Juneau Amateur Radio Club, Inc.

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Amateur Radio Emergency Service

This page is a jumping off point for information, news, links, and materials for the  Southeast Alaska Amateur Radio Emergency Services
We are comprised of members of the Juneau Amateur Radio Club and other licensed operators who have a desire to provide communications in the event of an emergency or disaster. We have members in all parts of Juneau, Gustavus, Haines and Hoonah. The ARES net meets on the Mt Roberts repeater each Tuesday at 7PM. We have been having up to 15 hams checking in. It only takes about 10 minutes and provides good practice
for any events that could overwhelm our community. The Northern Southeast Alaska
Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) net operates with participation from Haines,
Gustavus, and Juneau. The purposes of this net are to check on the readiness of ARES
members and their equipment, to make announcements pertaining to amateur radio, to
conduct informal training and to give members experience in managing a net. All are
welcome to check in. We hope to see you on the radio!

We use the JARC linked repeater system for our weekly net, which provides coverage from Juneau to Haines. Should all parts of the JARC repeater system fail we also have the ability to use a “stand alone” repeater at Pederson Hill, which covers most of the Juneau area.

ARRL offers online training for hams who want to participate in the Amateur Radio Emergency Service.  
The time for training is before a disaster...not during one.
Two courses make up the ARRL ARES® training program. Enroll Today at www.arrl.org/online-course-catalog and for the annual national SkyWarn net, and other “on air” events.

For additional information contact Larry, at 907-789-0771, KL7IWC, The Emergency Coordinator Northern Southeast Alaska Amateur Radio Emergency Services.

This page was last Updated on: 03/15/2012
Handheld communications provide mobile communications when telephone and/or mobile phone services are inoperative. 
                                                                                                                                               Glenn Sicks, KL0QZ
The Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) net meets on 146.64 and 147.00 Mhz at 19:00 on Tuesdays.

  • ARES Net occurs every Tuesday at 7pm
  • ARES members meet every 1st Wednesday of the month, 6pm at the NWS Office
  • Community Preparedness: CERT program co-sponsored by JARC
  • SKYWARN the link between Ham Radio and the National Weather Service

AM Radio Waves
Video on Earth's Magnetic Field here
Earth's magnetic field (also known as the geomagnetic field), which has a direct effect on radio waves,  is the magnetic field that extends from the Earth's inner core to where it meets the solar wind, a stream of energetic particles emanating from the Sun. It is approximately the field of a magnetic dipole tilted at an angle of 11 degrees with respect to the rotational axis—as if there were a bar magnet placed at that angle at the center of the Earth. However, unlike the field of a bar magnet, Earth's field changes over time because it is really generated by the motion of molten iron alloys in the Earth's outer core (the geodynamo). The Magnetic North Pole wanders, fortunately slowly enough that the compass is useful for navigation. At random intervals (averaging several hundred thousand years) the Earth's field reverses (the north and south geomagnetic poles change places with each other). These reversals leave a record in rocks that allow paleomagnetists to calculate past motions of continents and ocean floors as a result of plate tectonics. The region above the ionosphere, and extending several tens of thousands of kilometers into space, is called the magnetosphere. This region protects the Earth from cosmic rays that would strip away the upper atmosphere, including the ozone layer that protects the earth from harmful ultraviolet radiation.
A note To: Northern SE Alaska ARES Members
FM: ARRL District Emergency Coordinator, Larry Walter KL7IWC
Subject: ARRL Formal Messages
Ref A: ARRL ARES Field Resources Manual Pages 33 thru 42
1. This ARES Notice will cover formal ARRL messages and message handling. There are times when it is desirable to send a formal message such as record traffic where we need a record and accountability for the message sent. This could be but is not limited to Health and Welfare messages, Emergency Messages, and messages being input into the ARRL National Traffic System. The format for an ARRL message is covered in reference A. If you do not have a copy of the ARES Field Resources Manual it can be purchased from the ARRL store or downloaded from the ARRL web site at www.arrl.org (see ARES Notice 2-13).
2. Page 34 is the standard Disaster Welfare Message form. Page 38 is the Standard ARRL Radiogram. Pads of ARRL Radiogram forms can be obtained from the ARRL store. Radiogram message blanks should be used for all formal messages. Copies of messages, both incoming and outgoing, should be kept in the station records for at least one year.
3. The attached pages contain amplifying information and a printable Radiogram message blank. It is requested that each registered ARES station prepare a DRILL Radiogram for transition on the Tuesday night VHF Net. Address the message to;
Larry Walter KL7IWC
PO Box 33915
Juneau, AK 99803
907-723-0772 to add text.
 In the future, the Net Control Operator will ask “are there any messages for KL7IWC?” One or more
of the members (not including Net Control) should have prepared a message per KL7IWC’s request.
Net Control will direct the message to one of the operators checking in that night. The Operator will
take down the message in ARRL format, transform it to an email and send the email to KL7IWC
(KL7IWC@aol.com.)add text.