Alger County Amateur Radio Public Service Corp
Emergency Communications Plan for Alger County
1.1 The Alger Amateur Radio Emergency Service (Alger ARES)
is composed of FCC-licensed Amateur Radio operators who have voluntarily
registered their capabilities and equipment for public service communications
1.2 Under Federal Regulations, Amateur Radio Public Service Communications are
furnished without compensation of any kind.
1.3 The Alger ARES functions under this Emergency Plan under the direction of
the Alger Emergency Coordinator (EC), who is appointed by the ARRL Michigan
Section Emergency Coordinator in consultation with the Upper Peninsula DEC.
1.4 The EC may appoint assistant ECs as needed for the ARES to function
2.1 The purpose of this plan is to provide a written guide containing the
minimum information that would be needed in an emergency. Each Emergency is
different and flexibility to provide an adequate response to each is a
2.2 The primary responsibility of the Alger ARES is to furnish communications in
the event of a natural Disaster, when regular communications fail or are
2.3 All drills, training and instruction shall be carried out to ensure
readiness to respond quickly in providing effective amateur radio communications
whenever an occasion may arise.
2.4 The Following agencies could be served during a communications emergency;
Alger County Sheriff Department, Michigan State Police, Alger County Search and
Rescue, Michigan Department of Corrections, Alger County Red Cross, Munising
Memorial Hospital, All Alger County Fire Departments, and law enforcement
agencies; any other agencies requesting assistance from the ARES.
3. ACTIVATING THE PLAN
3.1 Any member of the Alger ARES who for any reason suspects a communications
emergency exists should monitor the assigned net for activity.
3.2 If local telephone service is available, the EC and/or assistant ECs should
be notified by telephone.
3.3 In an emergency in which Amateur Radio might serve the community, Amateur
Radio operators may be alerted by any city, Red Cross, Civil Preparedness, or
similar official notifying of the Emergency Coordinator.
4. ARES MOBILIZATION PROCEDURE
4.1 Local broadcast station WQXO will be contacted by the EC or his
representative, as possible, for spot announcements alerting ARES members.
4.2 If telephone service is available, a telephone tree will be activated.
4.3 Upon the awareness or notification that a communications emergency exists,
members of the Alger ARES will call into the Alger County Emergency Net on the
145.410 FM repeater with 146.490 FM simplex as an alternate frequency.
4.4 Mobile units are activated and dispatched.
4.5The EC will assume net control or delegate another station as net control
station (NCS). Control will be from Alger County Civil Preparedness Emergency
Operating Center (EOC).
4.6 This station is designated as a "Key Station" and will be extensively
utilized during a communications emergency. Key Stations have full emergency
power capability with relief operators assigned to ensure continuous operations.
5. DUTIES OF NCS
5.1 The Alger County Emergency Net will be called to order by the NCS.
5.2 Members of the Alger ARES are checked into the net from their mobiles and
home stations to await further instructions.
5.3 Liaison stations to the following National Traffic System nets will be
Upper Peninsula Net, 3.921 MHz, 5 PM
Michigan Traffic Net, 3.953 MHz. 7 PM
QMN CW Net, 3.663 MHz 6 & 10 PM
A liaison station is also sent to 147.270, the FM repeater in Marquette County.
5.4 Mobiles are dispatched as needed to the Alger County Chapter, American Red
Cross Headquarters and the Alger County Sheriff Department and any other
agencies as required.
5.5 Operators of home stations not on emergency power are coordinated to
effectively operate the "Key Stations" as required.
6.1 All written messages must be in standard ARRL form.
6.2 All messages must be signed by the official who originates them, with his
title, taking responsibility for their contents.
6.3 Message precedence's of EMERGENCY, Priority, Welfare and Routine, as defined
on ARRL Form FSD-3, shall be used on all messages.
6.4 Stations do not transmit unless invited to do so by net control.
The only exception to this is for a station having EMERGENCY traffic.
7. DRILLS, TESTS AND ALERTS
7.1 An annual test will be conducted in October in conjunction with the
nationwide ARRL Simulated Emergency Test.
7.2 The Alger ARES will regularly supply public safety communications in
conjunction with local events, to test the effectiveness of the operation.
7.3 The Alger County Emergency Net meets the first Sunday of the month at 8 PM.
7.4 At the discretion of the EC, the ARES will be activated unannounced via the
telephone tree at least once per year.
ARRL Emergency Coordinator
Daniel Kwasneski, KA8IXC
National Skywarn Site
Michigan QMN Net
ALGER AMATEUR RADIO CLUB MEMBERSHIP APPLICATION
CALL:_____________ LICENSE CLASS:(circle) N T T+ G A E
E-MAIL: _________________________ BIRTHDATE:____/_____/____
HOME PHONE: (_____)__________WORK PHONE:(_____)___________
I belong to (circle):
ARRL RACES ARES MARS NTS Other clubs:________
Bands used (circle):160m
75/80m 40m 30m 20m 17m 15m 10m 6m 2m 70cm
Modes used (circle):
SSB FM CW Packet RTTY
SSTV ATV Amtor/Pactor
Check the appropriate category/categories:
_____FULL MEMBER $25
(Licensed Alger County Resident)
_____SUPPORTER MEMBER $20
_____JUNIOR SUPPORTER MEMBER $10 (Opened to anyone)
_____FAMILY MEMBER $10.00
(must be licensed and reside at
______________________________ Name, Call, License, etc.