Emergency Communications

Whether EmComm is your passion, or you just want to touch base with other hams when storms hit, there are a couple ways to stay involved in our emergency communications!

Use Our 2 Meter Communications Infrastructure

- First check our NEMARC repeater on 145.270. As long as the repeater is up, continue to monitor there.

- If the repeater is down, use 146.595 simplex.

As fellow hams, we are always here for each other on our NEMARC e-mail group (until we lose Internet), 145.270 NEMARC repeater and 146.595 FM simplex (as long as we individually have emergency backup power). Whether just providing moral support, sharing the event, letting each other know our local conditions or physically assisting each other if needed, our 2 meter communications infrastructure is set up with exactly that in mind. Even if we lose Internet, we can keep in touch, share info, provide support and share the event on the repeater as long as it is up and 146.595 FM simplex, if it goes down.

We encourage all hams in Harford, Baltimore, Cecil and York counties to set up a viable 2M station at your home (HTs aren't going to cut it if we need simplex). 2M simplex requires no other infrastructure whatsoever to stay in constant communication.

50 watt 2M rigs are cheap these days. For an antenna, even if it is just putting a small 2M antenna like this in your attic (higher outside is better), you'll likely do very well. This antenna, only 5.5 feet high, will likely allow you to cover a significant portion of the county on simplex, indoors from your attic:

Dean, KA3YJM covers much of Harford County very well, using this small, Diamond X50a antenna in the attic of his town home!


Or this one, which is even a foot smaller (but sacrifices some gain):


Harford County ARES / RACES

If you want to get into public service communications, Steven, K2EJ and Jeff, KB3LFG would love to have your help! You can learn all about that here:


We are looking forward to hearing you on 2 meters!