Field Communications

At the heart of ARES-RACES is the capability to respond to an emergency, deploying personnel and equipment to provide critical communications when commercial or government systems fail. To maintain this capability, Delaware County ARES-RACES members utilize personally-owned equipment and tactical communication kits provided through a grant from the Pennsylvania Southeastern Counterterrorism Task Force. These field emergency communications kits greatly enhance the ability of Delaware County ARES-RACES to provide voice and data communication services anywhere in the county and region under the most challenging conditions, independent of the commercial power grid.

Tactical Communication Kits

Delaware County ARES-RACES maintains (3) Tactical Communication (TAC-COM) Kits for conducting field operations. Each kit is housed in rugged waterproof Pelican cases to withstand the most challenging environmental conditions. The kits are equipped with state-of-the-art radio transceivers, battery systems, microcomputers and antennas to permit voice and data communications to be conducted from the field on HF, VHF, UHF and microwave Amateur Radio frequencies. Each kit is equipped with the following gear:

Kit Components

  • Yaesu FT-857 HF/VHF/UHF all-mode transceiver
  • Icom ID-1 D-Star transceiver
  • SCS PTCIIusb Pactor III modem
  • SGC SG-237 automatic antenna tuner
  • 12VDC power supply
  • West Mountain PwrGate
  • HP notebook computer
  • portable DC-powered HP ink-jet printer
  • 12VDC  26AH AGM battery
  • wireless router
  • 1.2G loop Yagi antenna
  • tri-band mag-mount antenna