Category Archives: ARES

ARES Volunteers Support Evacuation, Shelters, in Wake of Oroville Dam Crisis

Sacramento Valley ARES Section Emergency Coordinator Greg Kruckewitt, KG6SJT, reports that Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES®) volunteers are now actively involved in supporting communication for the evacuation and sheltering of nearly 200,000 people living below the damaged Oroville Dam in rural California. The dam, on the Feather River east of Oroville, is the tallest in the US. Following a period of heavy rain, a section of the earthfill-embankment dam’s spillway eroded, and authorities issued an evacuation order for residents living below the dam, in case it should fail. Crews have been attempting to fill the eroded area with rock transported by helicopter.

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ARES/RACES Featured at Joint Tribal Emergency Management Conference

For the third year in a row, the Amateur Radio Emergency Service and the Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service (ARES/RACES) were a featured component of the largest gathering of tribal disaster preparedness, recovery, hazard mitigation, and homeland security professionals in the US. The annual conference, held in mid-September, was organized by the National Tribal Emergency Management Council and hosted by the Tachi-Yokut Tribe at their Santa Rosa Rancheria in Lemoore, California. Radio amateurs were prominent among the conference presenters. Two ARRL San Joaquin Valley (SJV) Section groups, Fresno ARES/RACES and Tulare County ARES pooled resources and set up special event station N8V, with multiple operating positions on the lawn adjacent to the conference hotel.

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Local ARES Activated During El Portal Fire

ARRL Letter
August 7, 2014

California Hams Activate to Support Shelter Communications Following Wildfire

Amateur Radio volunteers in California’s Tuolumne County assisted local emergency managers and the American Red Cross by supporting communication at a shelter in Groveland, set up in the wake of the El Portal Fire in Yosemite National Park. The National Park Service reported that the fire got its start in the community of El Portal on July 26, and evacuations were ordered for Foresta and Old El Portal, area campgrounds emptied, and roads closed.

Tuolumne County ARES Emergency Coordinator Carl Croci, NI6Z, reported that several radio amateurs responded. A UHF and VHF repeater were cross-banded to cover the necessary expanse between Fresno, site of the Red Cross Headquarters, and the shelter site in Groveland.

Radio amateurs were able to stand down the following day after a 20 hour communications emergency. Eight pieces of traffic were handled. — Thanks to Carl Croci, NI6Z, and Fresno County ARES EC/RACES Radio Officer Glen Caine, N6HEW

EMCOMM Rally in the Valley

“Rally in the Valley”

Swap meet starts early, set up 0730, opens 0800 to 1230.

Forums begin at 0900.

Topics include:

  • Fldigi
  • FLmsg
  • Mobile digital operations
  • Winlink packet
  • APRS
  • Mobile VHF an up from contest Rovers
  • Coast Guard operations

Lots of information. Drawing for dual band HT and prizes

The Salvation Army Citadel,

1854 Fulton St.

Fresno, CA 93721

Fresno ARES/RACES EC Report – June 2012

EC Report for June 2012


Hi All,

I hope that you all had a great month and looking forward to another. This month we participated in what the Red Cross called Show and Tell. The support services to the Red Cross brought their toys and showed them off. The Cert and Red Cross support brought their vehicles and set them up so we all would know what their group was capable of and the equipment that was available. Joe Cabral KJ6TYS and myself, set up a station with hf mobile, uhf, vhf and digital communications to demonstrate  our abilities to supply their Emcomm needs. We set up a popup, table & chairs, antennas and equipment for the RACES/ARES Group. Dan Pruitt AE6SX set up a SATERN demonstration next to us. We handed out flyers and answered questions as they arose. It was an informative gathering and we got free ice cream too!! Continue reading Fresno ARES/RACES EC Report – June 2012