Amateur Radio, also known as ham radio, is a valuable resource for disaster and emergency communications. No other radio service offers the variety of communications capability that ham radio does. Amateur Radio is governed by Part 97 of the FCC Rules & Regulations, which set up the amateur radio service.
The purpose of Amateur Radio is to provide a group of trained radio operators, who can be called upon during an emergency. Amateur Radio has a world wide reputation of supporting emergency communications during disasters.
There are several amateur radio "bands." Each band represents a group of radio frequencies. The different frequency bands are best suited for different types of communications. One radio band may be better suited for world wide communications and another for local communications. The low bands tend to be used for the long distance communications, whereas the higher frequency bands are usually are utilized for local communications.
The types of communications available for hams range from Morse code to voice, digital, and even slow scan and fast scan TV. The equipment used can range from a Morse code key attached to a radio, to voice systems, computers, hand held radios, video cameras, and even using satellites. Some ham radio stations even bounce signals off of the moon. Some types of ham radio equipment can interface with the local telephone network, allowing hams to use the phone system from their radios.
Flagler County Amateur Radio Organizations
Flagler County Amateur Radio Emergency Communications (AREC) is a volunteer organization consisting of licensed amateur radio operators. The purpose of AREC is to provide emergency back up communications when it's needed. Most of the AREC members are also members of the Flagler Palm Coast Amateur Radio Club and/or the Flagler Emergency Communications Association (FECA).
Flagler County Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) is another volunteer organization consisting of licensed amateur radio operators. The purpose of ARES is to provide emergency back up communications when it's needed.
The 2 Meter band is one of the primary bands used by the Flagler County Ham Radio organizations. There are several 2 meter repeaters in use by the various organizations in the county. These repeaters allow a much wider coverage using mobile and small hand held radios.
Some members of both groups belong to the Flagler Emergency Management Volunteer Program.
Flagler County Assist REACT has National Memorandum of Understandings with the ARRL. (American Radio Relay League.)
Local Amateur Radio Nets.
The ARES Net of Flagler County meets on the
2nd and 4th Wednesdays on the 147.300 (-600) PL 123.0 repeater. The back
up repeater is the 147.075 repeater (+600)
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