ARES Radio Room at EOC
Delaware County ARES-RACES maintains a sophisticated communications station at the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) in Lima (Middletown Township). The Delaware County Department of Emergency Services is the host for this facility and is the main agency served by ARES-RACES. The communications station is equipped with an HF operating position, two VHF/UHF operating positions, a D-Star operating position for data communication and an RMS packet node (W3AEC-10) for sending and receiving radio emails via the Winlink 2000 System. A Davis Monitor II weather station is also installed for collecting meteorological data.
The ARES-RACES communications station is equipped with a 55-foot crank-up tower that is outfitted with several VHF, UHF and microwave antenna systems. Additionally, a Hygain AV-640 vertical antenna is mounted at the top of the tower for omni-directional HF communication. A horizontally polarized OCF dipole for operation from 3.5 to 30 Mhz is also installed at the facility.
A new D-Star 440 / 1.2 G repeater (W3AEC) is located 350 yards from the ARES Radio Room atop nearby Fair Acres Geriatric Center. The D-Star repeater serves as a digital data communications hub for Delaware County and is part of a network of six new D-Star repeaters that blanket the county. These D-Star repeaters provide voice, slow-speed and high-speed data communications and will be linked via the internet to other ARES-RACES D-Star repeaters in the region.