The principle means for activating Montgomery County ARES is through the primary (147.020) or backup (147.140) repeaters. If these fail then the simplex frequency is used.
A notice of activation is also sent using the three methods described below. These text activations are used so operators can be reached when away from their radios.
Activation messages may include the following:
Notification that an incident is occuring requiring ARES support, e.g. search and rescue call out,
Standby notification that an incident may develop in the near future, e.g. winter storm warning, hurricane,
Stand down notification that an incident has passed or did not develop.
Many individuals in our group use the Minitor IV pages widely used by fire departments. Pagers are issued on an as needed basis with priority given to leadership personnel. Individuals that desire may purchase their own Minitor IV pager (make sure it is a VHF model) and we will program the pager for you.
Email to the Yahoo Group
If you join the Yahoo Group you will automatically receive any email messages to the group.
Sending a text message to mobile devices
Mobile devices can receive an email using their phone number as the email address. For instance, a T-Mobile phone's address is firstname.lastname@example.org. If you wish to receive activation emails on your mobile device send an email to the Emergency Coordinator with your mobile device phone number and the mobile carrier you are using. If you carrier or phone number change send an email with updated information. Notifications will only be sent from an email address from the wa5eoc.org domain, e.g. @wa5eoc.org.
"ARES" and "Amateur Radio Emergency Service" are registered servicemarks of the American Radio Relay League, Incorporated and are used by permission.
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