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TCARES Overview


The Travis County Amateur Radio Emergency Services (TCARES) provides emergency communications to several served agencies with the motto "When All Else Fails". Monthly meetings are held the 4th Tuesday of the month at 7:00 pm at the Applied Research Lab, 10000 Burnet Road. Weekly Nets are each Sunday evening at 7:00 pm on the 147.36 repeater (tone 131.8). Activities include training, certifications, exercises, and events, in addition to responses to communication incidents. Visit our website http://tcares.org/ for more information

Our served agencies include:

  • ARCHES (Amateur Radio Communication Hospitals Emergency System) provides back-up voice and packet communications between 15 area hospitals and the Emergency Operations Center
  • ADRN (Austin Disaster Recovery Network) - supplements ham radio operations to needs assessment and disaster recovery efforts
  • EOC (Combined City of Austin and Travis County Emergency Operations Center) ARES equips and mans a radio room connected to the EOC that commands all emergencies in the city and county
  • Infrastructure Awareness gathers information on the functionality of basic infrastructure and provides that information through MARS to the Department of Defense and Homeland Security in the event of terrorist or cyberattack
  • Natural Disasters can make communications infrastructure inoperable, non-functional or overloaded. ARES provides back-up communications locally, in adjacent counties or regionally with the Austin Rapid Response Team
  • National Weather Service - Weather nets are activated any time a severe weather warning is issued for Travis County. Weather reports according to SkyWarn guidelines are reported through the WX net to the NWS, all area EOCs, and all Austin TV stations through a controlled chat room.
  • Red Cross in addition to providing back-up communications as needed, ARES maintains the antennas at the Central Texas Red Cross Center on Pershing Drive
  • VOAD/CERT communications are provided to member agencies as required

If you are interested in supporting one or more of these served agencies, please join us on our weekly nets or monthly meetings.


TCARES Training Net

Sunday Night Net is held @ 19:00 local time on the 147.36 MHz (+) repeater (131.8 Hz tone), or backup frequencies if required.

Travis County ARES (TCARES) holds two training nets each Sunday evening. The first net is a voice net and proper radio techniques are practiced. Important information is also shared regarding upcoming events. The backup repeater is 146.94 MHz (-) with a tone of 107.2 Hz. If needed, the simplex frequency of 146.58 MHz will be used. The second scheduled net is a packet net and is used to test our skills and equipment using 1200-baud Packet to support WinLink/Airmail operations. The Packet Net is held at 20:00 local time on 145.73 Mhz. Use the Unconnected mode.

In an emergency, tune to the Resource and Information Net on the 147.36 MHz repeater.  During a weather event, tune to the SkyWarn and Information Net on the 146.94 MHz repeater.

The table below is the schedule for Net Control operators:

Week #
(day of month)
Odd Months:
Jan, Mar, May, Jul, Sep, Nov
Even Months:
Feb, Apr, Jun, Aug, Oct, Dec 
1st (1-7) K5MSK KF5JLK
2nd (8-14)K5EJLKG5RXG
3rd (15-21)KF5YTZW5MAE
4th (22-28)N5DFWN0GSZ
5th (29-31)AC5KWKE5DTP

TCARES has several training videos available on YouTube. Visit https://www.youtube.com/user/TravisCountyARES

Presentations

2018-08-28 -- Army Futures Command Activation (PDF format), by KG5DLD (Kerby)

2018-09-23 -- Backup Generators, by KG5DLD (Kerby)


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