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. By the way, this is one of the requirements for the Georgia State ARES badge, too:
Register with my name, call, and
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.
- You’ll automatically be registered in the Everbridge Mass NotificationSystem. 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.
We are now looking for charter 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 Rich Magin, KM4KUM, who is taking the lead for coordinating this group:
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 can also communicate on 2 meters and 70 cm, but they also have much needed privileges on two very important ARES bands: 75 meters and 40 meters. According to the state EMCOMM plan, 75 and 40 meters are the #1 priority for all ARES operations.
We have a shortage of General and Amateur Extra Class operators in Burke County. Having a cadre of HF operators is critical to our ARES group’s response to incidents.
Therefore, I am asking 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.
Last night’s 2 meter net on our club’s 146.64 repeater
Last night on our 146.64 MHz at 7:30 PM net, we had just four (4) check-ins. With 43 club members and 19 ARES® members (most ARES members are club members of course), we should have a lot more check-ins on the net. Checking in to this net gets you ready for incident/emergency communications.
You don’t have to check-in every Thursday might, but a couple or 3X a month for 10 mins. or so would be much appreciated.
If you do not have a 2 meter / 70 cm (440) transceiver, please acquire one
You worked hard to get your amateur radio license.
You paid a test fee to acquire it.
The main reason I can think of for getting a ham radio license is to get on the air and participate in the fun and other activities! So, if you have never bought at least a 2 meter/440 50 watt mobile radio, it is now time! 🙂 We really need your participation!
We need for you:
- to get on the air including our local repeaters
- to join the fun
- to participate in our Amateur Radio Emergency Service®
I’ve said this before, but it’s definitely worth repeating again:
— a $25 Baofeng or any other kind of handheld, no matter how much it costs, is not appropriate for ARES® or repeater operation
— Minimum recommended radio would be an analog 50W mobile radio capable of accessing both the 2 meter and 70 cm bands
— I just bought one and it is the best new radio since Marconi’s transatlantic radio and paid more than the current price, which is $499 delivered
I have the programming software and programming cables for the above three transceivers.
For all BARC and/or Burke ARES® members, I will program repeaters plus a few other frequencies for you
You’ll need to purchase at least a mobile magnet mount antenna for it and, since most cigarette lighter power sockets only provide 10 amps, you’ll need to wire it straight to your battery. If you want to use it in your house, you’ll need at least a small outside antenna and some kind of 13.8 volt power supply capable of providing at least 12-14 amps depending on which radio you buy or a rechargeable battery and a charging unit.