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Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service

Amateur Radio Emergency Services Interest Form

IDHS is updating its roster of amateur radio volunteers that may be available across Indiana during emergency operations. Additionally, the IDHS RACES team is looking to add members, primarily in the Central Indiana area. Interested amateur radio operators should fill out the interest form below.

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About Amateur Radio and RACES

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U.S. amateur radio operators are volunteers, licensed by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), who communicate through allocated radio frequencies. In Indiana, there are more than 16,000 amateur operators with active licenses. Many amateur radio operators, often called hams, assist public safety agencies using their skills and personal radio equipment to back up or supplement communications. Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service (RACES) is a status granted to licensed hams who are also certified volunteers registered with an emergency management agency.

The Indiana Department of Homeland Security (IDHS) has sites that support a RACES team with radio equipment used during activations, and the IDHS communications director is responsible for the maintenance and training of this pool of volunteers. The team is called upon during emergencies or with reasonable expectation of potential emergencies requiring IDHS State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) support. The RACES team members support the SEOC not only with communications via amateur radio, but also with any legal form of communications on which they are trained and qualified. For example, they might use Public Safety Land/Mobile Radio (LMR), satellite radio/phone/data or Broadband Global Area Network (BGAN) terminals.

Activation Levels

There are four levels of activation for the IDHS RACES team. The levels are not linked to the SEOC activation levels.

Activation LevelDescription
Level IV – Standby Members are notified of the potential for activation and are expected to maintain awareness of the situation via WebEOC.
Level III – Home Operation

Members are activated, but are not to report to the SEOC. Possible situations are:

  • To provide “situational awareness” during severe weather or other events
  • To provide maximum communications capability with other amateurs
  • To provide communications when working from the SEOC may not be possible, or desired (e.g., pandemic, damage to the SEOC or relocation of the SEOC)
Level II – Activation Members are requested to staff the station(s) located in the SEOC, logistics facility or at home, as directed, full-time or part-time.
Level I – Deployment Members are requested to assist with communications at locations other than their home stations or the SEOC. Deployment requires activation of a mobile support unit listing the names of the RACES team members deployed (see Annex for required/recommended equipment during deployments).
  • Level IV – Standby: Members are notified of the potential for activation and are expected to maintain awareness of the situation via WebEOC.
  • Level III – Home Operation: Members are activated, but are not to report to the SEOC. Possible situations are:
    • To provide “situational awareness” during severe weather or other events
    • To provide maximum communications capability with other amateurs
    • To provide communications when working from the SEOC may not be possible, or desired (e.g., pandemic, damage to the SEOC or relocation of the SEOC)
  • Level II – Activation: Members are requested to staff the station(s) located in the SEOC, logistics facility or at home, as directed, full-time or part-time.
  • Level I – Deployment: Members are requested to assist with communications at locations other than their home stations or the SEOC. Deployment requires activation of a mobile support unit listing the names of the RACES team members deployed (see Annex for required/recommended equipment during deployments).
Activation Authority

Levels IV, III and II may be done by the IDHS communications director, SEOC manager or response director. Level I requires activation of a mobile support unit, which may be authorized by the governor or the IDHS executive director, by request (Indiana Code 10-14-3-19).

Frequencies

After activation, the IDHS RACES team will monitor 3.920 MHz LSB and 7.290 MHz LSB. Both frequencies are +/- QRM. Depending on the nature of the emergency, the following frequencies and systems may be monitored as well:

Type Call SignFrequency
Primary K9IPL Repeater 146.670 MHz 88.5 Tone
Secondary W9RCA Repeater 146.880 MHz 88.5 Tone
Primary Simplex Repeater 146.490 MHz
Primary K9XV Repeater 224.800 MHz 88.5 Tone
Secondary W9ICE Repeater 224.980 MHz 77.0 Tone
Primary KC9GMJ Repeater 443.100+ MHz 100.0 Tone
Secondary KB9SGN Repeater 444.325 MHz 136.5 Tone
  • Primary: K9IPL Repeater, 146.670 MHz 88.5 Tone
  • Secondary: W9RCA Repeater, 146.880 MHz 88.5 Tone
  • Primary: Simplex Repeater, 146.490 MHz
  • Primary: K9XV Repeater, 224.800 MHz 88.5 Tone
  • Secondary: W9ICE Repeater, 224.980 MHz 77.0 Tone
  • Primary: KC9GMJ Repeater, 443.100+ MHz 100.0 Tone
  • Secondary: KB9SGN Repeater, 444.325 MHz 136.5 Tone
WinLink

Winlink email messages can be sent to:

Winlink messages via Radio Gateway should be sent to:

  • Primary: NCS770
  • Secondary: W9SEM
  • Secondary: W9SEM-10