Mid-2019 Recommendations!

Recommendation # 1

Everyone in Burke County ARES® should have taken the Gwinnette ARES Basic Skills Test by now – and most of you have:  Thanks! – but just in case, here is the web site for this free service.  You will learn a LOT when you complete your test:  http://arestest.org/

Register with my name, call, and


Recommendation # 2

It is now time for all ARES® members to register with GHA911.org,

Amateur radio ops and all other personnel who are not members of ARES® or who are inactive members should not register for GHA911 until they join ARES®.

If you have not already registered, please register today while it’s on your mind.​

Here is the main benefit of registering for GHA911
  • You’ll automatically be registered in the ​Everbridge Mass Notification
    ​System.  Everbridge ​will keep you informed before, during and after all events whether emergency or non-emergency  by way of email, text messages and/or a phone call​.​  No more “phone trees”!​

To be an active member of ARES, we have to be able to notify you when things happen.  Therefore, anyone who fails to register for GHA911 may be assigned to inactive status in ARES®.

 ARES Members:  Please refer to your June 16 email for directions on how to register.

Recommendation #3: 
Please join Burke Medical Center’s ARES® Team – here’s how:

We are now looking for members to join Burke Medical Center’s ARES® amateur radio operations team.  If you would like to be included in this group, pleasae send your name to Vince Vassello, KB8TEP, who is taking the lead for  coordinating this group: 


Recommendation #4:
Upgrade your license class

MAKE NO MISTAKE:  We are very glad to have Technician Class amateur radio operators in our ARES group and we look forward to their participation with us during “incidents” that occur in Burke County.  Technicians are certainly valuable members of our ARES team by handling very important local communications on 2 meters and 70 cm (440).  That will be an important way that we stay in communications with other agencies in- and outside of Burke County.

General class ops have much needed privileges on two very important ARES bands:  75 meters and 40 meters.  According to the Georgia state EMCOMM plan, 75 and 40 meters are the #1 priority for all ARES operations.

Therefore, we encourage all Technician class operators to begin working, if you’re not already, on getting your general class license.  Thank you so much in advance!  If you need any help, please let me know.


Recommendation #5:
Upgrade your VHF/UHF transceiver if you haven’t already done so:
(1)  By far, our #1 Recommended 50W 2 m and 70 cm transceiver is an analong FM and DSTAR radio:
The Icom ID-5100A Deluxe

This is the high-priced radio I’ve been recommending for everyone.

From the time it came out until last week, the Icom ID-5100A Deluxe with 50-watts of power on FM & DSTAR was $529.95.

During May, GigaParts (866-535-4442) has it for $399.95  including shipping and handling!

Free channel programming for BARC and ARES® members..

See https://www.gigaparts.com/icom-id-5100a-deluxe-d-star-mobile-radio.html



(2)  Only if you can’t afford the Icom ID-5100A Deluxe transceiver above, the minimum recommended radio would be an analog 50W mobile radio capable of accessing both the 2 meter and 70 cm bands
— minimum recommended radio would be the FM Yaesu FT-7250
— $209.95 delivered to you
— See https://www.gigaparts.com/yaesu-ftm-7250dr.html

Yaesu FTM-7250DR C4FM/FM 50W 144/ 430MHz Digital AMS Transceiver

The new Yaesu FTM-7250DR is a compact and ruggedly built C4FM/FM 144/430MHz Dual Band 50W Transceiver and offers the latest advanced features from Yaesu for their System Fusion II platform.


(3) Minimum radio with 75 watts of transmit power, but in the 2 meters only category, would be the Kenwood TM-281A with a price of $137.95 delivered !  See https://www.gigaparts.com/kenwood-tm-281a.html


Questions?  Please call me at 706-466-5646.
John MacDonald, K4BR
EC Burke County
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