KD4CAL RACES - Calhoun Co. AL

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Station KD4CAL at Calhoun Co. EMA - 911 EOC:

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.

Calhoun County RACES Emergency Comms. Trailer (WX4CAL):

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.  

Station KJ4RVG at RMC Hospital Anniston, AL:

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 Repeater 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)  

Upcoming Events:

Monday, Oct 16 at 7:00 PM - 7:45 PM
Monday, Oct 23 at 7:00 PM - 7:45 PM
Monday, Oct 30 at 7:00 PM - 7:45 PM
Wednesday, Nov 1 All Day

Calhoun County

   

RACES Repeater Information:

 

146.780- Primary EMCOMMS

145.280- D-STAR

443.350+ D-STAR

 

The Calhoun County ARES/RACES EMA Training Net meets every Monday night @ 7:00PM on 146.780-.

Important NOAA Weather Radio Information:

NOAA Weather Radio All Hazards (NWR) is a nationwide network of radio stations broadcasting continuous weather information directly from the nearest National Weather Service office. NWR broadcasts official Weather Service warnings, watches, forecasts and other hazard information 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.


To ensure that you are receiving the correct weather information for Calhoun County, AL make sure your weather radio is set to Channel 4 (162.475MHz) and the Specific Area Message Encoding (SAME) code is 001015.

Important Weather Terms To Know:

FLOOD WATCH — Conditions are right for flooding to happen soon.

FLOOD WARNING — Flooding is occurring. Be prepared to evacuate if told to do so.

SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH — Severe thunderstorms are possible in your area.

SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING — Severe thunderstorms are occurring.

TORNADO WATCH — Tornadoes are possible in your area. Remain alert for approaching storms.

TORNADO WARNING — A tornado has been sighted or indicated by weather radar. If you are in a designated tornado warning area and the sky becomes threatening, move to your pre-designated place of safety.