Communications and Public Service
There are established emergency service and prepper Ham radio organizations. VAOK reccomends that each member assocate with these to gain experience and build relationships.
Amateur Radio Emergency service (ARES), aresva.us
The Amateur Radio Emergency Service® (ARES) consists of licensed amateurs who have voluntarily registered their qualifications and equipment, with their local ARES leadership, for communications duty in the public service when disaster strikes.
SKYWARN® storm spotters are part of the ranks of citizens who form the Nation’s first line of defense against severe weather.
American Redoubt Radio Operators Network (AmRRON), amrron.com
AmRRON is committed to maintaining a continental network of radio operators for disaster response and civil defense, always ready to serve our communities, our states, our nation and our fellow countrymen with unconventional communications in times of need.
Amateur Radio Operators will use their transceivers to participate.
For HF nets you need a single sideband (SSB) capable receiver that will receive at least the 3 to 14 MHZ bands.
We recommend: CountyComm GP5-SSB ~$75 (Before September 1, 2016, this supplier will throw in a free case for VAOK members if you ask in the seller instructions at checkout and email firstname.lastname@example.org)
For local VHF & UHF nets, any analog scanner will work for VAOK and many other signals. However, If you want to monitor modern public service and trunking channels you need a P25 tier 2 capable receiver.
We recommend: Whistler WS1080
Ham Radio Nets
VAOK Local Nets
Most VHF-UHF nets are posted on the events calendar. Contact your chapter leadership.
South-west VA VHF call-in
Apple Orchard Mountain Repeater: 146.685 MHz, 100Hz tone
This repeater located near Bedford, VA has an effective range of 50 mi and sometimes further!
VAOK Radio Email
Used for field operations and training weekends.
Short routine and emergency messages can be sent to/from remote locations. While operating remotely, the mailbox will be checked regularly; all other times it is checked occasionally. Feel free to test it anytime to verify it’s function. We will respond upon receipt.
Give this info to your family members in case of emergency.
You must include “//wL2K” on the subject line
Body: please keep the message short to minimize radio bandwidth.
Unafiliated Comms Prep Organizations
In 2014, American Redoubt Radio Operators Network and The American Preparedness Radio Network combined into the national prepper communications organization under AmRRON.com. AMRRON.com is an excellent resource for prepper news and for learning and practicing your radio skills.
AmRRON Virginia Digital Net
TAPRN Eastern Voice Net
Prepper subject discussion (there is a chatroom for AmRRON Members)
2100 eastern, pre-net 2000
7.242 MHz Summer, 3.818 Winter (LSB)
Tune up the band to find them.