The Calhoun County RACES station KD4CAL is located in the Calhoun County EMA Emergency Operation Center in Jacksonville, AL. This building also houses the Calhoun County 9-1-1 District and the Alabama Regional Communications System. (See below for more information on these other agencies.)
The Calhoun County RACES station KD4CAL equipment includes 2 Kenwood TS-2000 all band HF/VHF/UHF transceivers and an ICOM ID-800 2M/440 D-STAR transceiver.
Any and all Nets activated from the EOC will use the KD4CAL callsign.
Other agencies located at the EOC:
The Calhoun County EMA's goal is to protect the health, safety and economic interests of the residents of Calhoun County by reducing the impacts of natural and man-made hazards. The EMA is the agency responsible for coordinating with state and federal agencies to assure the citizens of Calhoun County are prepared and accommodated before, during, and after a disaster strikes. We are also here to assist local governments with basic disaster capabilities.
The Calhoun County 9-1-1 District Communications Center is a state of the art work environment. All calls are processed using the PlantCML Sentinel and Aries CAD/Map IP answering platform, allowing call takers the ability to enter and correct information, send information to the agencies we serve, and create incidents to document each call that comes in. The center has eight dedicated lines (911 Trunks) and four dispatch lines, allowing for twelve calls to come into the center at one time. Calhoun County 9-1-1 is the single Public Safety Answering Point (PSAP) in Calhoun County, answering all 9-1-1 calls and making notifications to the appropriate Police, Fire or EMS agency per their jurisdictional lines. The Operations Manager works with the management of each agency in Calhoun County to ensure that the agencies are receiving the information that they need to respond to an emergency.
The Alabama Regional Communications System (ARCS) is the State of Alabama‘s oldest and largest Project 25 interoperable communications system. Originally developed as part of the Chemical Stockpile Emergency Preparedness Program (CSEPP), the ARCS provides mission-critical communications services to more than 3,200 users.
The Calhoun County RACES Emergency Communications Trailer equipment includes 2 Motorola Astro Spectra 800 Mhz transceivers and 3 ICOM ID-880 2M/440 D-STAR transceivers.
When not on EMA property Net Control Operators from the Emergency Commuincations Trailer will use the callsign of WX4CAL. This callsign will also used by any Net Control Operator who activates the Calhoun County RACES Emergency Net from any location other than the EOC.
When requested the Calhoun County RACES will operate station KJ4RVG at the North East Alabama Regional Medical Center in Anniston, AL. The equipment at this location includes an ICOM 2820H 2M/440 D-STAR transceiver and a Kenwood TS-2000 all band HF/VHF/UHF transceiver.
KJ4RVG is the callsign that will be used by any operator at this location.
Calhoun County RACES D-STAR Repeater.
Calhoun County RACES repeater antennas are located on this tower.
Repeaters for the Calhoun County RACES are located on Oak Mountain in the Coldwater Mountain range in Calhoun County. The equipment at the repeater site includes a Motorola MTR-2000 VHF Repeater 146.780- KG4EUD and ICOM D-STAR Repeaters VHF 145.280- C KI4JGK and UHF 443.350+ B KI4JGK.
This tower contains the Calhoun County EMA antennas.
(Photos courtesy of Randall Landers, KG4EUD)