St. Clair County IL
A.R.E.S. AND SCARC PUBLIC SERVICE OPERATION GUIDE
(updated 12/13/2015)



The Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES(r)) is sponsored by The American Radio Relay League and has the longest history of public service of any Amateur Radio emergency communications provider organization. The St. Clair Amateur Radio Club (Club) fully supports the ARES and encourages Club members to register in the ARES and become fully trained for emergency communications service to the public. The Club also supports public service events such as parades, walks and bike rides.

ARES is a registered mark of the American Radio Relay League

 

RACES - Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service

The federal government created RACES after World War II. The RACES FCC rules (97.407) addressed the need for Amateur Radio operators to function as an integral part of a state, county or local Civil Defense agency in time of national emergency or war. The RACES authorization provides the means to continue to serve the public even if the President through the FCC suspends regular Amateur operations. In this situation, the RACES rules provide for use of almost all regular Amateur frequencies, but places strict limits on the types of communications made, and with whom. Operators of RACES stations must follow the strict RACES rules at all times. In view of these restrictions, in St. Clair County, absent a national emergency declaration, Amateur operations are usually conducted under the name Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES). However, registration in St. Clair County as an ARES operator is considered a RACES authorization as well.


Click HERE for a current list of ARES/RACES Members. (Updated 10/2015)

Click HERE for Amateur Radio Operators manual for St. Clair County. (Updated 7/11/07)

Click HERE for the Beaufort Wind Scale (for general use by ARES / Skywarn members).


ARES QUALIFICATIONS

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.


REGISTRATION WITH ST. CLAIR COUNTY ARES

There is a close working relationship between the St. Clair County Emergency Management Agency (EMA) and the St. Clair County Amateur Radio Emergency Service and The St. Clair Amateur Radio Club.

The single point of contact to request Amateur Radio emergency support communications is via the St. Clair County EMA central dispatch, called CENCOM (phone 618-277-3500).

For non-emergency public service support requests, contact one of the Club officers listed on our web home page.


COMMUNICATIONS NET:


OPERATING PROCEDURES:


HOW ARE YOU ALERTED OR NOTIFIED:


GUIDELINES FOR RESPONSE:


NET CONTROL WILL ISSUE "TACTICAL" ID'S:


HF RADIO OPERATIONS:

    NAME
    FREQ
CALL
Illlinois ARES Net 3.905MHz/7.230 MHz KC6VVT
Illinois Phone Net  3.857 MHz K9HEZ
Illinois Section CW Net 3.549 Mhz K9CNP
Illinois Sideband Net *  3.905 MHz KA9MZJ

PACKET COMMUNICATIONS:


ALERTING DEVICES:


FREQUENCY MONITORING -EMERGENCIES:

FREQUENCY
DEPARTMENT /EMERGENCY RESPONSE AGENCY
155.475 MHz Illinois State Police Emergency Radio Network (ISPERN)
155.370 MHz ALL Police Departments "Point to Point" Base Stations
154.190 MHz St. Clair County Fire Dispatch
155.055 MHz Illinois Radio Emergency Assistance Channel-Fire, Police, ESDA, etc.
158.835 MHz St. Clair County EMA "CENCOM" -all EMA units, Schools.

Seven State Earthquake Affected Area
Midwest: New Madrid Fault Threat


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RELATED INFORMATION
  • Public Service Communications Manual From the ARRL
  • ARRL Numbered Radiograms - PDF Format - Microsoft Word Format
  • ARRL Amateur Message Form - PDF Format - Microsoft Word Format
  • ARRL Operating Aid - (Communications Procedures, Phonetic Alphabet, RST System, Time Conversion Chart)

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  • National Skywarn Homepage
  • National Weather Service St. Louis
  • Storm Spotter's Guide
  • Vortex St. Louis
  • St. Louis Weather Amateur Radio Information WX0STL

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