* NC4DP * Mecklenburg County, NC

Mecklenburg ARES Topics: Wednesdays, 9:00 PM Local Time on 146.94-(118.8)
Official ARES Frequencies: * 146.94-(118.8) * 145.29-(118.8) * 146.58 (Simplex)
Metrolina 2m Emergency Net™: 9:00 PM Local Time on 146.94-(118.8)
Piedmont Spotter Group Net™: 8:00 PM Local Time on 145.23-(118.8)
Piedmont Simplex Net™: Sundays, 8:30 PM Local Time on 147.505 (simplex)

Mecklenburg ARES Topics™: Wednesdays, 9:00 PM Local Time on 146.94-(118.8)

Mecklenburg County ARES/NC AUXCOMM NC4DP

Disaster Communications For Our Served Agencies

Difference between ARES and RACES

Mecklenburg County (ARES) is comprised of FCC licensed Amateur Radio Operators who have voluntarily registered their capabilities and equipment for public service communications. Under Federal regulations, Amateur Radio operators cannot receive compensation of any kind for providing public service communications.

The primary responsibility of the Mecklenburg ARES is to furnish communications in the event of disaster or other event, when regular communications fail or become inadequate for served agencies to perform their duties. During ARES activation or exercise or any other Special Events call sign will be NC4DP.

For more information about Mecklenburg County ARES, send email to Steve Nosko W4SJN

Note: NC4DP is registered to W4BFB Mecklenburg Amateur Radio Society.

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(posted 1/10/2021)
New Mecklenburg County ARES EC .
Cliff Greene WB4NCQ has done an outstanding job over these last years as our Mecklenburg County ARES Emergency Coordinator and AUXCOMM Coordinator. He worked diligently on the Mecklenburg County Emergency Action Plans and Standard Operating Procedures so that they are now current. He worked with Mecklenburg County Emergency Management to obtain the radios and related equipment, and a designated “radio room” to set up HF and VHF/UHF stations at the Emergency Operations Center. He has guided us into the NC AUXCOMM framework, and developed relationships locally and across the state that have resulted in our emergency radio operators being seen as qualified and trained who can be counted on in all types of situations needing communication. Cliff will continue as a Deputy AUXCOMM Coordinator. Please join me in thanking Cliff for doing so much for ham radio! As Cliff steps down, please join me in recognizing Steve Nosko W4SJN who has been selected as the new AUXCOMM Coordinator for Mecklenburg County and ARES Emergency Coordinator. Steve has been a Mecklenburg County ARES Emergency Coordinator since 2017, a Deputy AUXCOMM Coordinator since 2018 and been deeply involved with emergency communications. He has led MARS Field Day, Winter Field Day and NC QSO Party activities. He has significant training and operating experiences. Prior to being named AUXCOMM Coordinator, Steve had set up and participated in many drills at the EOC. Please join me in supporting Steve as he takes on these responsibilities!
73 - Steve Nosko - W4SJN - Mecklenburg County ARES EC
(posted 2/20/2019)
ARES table at Charlotte Hamfest
There will be a table at the Charlotte Hamfest 3/8 to 3/9 were members of the ARES group will be there to answer questions pertaining to ARES.
Some of the questions that will be answered are: What is ARES, What are the requirments to join, How do I join, What license is required, What equipment is needed.
73 - Cliff Greene - WB4NCQ - Mecklenburg County ARES EC
(posted 2/20/2019)
ARES plan from ARRL
Recently the ARRL has modified the requirments for being a member of ARES
The local ARES group is reviwing the requirments now and will be updating our membership application and also posting the updated ARRl requirments.
73 - Cliff Greene - WB4NCQ - Mecklenburg County ARES EC
(posted 1/1/2019)
Wednesday night ARES net
The Wednesday night ARES net at 7:30pm on the 146.940 (-) 118.8 & 224.400 (-) & EchoLink K4NET-L has been moved.
The ARES net will now be Wednesday night during the Metrolina 2m Emergency Net at 9pm on 146.940 (-) 118.8, 145.230 (-) 118.8, 224.400 (-) & K4NET-L
There will be a brief discussion with question and answer dealing with the discussion for that night.
73 - Cliff Greene - WB4NCQ - Mecklenburg County ARES EC
(posted 1/1/2018)
ARES demonstration of emergency power
There will be a demonstration of emergency power, from solar power, and other off grid power on January 27th at 2 PM.
The location of the demonstration will be at Wilgrove Airport at 10525 Parkton Rd. Charlotte, NC 28215 off of Albermarle Rd.
Bring warm clothes (snivel gear) and your ideas, questions and comments.
73 - Cliff Greene - WB4NCQ - Mecklenburg County ARES EC
(posted 9/4/2016)
ARES hands on classes .
There are going to be classes starting in November all the way to Field Day 2017, currently the dates are the following:
November 19th "Digital Messaging" at the W4BFB club room at Park Rd at 11:00 AM
November 22nd "Packing/Re-Packing go bags for ARES deployment" at Wilgrove Park at 11:00 AM
December 17th "Packing/Re-Packing go bags for ARES deployment" at 11:00 AM and
December 17th "Digital Messaging" at 12:30 PM Both of the December classes will be held at WB4NCQ house unless otherwise noted In January and February the dates are TBD but they will be focused on Packet VHF go-box's using the W4BFB go-box's which locations will be at the W4BFB clubroom and Freedom Park On Field Day 2017 will be doing a demo of go-box uses and message handling during a deployment. Also while at a Field Day site there will be a emphasis on sending a picture via RF. Which through these classes will help show sending and receiving messages and will also show how to send attachments to be sent via RF.
Everyone is welcome to attend any or all of the training, with possible size of classes please e-mail with a RSVP for what class you'd like to attend.
73 - Cliff Greene - WB4NCQ - Mecklenburg County ARES EC
(posted 9/4/2016)
New Mecklenburg County ARES EC .
Within the past month there has been a change in leadership with the Mecklenburg Emergency Coordinator. We would like to thank Tony KE4VVF of his years of service, and would like to welcome Cliff Greene WB4NCQ as the newly appointed Emergency Coordinator of Mecklenburg County.
73 - Cliff Greene - WB4NCQ - Mecklenburg County ARES EC
(posted 4/27/2016")
Packet RMS Gateways now Require Password Logon .
When using a Packet RMS Gateway you will be given a 3 digit challenge code. To log in you must enter the characters of your password that correspond to the digits in the challenge code. Example: if your password is ABCDEFG and the challenge code is 146 then you would enter ADF followed by 3 random characters to log in. A is the 1st letter of your password, D is the 4th letter of your password and F is the 6th letter of your password. The challenge number indicates which characters of your password you need to enter. This log in method eliminates the need to transmist your entire password where other users can read it every time you check in via packet radio.
73 - Tony Lewis - KE4VVF - Mecklenburg County ARES EC
(posted 4/27/2016")
RMS Express now Requires Password to Access Winlink 2000 Servers .
On the RMS Express Setup page, enter the password of your choice in the "My Password" field, place a check mark in the "Require Password on Connection" field and enter your email address into the "Password Recovery E-mail" field. If you ever lose your RMS Express Password you can have it sent to you email address by pressing the "Request Password to be sent to recovery e-mail" button
73 - Tony Lewis - KE4VVF - Mecklenburg County ARES EC

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This page last revised:  09/04/2016 06:05:00 AM