About the Club

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Madison County Amateur Radio Club

President – Pat Lightcap K4NRD

Vice President – Bob Downey WA1TCC

Secretary – Gina McCulley W4GNA

Treasurer – Sarah Anderson KD4SMA

Trustee – Jim Anderson W4FAO

We are the Madison County Amateur Radio Club. A group of Radio Amateurs who band together to talk radio and have fun and support each other. We can help you join this community. If interested in Amateur Radio contact us and we will assist you in the process of getting a license and joining our close knit fraternity. Only one of our activities is supporting ARES in Madison county but we take it as our most important!

MADISON COUNTY AMATEUR RADIO EMERGENCY SERVICE (ARES)

Emergency Coordinator for Madison County – Pat Lightcap K4NRD

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We are a small volunteer group that can provide emergency communications in a crisis. We also assist in communications in other functions when needed. We provide our own equipment, time, and other resources at our own expense. It is a violation of FCC Rules and Regulations for Amateur Radio operators to accept any pay for their services. The only acceptable pay is the satisfaction that we may have made a difference!

The Madison County ARES (Amateur Radio Emergency Services) meets at 6:30 P.M. every 2nd Tuesday. The group meets at the Madison County Emergency Operations Center located at 1083 SW Harvey Greene Drive, Madison, FL. 32340. All Hams and non-Hams are invited to attend the meetings.

We hold a weekly repeater net. This is where licensed area operators do a check in by Call sign to a Net control Operator using our roster. This net is held every Sunday night at 9 P.M. on the repeater frequency of 145.190 FM. All Amateurs are invited to check in.

Our little group

COMMUNICATIONS ANTENNAS AT LOCAL EOC

On a sunny and warm January afternoon members of Amateur Radio Emergency Services (ARES) gathered at the new Madison County Emergency Operations Center to install radio antennas.  The County moved the antennas from the old site at the County Jail and the Ham Operators agreed to install the antennas and run the feedline to the radio equipment in the Communications Room. Patrick Lightcap, Emergency Coordinator for Madison County ARES said, “We now have VHF radios covering the area from Tallahassee to Lake City and HF radio covering the world operational from our local EOC.” ARES is made up of volunteer licensed Amateur Radio operators who give of their time, expertise and equipment to provide emergency communications when ever needed.

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Dedicated Hams installed the various antennas for our communications room at the EOC. We have VHF communication antennas for 2 Meter voice and sedan, a UHF antenna for communications, and a HF “long wire” antenna for communication!

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