2018 ARES/RACES Tactical Communications Plan


The 2018 edition of the ARES/RACES Tactical Communications Plan is ready for download.  The plan has updated information on new repeaters added to the SCHEART network in 2017.

Thanks to all the people who have submitted input this document and those who allow their repeaters to be used by ARES.  Most of all, thanks to the many amateur operators who routinely train and exercise ensuring they are ready to support emergency communications for South Carolina.


Roger KD4JQJ

SC ARES Tactical plan V4.4a

DMR Instruction and Training


March 17th  10AM – 12PM
American Red Cross Building, 1601 W Lucas St., Florence SC

Florence Representatives of the South Carolina Communications Group, sponsored by the SC Department of Emergency Management, will be conducting the training session.  This Training is designed to develop skills in this new technology called DMR or Digital Mobile Radio. South Carolina has developed a statewide UHF radio system to supplement the South Carolina Emergency Auxiliary Communications Network by using trained and qualified hams to assist when normal communications outlets are not available and/or overloaded. Also new Federal directives are in their infant stages requiring more extensive use of amateur radio in medical facilities.

The March training will consist of basic and intermediate DMR terms and concepts, operation and programming requirements to effectively operate most DMR transceivers being sold on the amateur market. The material will also overview DMR Hotspots such as the Shark RF Openspot and Raspberry Pi Variants .  System Discussion will include the NC/SC PRN  and the Brandmeister system.

For further information


Donald Bryant, KB4RRC 843-615-0277
Lloyd Mitchell,  KO4L     843-601-1481

ARES/RACES 2017 Tactical Communications Plan


SC ARES Tactical plan V4.3

The 2017 ARES/RACES Auxiliary Communications Tactical Guide contains new information on ARES organizational structure, changes in SCHEART repeater information and better clarifies auxiliary communication functions during an emergency.  Latest addition includes new DMR repeaters at Clemson and Pickens.

The V4.3 update release on March 9th is to correct an error in the DMR frequency table.  Murrells Inlet repeater frequency was incorrectly listed and has been corrected to reflect 441.8875 Mhz transmit and 446.8875 receive.  Thanks to W2FTV for reporting the error.