Delco ARES Manual Annex A

  1. Purpose

    1. The purpose of this Annex is to provide guidance for the establishment of communications in the event of a failure of commercial power and/or communications infrastructure that may also affect the designated Amateur Radio repeaters in the Delco ARES Frequency Plan.

  2. Overview and Assumptions

    1. As stated in the Delco ARES Operations Manual the primary net frequency for Delco ARES is shown below:

      Channel Name

      Receive

      Transmit

      Off Freq

      Off Dir

      Mode

      Tone

      CTCSS

      DC R1 W3KG BOOTHWYN 446.775 441.775 5 - Minus FM Tone 88.5 Hz
      DD DW W3AEC LIMA 440.05625 445.05625 5 + Plus DV None


      Therefore, it is the expectation that during a failure of commercial power, communications infrastructure, and/or other rapid developing incident in the Delaware County area that all operators are to immediately monitor this frequency.

      1. In the event that the repeater is not functional refer to the frequencies below for alternative communications plans.

        Channel Name

        Receive

        Transmit

        Off Freq

        Off Dir

        Mode

        Tone

        CTCSS

        DC R1 W3KG BOOTHWYN 446.775 441.775 5 - Minus FM Tone 88.5 Hz
        DC R2 W3AWA MEDIA 145.23 144.63 0.6 - Minus FM Tone 131.8 Hz
        DC O1 W3KG LIMA 146.94 146.34 0.6 - Minus FM Tone 131.8 Hz
        DC S1 TACTICAL 146.565 146.565 0 Simplex FM None
        DC S2 TACTICAL 146.535 146.535 0 Simplex FM None
        DC S3 TACTICAL 446 446 0 Simplex FM None
        DC O2 W3AWA MEDIA 443.65 448.65 5 + Plus FM Tone 131.8 Hz
    2. A Delco ARES operator will assume Net Control on designated frequency based on the Delco ARES frequency plan in the event of a rapidly developing incident.

  3. HF Communications

    1. HF Communications, frequencies, and modes will be determined and coordinated as needed.
    2. At a minimum, Delco ARES members with a General Class license or higher, should prepare to possess and be proficient in the following capabilities:
      1. 75/80m, typically for night communications
      2. 40m, typically for day communications

  4. Digital Communications

    1. Communications using digital modes will be determined and coordinated as needed.
    2. Since digital communications can improve throughput and accuracy of information, Delco ARES Members are encouraged to become proficient in the following digital modes and applications
      1. D-STAR
      2. DRATS
      3. Winlink®
        1. Paclink®
        2. AirMail®
        3. Winmor®
      4. Outpost®
      5. APRS®
      6. NBEMS®