R.A.C.E.S.

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Navajo County plays host to one of DEMA (Arizona Department of Emergency and Military Affairs) emergency communications vehicles. This vehicle is under control of the Navajo County R.A.C.E.S. group, under the direction of Navajo County’s Emergency Management Director Mary Springer.

Each of the vehicles includes a 24’ wide-body van on a Ford E350 chassis with dual rear wheels, dual AC, and dual generators.

Communications Capabilities

    • Interoperable radio communications for a wide variety of users across multiple spectrums via the on-board ACU-1000.
    • Users inside and outside the vehicle can connect to the Internet via the on-board networking systems, which include a wireless access point for external users.

  • Provides field data connectivity and telephone infrastructure through the on-board broadband satellite system.

FAQs

What is R.A.C.E.S.?
Who can join R.A.C.E.S.?
How do I join?
Who can I contact for more information?
What ongoing training is provided?
What meetings will I need to attend?

What is R.A.C.E.S.?
R.A.C.E.S. (Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service) is a group of volunteer amateur radio operators that have volunteered their time to provide emergency communications for Government agencies, namely Navajo County. However, State and/or Federal Government agencies can call upon us as well, when all other communications are not available.

 

Who can join?
Any licensed amateur radio operator can join R.A.C.E.S.  If you are working on you license, than you are welcome to join, but finalization will not happen until you have your license and call sign.

 

How do I join?
1st Fill out this application  sign it.
2nd Complete the following training IC-100b, IC-200b, IC-700a, and IC-800b.
3rd Send a copy of you application and training to:

Karl Collett
P.O. Box 385
Taylor, AZ 85939
OR scan and email to:
K7TFS15@gmail.com

4th We will contact you to set up a time to have your fingerprints taken and a digital photo for your ID card.

 

Who can I contact for more information?
R.A.C.E.S. Volunteer Coordinator:
Karl Collett
K7TFS15@gmail.com
928 243-0611Navajo County Emergency Management Director
Mary J. Springer
mary.springer@navajocountyaz.gov
928 524-4000
What ongoing training is provided?
Getting the message through is what we do.  Practice makes perfect, as the saying goes.

The following Nets are good for practice and they provide training as well.

Navajo County R.A.C.E.S. Net each Tuesday, 1900 MST
W7EH repeater @ 145.310| -0.6| 110.9
Net Control K7TFS, KF7KVV, W7RJB
LDS Emergency Net each Sunday, 1900 MST
W7EH repeater @ 145.310| -0.6| 110.9
Net Control W7AZY
Saguaro NTS (National Traffic System) daily, 1830 MST
W7EAR repeater @ 145.270| -0.6| 141.3
Net Manger – Pink K7ILA
ATEN (Arizona Traffic and Emergency Net) daily, 1730 MST (winter), 1900 MST (summer)
HF 3986
Net Manger KF7GC
Arizona R.A.C.E.S. Net each Sunday, 0730 MST
HF 3990 +- depending on interference
Net Control K7GH

Traffic handling is a fun but necessary business. If you wait until an emergency occurs to handle traffic, it is too late. Now is the time to practice. The following PowerPoints will help you understand the two main message handling forms that we will use.

  • The ARRL Radiogram will be used to pass general messages from individuals to those they need to contact. Here is a great training on the use of it.
  • When passing messages from one Government agency/official to another Government agency/official, we will use the ICS-213 form. Here is training on its use.

 

What meetings will I need to attend?
Most of the meetings we have will be on the radio during the Navajo County R.A.C.E.S. Net. Once a quarter we will meet for a face-to-face meeting and training on the TOAD. Our next meeting is scheduled for 29th of April at 11 am to 2pm.

 

Tip of the Week

It is always good to have a work space to take notes on, paper, and a pencil. You may use a pen, but a pencil will make it easier to correct mistakes. If you will be taking your notes on a computer, use a laptop or tablet with a keyboard, as they have a battery to avoid the loss of work due to power outage. You could use a desktop computer, but if power is down be sure to have an alternate method to power your computer. I personally use the paper method, then transfer to computer later for a back up.