes such as DominoEX. MFSK16 PSK31 and RTTY, D RATS is a communications tool for D STAR low speed data DV mode It provides. 1 Multi user chat capabilities,2 File transfers,3 Structured data transport forms and.
4 Position tracking and mapping,Statewide Net, Georgia ARES conducts a weekly statewide HF voice net every Sunday evening at 2200 UTC This net is a. formal directed net and is usually on 3 9750 MHz LSB In addition to the voice net there is also a digital. communications net using PSK31 This net is on 3 5830 MHz USB More details of these nets can be found at. www gaares org Click on the frequencies tab,National Traffic System NTS. The National Traffic System NTS is an organized systematic relationship between various Section and. Regional Networks operating in a manor to facilitate the relaying of formal messages throughout North. During Time of Need or during a National or Regional Emergency the NTS Networks would operate. continuously 24 7 until the Emergency has passed, In the absence of message traffic demand The National Traffic System operates on a series of cycles during. the day and evening evening hours Currently two cycles are active with two additional cycles on standby if. needed The cycles operate daily to test the system and insure that message traffic can be passed if needed. and to train operators as to the procedures for relaying message traffic. Currently the two operational cycles are active daily seven days a week as follows. Cycle two 2 begins at 1 00 P M and continues until 4 00 P M or until all message traffic is processed. The cycle begins with a statewide net called the Georgia Traffic Net beginning at 1 00 P M on 7287 5 KHz with. an alternate frequency of 3987 5 KHz The net control station will appoint a representative to forward any out. of state traffic to the Fourth Region Net called 4RN which meets at 1 45 P M on 7243 KHz The 4RN Network. covers the states of Florida Georgia South Carolina North Carolina Virginia and Puerto Rico and the U S. Virgin Islands A volunteer representative will be appointed by the 4RN Net Control to go to the Eastern Area. Net EAN which meets at 2 30 P M also on 7243 KHz EAN covers the entire east coast of the United. States The Eastern Net continues until all message traffic has been cleared Traffic destined for central or. western states are passed along to the Transcontinental Corps for distribution to the appropriate relay. stations A second session of 4RN will meet daily at 3 30 P M to accept messages incoming to the fourth. region to be forwarded to states located within the designated fourth region After all messages have been. processed the Network will close until the next cycle. Cycle four 4 begins at 7 00 P M and continues until 10 30 P M The Georgia State Net GSN is called into. session at 7 00 P M on 3549 KHz and a second session daily at 10 00 P M Representatives are appointed by. GSN to go to 4RN at 7 45 P M relaying out of state traffic as described above 4RN also forwards messages to. the Eastern Area Net at 8 30 P M on 3567 KHz for processing throughout North America also above There. being no further message traffic the system will shut down unless needed. Frequencies in use,3549 KHz Georgia State Net,7287 5 KHz Georgia Traffic Net. 3982 5 KHz Georgia Traffic and Emergency Net,3975 KHz Georgia Single Sideband Net.
3567 KHz Fourth Region Net 4RN,7243 KHz Fourth Region Net 4RN. 7243 KHz Eastern Area Net,7117 KHz 4RN Morse Code Alternate. 3987 5 KHz Georgia Traffic Net Alternate, The other two cycles of the National traffic System are currently inactive pending need. The system can be activated anytime during times of need. Local Nets, Local nets are frequently conducted by Amateur radio operators to pass traffic share ideas extend good will. provide training or as a means to just catch up with other local Hams These nets are frequently conducted. on local or club repeaters and are designed to serve the local Amateur community Local nets are used to. support numerous public service events such as marathons bike races road races parades and triathlons. Local nets are frequently called when severe weather threatens Any reports from these local nets is relayed to. the Skywarn net and passed to the NWS,Skywarn Nets.
Georgia ARES RACES maintains a close working relationship with the National Weather Service NWS. Georgia is unique in that we are served by 6 NWS offices yet only one the Peachtree City office is in the state. ARES maintains a dedicated liaison in the form of a District Emergency Coordinator DEC with each office. The DEC is responsible for assisting each NWS office with promoting the Skywarn program within the counties. served by the respective weather forecast office WFO The following is part of a linked repeater structure. whose role is to pass weather reports to the NWS during activations for severe weather This linked repeater. system has also been used to pass traffic to the American Red Cross headquarters during hurricane. evacuations, Additional information can be found at http www georgiaskywarn com. What follows is a list of the member repeater systems of the Georgia Skywarn linked network. Location Frequency Notes, 444 675 Hub and net control repeater Emergency Power South metro coverage Battery backup at. 77 0 Hz site Also site of AB4KN 2 APRS digi Linked to 444 600 via 220mhz link. Backup Hub and net control remote base repeater Emergency Power Good south metro. 444 600 coverage and down into Cowetta Fayette Henry Spalding and Pike Counties Mobile. Fayetteville, 77hz coverage into parts of north metro Atlanta as well Generator and large UPS battery backup. Backup remote base repeater Covers Fayette Cowetta Spalding and parts of Pike Counties. Peachtree 442 500, Some coverage into the southern metro Atlanta area This repeater is also the NCS repeater. for all public events in PTC where extra communications are requested. Fayetteville 145 210 Hardwired to 444 600 repeater controller Good south metro Atlanta coverage Same site as. 131 8hz 444 600, Madris Links to 444 675 repeater Good south metro coverage.
145 390 110 9, Griffin Links to 444 600 repeater Good south metro coverage. Atlanta Atlanta Radio Club Repeater Good metro coverage Links to 444 675 or 444 600 repeaters. Dalton Links to Jasper 146 805 repeater, 146 805 Links to 444 675 repeater and 444 600 Wide north Georgia coverage Also covers Atlanta. 100hz Metro area Emergency Power with generator and battery backup on site. Sawnee Mtn Links to 444 675 repeater Wide north Georgia coverage. Covington Links to 444 675 repeater Wide north Georgia coverage. Links to 444 675 repeater Coverage into the northwestern part of the state Rome down to. Dallas Carrolton and over to N Atlanta improved mobile coverage even in the south metro area. Battery backup at site,Dallas Fulltime link to 146 895. Thomaston Links to 444 675 Good coverage south of the metro area Also links to 444 600. Pine Mtn 145 190 Links to 444 600 Great coverage south of the metro area. LaGrange 147 330 Links to 444 675 Good coverage throughout the LaGrange and surrounding counties. Warm Springs Georgia DV C 144 9200 2 5000 normally linked to D STAR Reflector 30c. 144 920 Location Pine Mountain,DStar Coverage 50 miles. 2 5000 Gateway Version 2 00,Sponsor Georgia D STAR.
Links to 444 675 repeater Great coverage on the northeast corner of the state Can hit from. Dahlonega 146 835,various parts of Atlanta Battery backup at site. 145 250 Links to 444 600 repeater Great coverage over South Metro Atlanta area Mobile coverage. 110 9hz in Fayette Coweta Henry Spalding Pike Troup and other surrounding couties. Links to 444 600 repeater County coverage includes Parts of Southern Fayette South. Forsyth 147 315 Henry Butts Monroe Lamar Also the Lake Juliette area cities of Forsyth Jackson High Falls. Bollingbroke Part of the Cherry Blossom Intertie, Good coverage over the Macon area and most all of Central Georgia Part of the Cherry. Georgia Public Broadcasting Georgia Regional Coordinating Hospitals GEMA MARS and Local Emergency Management Definitions D STAR Digital Smart Technologies for Amateur Radio is a digital voice and data protocol for Amateur Radio Winlink is a worldwide radio messaging system that uses either or both internet and Amateur radio

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