Radio Amateur Civil
Emergency Services (R.A.C.E.S.)
The Radio Amateur
Civil Emergency Services (RACES)
serves as the lead agency and government point-of-contact for auxiliary
communication resources. Their El Paso EOC phone is 838-3219.
Their e-mail address is ELPRACES@elpasotexas.gov
Information on this
web posting is provided for expedient
volunteers (?walk-ins?) without previous contact as well as monitors. If
are a licensed Amateur operator, apply to be
considered for a RACES position. If you have a VHF/UHF radio
receiver, monitor our frequencies during activations for public
information. New trainees should be trained prior to events?contact the
District Officer as above.
operation remains secondary to safety. At
all times, protection of your own life, family and property comes
first. Then, widen your influence to neighbors who might need
stabilization and assistance.
communication resources will be utilized only
during communication emergencies - that is, when such
could actually enhance official response/recovery efforts. The Net
Station is responsible for the Net.
Area - the concept-of-operations
calls for operators widely distributed throughout the County; your
probably represent your ZIP code. Some operators may have other
duties. Do not ?drive around to see if you can help?. The communication
system needs to know the location of stations, their status and
Protocol will be observed after
events if active Nets are not in operation. Monitor the noted
(on the hour or according to the QST cycle) beginning at 0700 local time
every 3 hours after that.
Tone Zero) can be used to attract
attention for urgent traffic during active radio Nets. Transmit Zero
a DTMF keypad for 3+ seconds.
will generally begin at :00, :15, :30, or
Be careful not to
spread rumors; circulate only official or
verifiable information. All traffic is logged and becomes public record.
and their related planning concepts should
be used to contact official response and recovery programs and
resources. Please use these radio resources and do not otherwise
?traditional? contact or privately-developed supplemental pathways.
frequency below until re-assigned by Net
Control. Simplex is primary?use RACES repeaters ONLY if absolutely
required. Not all frequencies will be actively monitored at all
keep all frequencies clear for official traffic.
National calling [In-transit]
The West side of
will have the poorest signal
may be assigned to RACES repeaters or
frequencies and coordinated through function-specific RACES officers and
Band operation will be monitored on
Channels 19 and 9 if possible. This resource focuses on
transportation-related issues. Relatively limited range.
(FRS)/GMRS ??Channel One
Listens?; effective public range is extremely limited. This resource may
be useful for gathering information immediately around you that should
relayed to the El Paso