|Kendall Amateur Radio Society||
Community Activities & Emergency Communications
Radio Organizations and Licensed Volunteers
See our Incident Radio Communications Plan for interoperability with local assets. All frequencies are open to the general amateur radio community except channels 3, 4 and 5. These are marked as emergency and would be activated if needed at the time of the emergency. Each operator would need specific permission to use these channels. This would be provided by the KARS Emergency Coordinator if/when necessary.
|ARES is an organized group of amateur radio operators that can help out during an emergency with communication to any other amateur radio station in order to provide information vital to the overall operation of the emergency. The ARES groups are divided up into regions and sections. Be sure to look up what area you are in, identify the leadership for your area, and get involved in the training provided by that group. For more information see http://www.arrl.org/ares|
is a group of amateur radio operators authorized by the FCC to handle
emergency communications on special frequencies as defined in 47 Code
of Federal Regulations (CFR) Section 97 subsection 407.
RACES Organizations are licensed and controlled by the FCC.
Special training is required to be a RACES member. Look for the
nearest Civil Defense Agency in your area. For more information
local jurisdictions have groups of amateur radio operators that can be
activated during an emergency with predesigned duties to assist Public
Safety with their mission. Check
with your local amateur radio clubs for such groups. CERT (Citizens
Emergency Response Teams) is one such group. For more information
Beorne, TX, 2018 Berges Fest Parade
KARS was asked to provide communications along the Berges Fest Parade route. Berges Fest is Boerne's annual celebration of the town's German heritage. Members accompanied a Boerne Police Officer and other city officials at key locations along the route. Shown from left to right, Rod Vorndam, K9ROD, Kendall Country Emergency Coordinator. Next and in the jail cell, Darth Vader, Tom Allred Jr. and Tom Allred, a prominent Boerne broadcaster along with KARS President David Moore, N7RF.. Final shot, Rodney with John Wildenthal, KG5PHX, and Marsh Pronneke, WA5UBO at the far right.
where your interest lies, your radio operating ability, your physical
limitations, or you desire to help, seek out an organization in your
area and get involved.
You will not only find it very rewarding, but you will help
provide a service that in needed for Public Safety to accomplish their
mission. For more information see http://www.arrl.org/amateur-radio-emergency-communication
Note: In an emergency, seconds can sometimes make a
life-saving difference. Make sure your 9-1-1 address numbers are posted on
your house or business and are easy to see from the road. A well marked
location is much easier for firefighters, medical personnel and law
enforcement officers to find you when you need help. 9-1-1 blue
reflective address signs are available for you to purchase. The fee for
the signs are $15.00 for a single sided sign & $20.00 for a double
sided sign. Just click here: (http://www.co.kendall.tx.us/upload/page/0070/docs/Development/Address%20Sign%20Application.pdf)for
the form and send in with the fee. Someone from our office will contact
you when the sign is ready to be picked up. If you would like your 9-1-1
address sign mailed to you just add $5.20 to the fee for postage.
For 9-1-1 Rural Addressing & Permits contact: Elsa at 830-331-8253