Welcome to the Kitsap County ARES/RACES/ACS.

To be active, be proactive. Check into our nets. Participate in training and public service events. Simply get involved and you become a part of the team.

On our primary net, we make announcements about upcoming events and activities. The best way to become involved is to listen to and check in on the nets and to participate in events and activities.

Our primary net is Sunday evenings at 7:30 PM local time.

  • 145.43 MHz (tone 179.9 Hz)
    Our main repeater
    in Silverdale

  • 224.42 MHz (tone 88.5 Hz)
    Linked full-time
    on Bainbridge Island

  • 442.200 MHz (tone of 103.5 Hz)
    Linked full-time
    in Poulsbo

  • 440.450 MHz (tone of 103.5 Hz)
    Linked full-time
    in Indianola

  • 444.475 MHz (tone 103.5 Hz)
    Linked during nets and activations
    on Bainbridge Island

Remember to key up your transmitter, wait a moment to allow the subtones and link repeaters to activate, and then begin speaking. Otherwise, the beginning of our transmission will be chopped off.

Other nets.

  • HF net
    Sunday at 19:00 local time
    (early check-ins 18:45 local time)
    28.330 MHz, with an alternate of 28.335 MHz

  • Six-meter net
    Sunday at 19:00 local time
    52.43 MHz FM simplex

  • Packet net Sunday at 19:00 local time
    145.63 MHz or 223.58 MHz
    connect to POCHAT

In the event of repeater failure, we operate on 145.43 MHz simplex.

Emergency Worker Card: We request volunteers acquire an emergency worker card from Kitsap County Department of Emergency Management (DEM). Having the card is required to respond to Kitsap County DEM managed incidents.

The applications for new or renewal emergency worker cards are here: www.kitsapdem.org/applications.aspx

Participation in other public service communications activates not managed by Kitsap County DEM does not require the emergency worker card, but having the card makes it easier for you to volunteer for Kitsap County DEM managed incidents.

At various key locations around Kitsap County, pre-staged equipment is ready so that when called upon ARES/RACES/ACS volunteers can provide communications support during an emergency or disaster.

Another aspect to amateur radio communications is our ability to set up communications posts wherever needed. Most amateur radio operators have their own equipment, fixed, mobile, and/or portable. This ability to establish communications from anywhere to anywhere at any time is a valuable resource to our served agencies and the community.

Test all of your equipment and your ability to operate from home, while mobile, and/or by setting up a portable communications station in the field. Check your home, your car, your grab-and-go bag (a collection of equipment you can take to an incident scene in order to set up communications). Ensure you are ready to respond when called upon.

In recent meetings with our served agencies, discussions included scenarios where amateur radio operators might be requested to provide communications support in the field. Let us make sure we are ready to do that.

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