Gaston County –ARES EMCOMM (Auxillary Communications)
The Gaston County EMCOMM meets at 6:30 PM, on the third Tuesday of each month at the Zion Baptist Church 2437 Propst Street, Gastonia, North Carolina.
Gaston County ARES EMCOMM holds four (4) regular nets each week (as ARES nets):
One net is held on the on the 147.120 (100 Hz tone) N4GAS repeater (Echolink callsign: N4GAS-R) in conjunction with the Gaston County Amateur Radio Society (GCARS) on Tuesday nights at 8:30 p.m. (EDT/EST)
There is also a net held on Tuesday nights at 8:00 pm (EDT/EST) on the 444.550 N4GAS repeater.
On Wednesday night at 8:30 p.m., the Gaston Radio Club (GRC) holds the “Simplex Net” on 146.505 MHz simplex, which is the ultimate test of VHF radio skill: point-to-point contact.
Thursday night has the fourth net, the Gastonia Area Amateur Radio Club (GAARC)/Amateur Radio Operator net on the 146.805 MHz (100 Hz tone) repeater at 8:30 p.m.
The Gaston County ARES EMCOMM is made up of amateur radio operators from around Gaston County who volunteer their time for communications duty in service to the public when emergencies or other public needs arise, providing vital communications when no others are available. The Gaston County ARES EMCOMM works closely with Gaston County Emergency Management and with several other agencies, (Red Cross, National Weather Service, FEMA, and local government officials) to assure the safety and welfare of the citizens of Gaston County should an emergency occur.
The Gaston County ARES EMCOMM was officially organized in February 2001, with members devoting their time and resources in establishing an organization that would help with local, state and national emergency communications plans. On November 23, 2016, Gaston County ARES also took on the role -officially- as Gaston County’s Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service (RACES) upon execution of a Memorandum of Agreement with the Gaston County Emergency Management Department as permitted by the F.C.C. under 47 CFR Parts 97.3 and 97.407; N.C. Gen. Stat Sec. 166A-19.5(b); and Gaston County Code of Ordinances Chapter 5, Secs. 5-3(c) and 5-5(5).
As of 2019, Gaston County ARES/RACES became integrated with the FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) and NC Emergency Management (NCEM) (under the N.C. Department of Public Safety) program of AUXCOMM due to a reorganization at the state level which was solidified with the addition of a SHARES station.