"AMATEUR RADIO IS THE ONLY FAILSAFE COMMUNICATION SYSTEM IN THE WORLD"
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Bob Murdock, WX2NJ
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534 Princeton Avenue Bayville, NJ 08721
Monitoring 144.390 MHz APRS, 145.170 MHz (PL 131.8)
"Experienced emergency management professionals know that everyday communications links (e.g. land & cellular telephones, public service radios) may not exist during major emergencies. Almost certainly, Hams will be up and ready to serve. As one individual put it, "HAM" stands for 'Helping All Mankind'.
Unfortunately some local and state emergency management coordinators, do not realize that the presence of trained Amateur Radio operators using their high-quality radio gear is nothing short of a Godsend. Moreover, Hams have not been implemented into planning and preparedness in many communities. This oversight is often due to a lack of understanding or confusion with Citizen Band radio operators."author unknown
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The Amateur Radio Emergency Service was formed to provide an alternate
means of communications during times of emergency or disaster. This service
is one of the primary reasons for the licensing of radio operators in the
Amateur Radio Service, as provided under Part 97 of the FCC rules and
The ARRL has established the ARES as a means of providing this service on a level which supports local, county, and statewide organizations. National and international levels of cooperation are supported and coordinated through the ARRL.
The Ocean County ARES is comprised of licensed operators concerned with providing emergency communications when needed. An operator does not have to be a member of the ARRL to join ARES. In addition, membership in ARES does not require that the operator become a member of any other organization. Members are, however, encouraged to join local clubs and the RACES organization.
On February 14, 2003, under the Incorporation laws of New Jersey, the organization has become Ocean County Amateur Radio Emergency Service Inc and applied for tax exemption as a 501(c)(3) Non-Profit Organization. The Non-Profit exemption was granted by the IRS on April 28, 2004.
On August 15, 2003, Ocean County Amateur Radio Emergency Service became an ARRL affiliated club and was issued a Charter of Affiliation.
The club callsign is WA2RES, "WHISKEY ALPHA TWO ROMEO ECHO SIERRA"
ARES and Amateur Radio Emergency Service are registered
trademarks of the American Radio Relay League (ARRL) and permission has been
granted for the use of these symbols by our organization. We are a field
service of the ARRL and operate and abide by League rules and
WHY DO WE TRAIN WEEKLY? BECAUSE THREE MINUTES BEFORE THE PARTY IS NOT THE TIME TO LEARN HOW TO DANCE.
The Ocean County ARES conducts training nets every Wednesday Evening at 8:30 PM local time. The schedule is as follows:
Each Wednesday (except the 3rd) of the month: WA2RES repeater located in Manchester, 145.170 MHz out, 144.570 MHz in, Pl of 131.8
Third Wednesday of the month: N2OO repeater located in Manahawkin, 146.835 MHz out, 146.235 MHz in, Pl of 127.3
You need not be a member to participate in a training net.
Meetings are held six times a year (Every Other Month) on the third Wednesday of a month. There is no ARES training net on the night of the meeting. Meetings are at the Miller Airpark County EOC, Berkeley Township, at 7:00 to 9:00 pm. All are invited. The meeting schedule for 2013 is as follows:
February 20, 2013 - Communications Training
April 17, 2013 - RERP 2012 Training
June 19, 2013 - Communications Training
August 21, 2013 - Communications Training
October 16, 2013 - SET Review
December 18, 2013 - Meeting/Holiday Party - All are welcome
If you are interested in joining Ocean County ARES, contact the Emergency Coordinator via email.
Ocean County ARES is generously supported by Microsoft
Donations support the organization and provides for liability insurance, training materials, non-profit operating expenses (Yes, the state of New Jersey and the Federal Government get their share just to let us exist), badly needed ham radio equipment which can be deployed to equip up to four shelters, and operating expenses to allow us to store and maintain equipment and supplies. Unlike the Red Cross and United Way, no funds support organization officers. They all work for free. Donations are tax deductible since we are classified as a 501 (c)(3) charity. You may donate by sending a check made out to OCEAN COUNTY AMATEUR RADIO EMERGENCY SERVICE to the EC/President at the address listed at the top of this page or you may donate through the popular PayPal system by clicking on the DONATE button below:
OPERATION OF THE OCEAN COUNTY ARES
The ARES system shall have three (3) levels of operation.
1) STANDBY: The first level of operation is in effect during non-emergency times. No nets are in progress and everyday life takes precedence. Minor problems or localized emergencies, such as traffic accidents, may be handled at this level without activation of the ARES.
2) ALERT: The second level of operation may be requested in response to a local agency request and is automatically assumed to be in effect during net operations unless otherwise noted. It is also automatically in effect during the following:
At the Alert level, operators are requested to monitor their local frequencies for possible activation, or to participate in operations for practice. Nets may be established at this level for administration purposes, but should not remain established for greater than one (1) hour. If necessary, a check-in/recheck schedule should be implemented instead of continuous operation.
3) ACTIVATION: The highest level of operation. At least one (1) full-time ARES net is in operation. Members may be operating with, or in support of, other volunteer organizations (such as the Red Cross or Salvation Army), local municipalities, or state and federal emergency management groups (such as the Federal Emergency Management Agency - FEMA). Members may be operating as liaison stations to other ARES or RACES groups or designated communications function (such as MARS, the Military Affiliated Radio System).
Activation shall automatically occur for the following:
When activated, members should expect to operate for extended periods (i.e. greater than one hour) and should be prepared to operate in shifts, if necessary.
When activated, members should deploy as directed with the assumption that they must be completely self-sufficient. This means all necessary equipment, tools, food, clothing, etc., should either be brought with the operator or by another member of a team.
It should be noted that above all, FLEXIBILITY in operation should remain as a top priority for all radio operators. Training and drills may only cover a small number of the problems which may occur during "the real thing." Operational capabilities on more than one band or mode, or the ability to operate without commercial power for extended periods tend to become necessary features of radio operators in communication emergencies.
HOWEVER, this does not mean an operator without some, or all, of these capabilities would be unusable. Operators may be teamed up with others, or work in shifts to enable around-the-clock operations.
ACTIVE MEMBER REQUIREMENTS
Desired - Passed ARRL Emergency Communications Course, EC-001
Mandatory - IS-00100.a, Introduction to the Incident Command System
Mandatory - IS-00700.a, National Incident Management System
PRIMARY - SOUTH REPEATER: 146.835 MHz output, 146.235 MHz input, PL of 127.3, FM, N2OO Repeater located in Manahawkin.
PRIMARY - USB: 28.360 Mhz, USB, 10 meter
PRIMARY - WINLINK RMS Packet (Emergency Communications Mode), 145.010 MHz, WX2NJ-10 (Bayville), N2LD-10 (Forked River), N2XW-10 (Manahawkin).
PRIMARY - D-Star, SNJ ARRL Management (SCERN), 444.65625, KC2TGB/R in Atlantic City, RPT1 KC2TGB B, RPT2 KC2TGB G
SECONDARY - VHF REPEATER: None
SECONDARY - APRS SIMPLEX: 144.390 MHz. WX2NJ-13 Digi - South (Barnegat)
SECONDARY - USB: 28.390 MHZ, USB, 10 meter
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EMERGENCY GENERATOR USE GUIDANCE
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Download Transceiver Battery Life Worksheet (Excel Format)
Download Ocean County ARES Operating Plan (Word Format)
Excellent Guidance on Lightning Protection, by Polyphaser
USB SignaLink Information
Weather Conditions at Station WX2NJ
Ocean County ARES Jackets
Order ARRL ARES Gear On-Line
ARRL FIELD SERVICE FORMS
UPCOMING COMMUNICATIONS EVENTS
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Layout of Ocean County before a hurricane strike (Courtesy of Red Cross)
Layout of Ocean County during the strike of a category 3 hurricane. The red areas are the regions severely affected by the storm.
(Courtesy of Red Cross)
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