RACES, The Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service Fundamentals Part 1

The Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service (RACES) is a standby radio service provided for by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) rules and regulations governing amateur radio in the United States.

The concept of a standby “Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service” (RACES) is to replace the conventional “Amateur Radio Service” during wartime. This was developed in 1952 as result of input from the American Radio Relay League and the Department of the Army’s Office of Civil Defense..

The resulting standby RACES service was designed to provide a quick and smoother transition in the event the President ever needed to silence the regular Amateur Radio Service again when invoking the War Powers Act.

RACES is normally administrated by a local, county, or state civil defense agency responsible for disaster services.  They have been utilized in local emergencies by both federal and local agencies.  RACES does provide some good training.  Personally, I am not a member but know people who are.  The following is part 1 of a good presentation on radio usage.  This is a copywrite program, but I have been give permission to post it.

Part 2 will be published tomorrow.

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One Response to RACES, The Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service Fundamentals Part 1

  1. Ed Harris says:

    These materials are co-hosted at the Federal Communications Commission Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau clearing house at this link:

    http://transition.fcc.gov/pshs/clearinghouse/cert.html

    This training is used by CERT Teams in Fairfax County, Virginia and in the Washington, D.C. area.

    CERT – Portable Radio Fundamentals (Part 1)
    CERT – Portable Radio Fundamentals (Part 2)
    Radio Fundamentals – Instructor Guide (Part 1)
    Radio Fundamentals – Instructor Guide (Part 2)
    Radio Leader Brief (Part 1)
    Radio Leader Brief (Part 2)
    Fairfax County CERT Communications Log
    Fairfax County CERT Communications Plan
    Family Radios Service(FRS) and General Mobile Radio Service(GMRS) FAQs

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