Jackson County ARES/RACES

The primary purpose of Jackson County ARES/RACES (JCAR) is to provide severe weather spotting and emergency communication assistance to the Jackson County EMA and the National Weather Service, as well as providing emergency communications to all local authorities if needed during any emergency in the area.


JCAR holds regularly scheduled monthly meetings on the second Saturday of each month at Western Sizzlin’ in Scottsboro. Meetings begin at 10:00am with those interested in having breakfast may arrive around 9:30am. All JCAR Members, local HAMs, and anyone interested in amateur radio are encouraged to attend. For more information on meetings please see here.

The Jackson County ARES Net is held each Thursday evening at 7:30pm on the 146.90 repeater. For more information please see our Repeater and Net information here.



Huntsville Hamfest
August 15th & 16th, 2015

The annual Huntsville Hamfest is coming up! For full info please visit the official Huntsville Hamfest site at http://hamfest.org.


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Jackson County Fair

Jackson County ARES/RACES and Amateur Radio Club were present at the annual Jackson County Fair this year. The booth was fully operational each night with VHF, UHF, HF, Digital, and Satellite Tracking stations. Saturday evening was also the Boy Scouts of America annual workshop where our members demonstrated Amateur Radio to the Scouts and Scout Leaders including portable operation, Go-Boxes, and Digital Modes.

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Jackson County ARES Meeting

The first ARES group meeting was held on Thursday, June 25th at the Jackson County EOC. Pictured from left to right:

Wayne Reed (K4TTZ – Madison County AEC), Richard Shrader (W4RBS), Richard Arnold (KB4RMA), Brad Arnold (K4NHA), Bob Hayes (WD4CZV), Paul Smith (KK4VYI), and Brad Ivey (KK4UWF). Not pictured and behind the camera was Tim Holland (KK5H – Madison County EC).

Special thanks to Tim and Wayne from Huntsville/Madison County RACES for coming out to help us get ARES up and running in Jackson County!

The next meeting will be Thursday, July 23rd, 6:00pm – 7:00pm at the Jackson County EOC. All persons interested in ARES and serving a vital role in your community are invited to attend.



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JCAR at Fort Payne HAM Tailgate

Several JCAR Members were in attendance at this year’s HAM Tailgate sponsored by DeKalb County Amateur Radio Club in Fort Payne Alabama on Saturday, May 30, 2015.

Pictured from left to right: Cactus Gay (K4YMB), Jim Clifford (NK4V), Pete Mercer (KK4UYP), Jerry Rossano (N4JR), Cora Mercer (K4KTZ), and Kenneth Clemons (NJ4C).


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