During an emergency is not the time to brush up on or learn new skills. There is no substitute for training and practice.
Adams County Training Net
Every Wednesday, 7:00 PM local time on the 147.63/.03 (103.5 tone) repeater. If 147.030 is unavailable, 146.34/.94 (103.5 tone) is to be used.
Pike County ARES net
Every Thursday evening at 8:00 PM local time on 146.025/.625 (103.5 tone) repeater in Hannibal.
Hancock County ARES net
Every Thursday evening at approximately 8:10 PM (right after the Big Bend ARC net) on 147.705/.105 (103.5 tone) repeater in Carthage
ARES HF nets
SSB - Every 1st and 3rd Sunday at 4:30 PM local time, 3.905 MHz LSB. Checkins are taken by district and county. Alternate frequencies are 7.230 and 5.4035 MHz. All Illinois ARES members are encouraged to check in, follow net control operator intructions.
Digital - Every 2nd Sunday . Format varied from a a directed digital net to a simple message exercise.
ARES Frequencies used locally
Primary VHF repeater
147.030 repeater for nets, training, emergency or otherwise. +.600 offset, uses 103.5 PL tone to access. Located on the KHQA TV tower. Antenna is at 535 feet AGL. Range is roughly 60 miles for the average mobile station. It, along with all repeaters at KHQA, has emergency generator power.
Secondary VHF repeater
146.940 backup for 147.030, has emergency power. -.600 offset, uses 123.0 PL tone to access. Located on the WGEM TV tower, antenna height 200 feet AGL. Range is roughly 45 miles and has a definte null to the west. The 146.94 repeater is also used by the Adams County EMA for severe weather and other emergencies.
147.195 and 441.89375 MHz D-STAR. The reason for mentioning the D-STAR system is it can easily be linked to W9DUA in Springfield which can be monitored by the state RACES station, NC9IL.
443.900, +5 MHz offset, 103.5 PL tone, on emergency power. Coverage is a 30 mile radious from Quincy.
441.89375 MHz D-STAR +5 MHz offset
Primary VHF Simplex
146.490 simplex. This will be the main simplex frequency for use in Adams County for ARES use.
Secondary VHF Simplex
147.480 Secondary simplex frequency for Adams County ARES use.
Primary UHF Simplex
Secondary UHF Simplex
446.100 (recomemnded for simplex use during river flooding when Red Cross is involved).
145.610 coordinated by the Illinois Repeater Association for RACES and ARES Winlink 2000 (RMS Packet) digipeater and gateway stations, emergency use only. RMS packet/gateway station NG9R-10 is on 145.610. The Adams County EMA will soon have an RMS Gateway/digipeater in 145.610 that should provide coverage to all of Adams County as well as parts of mahy surrounding counties. You can download RMS Express here
There is still some limited APRS packet activity on 144.390, but nothing in the way of local digipeaters or gateways.
Public Service frequencies
Quincy Police Department 155.625
All Fire Departmetns inside Adams County, including Quincy FD 154.310
Adams County Sherriff 155.745
Adams County EMA 151.235
ARES people you need to know
Brad Pioveson, W9FX, Illinois State Emergency Coordinatior (SEC), Illinois RACES Radio Officer (RRO) brad at w9fx.net
Gary Shanks KA9FAJ Illinois District 6 Emergecy Coordinator (DEC), Hancock County Emergency Coordinator (EC), Illinois RACES District 6 District RACES Officer (DRO) ka9faj at yahoo.net
Danny Pease NG9R Adams County Emergency Coordiantor (EC), Illinois ARES District 6 Assistant District Emergency Coordinator (ADEC), Illinois RACES District 6 Deputy District RACES Officer (DDRO) dpease at adams.net
Fritz Bock WD9FMB Peoria County Illinois ARES Emergency Coordinator, Illinois ARES District 6 Assistant District Emergency Coordinator firstname.lastname@example.org
John Simon N9TMM, Adams County EMA Director
Roger Huner, KC9KZW, Adams County EMA Training officer
Don Cole, ND9U, Adams County EMA Radio Officer (acting)
AUXCOMM Field Operating Guide
AUXCOMM class overview
ICS213 modified ARES
Training net preamble
Emergency Exercise preamble
Emergency net preamble
Other Emergency Preparedness Sites
ILDOT road conditions
Adams County EMA
Adams County Emergency Operations Plan
Adams County Chapter of the Red Cross
National Weather Service Field Spotter Guide
Weather Spotters Field Guide