Just a few days ago, the person that help started the Clayton Amateur Radio Emergency Service Inc. also known as The Southern Crescent Amateur Radio Club passed away. Don Grant, over thirty years ago, passed messages from the Gulf coast hurricane area to the Civil Defense agencies here in Atlanta. Later Clayton County asked him to set up a RACES (Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service) group for the county. From that moment to now, Ham Radio has grown with many new ways to communicate, new rules, new frequencies, and new modes. Our club has changed as well. We have joined ARES (Amateur Radio Emergency Service) with MOU’s (Memorandum of Understanding) working with Georgia Emergency Management Service, the National Weather Service, Salvation Army, Georgia Baptist Radio Services and many other State and National agencies.
Clayton County EOC has been the main operation center for years. New Hams from Henry county joined us and a need to expand our area of coverage was noted. Henry had no operational ARES group. With the help from the State ARES managers, Clayton and Henry County became one Emergency Coordinator area served by our ARES group.
Since that time we have worked with The Departments of Health District 3.3 and 4 helping on several POD (Points of Distribution). This includes helping our neighbors like Newton, Butts, and South Fulton counties.
The station at the Piedmont Henry Hospital is operational. The station has multifunction capabilities from HF to UHF. From analog and many of the digital modes which include MT63, PSK, SSTV RTTY and CW it will provide any type of contact needed in this fast paced world. The Hospital also houses the analog and D-Star repeaters. This will be one of the best stations in this south metro area.
Our goals are big for this upcoming year. Plans include several tech days. These days will include such topics as building and understanding electronic circuits and antennas. This will also include soldering, electrical safety, and operational procedures. Operational drill to have fun includes Field Day, School contest, Fox hunts, and SET (simulated Emergency Test). Ham Crams have been successful and we plan to have more. VE testing will continue with even classes in understanding the test material.
For our club to go forward, we need be active. Others that may think we are just untrained CB operators that just get in the way are going to be shown they are wrong. Hams are the trained radio operators that have fun making new friends all over the world and can be professional enough to help communities in distress.
Roy Baker – AJ4GT
EC Clayton/Henry County
Georgia ARES monthly report for November, 2009
Reported by: Clayton/Henry County EC, Roy Baker, AJ4GT
Report submitted by: AJ4GT, Roy Baker – EC
Total number of ARES members in your group is: 37
Change since last month: 2 +
Name of your Local ARES Net: SCARC / CARES Net
Net Frequency: 444.875 + (100) ; 145.170 – and 146.715- (both – 146.2)
Day of the week: Monday
Time of the Net: 9:00 PM Local
Total of Nets this month: 5
NTS Liaison: GTEN / ARES
Drills, Tests and Training sessions: 6
Drills, Tests and Training Man Hours: 49
Public Service Events: 0
Public Service Man Hours: 0
Emergency Operations: 0
Emergency Operations Man Hours: 0
Misc Activities: 2
Misc man hours: 12
TOTAL ARES OPERATIONS: 8
TOTAL ARES MAN HOURS: 61
Comments: Five Nets – one monthly meeting – one work party to put up APRS digipeater on top of Henry County Medical Center – AJ4GT