We had a very good turn-out for the monthly joint meeting of the Madison County ARES and the HMC RACES. These are held in the basement Emergency Operations Center of the Huntsville-Madison County Emergency Management Agency, usually on the 2nd Thursday of each month. ( Here is the EMA’s website. ) (Here is the ARES/RACES website.)
Each month we typically have reports from the various groups and served-agency liasions. This includes the EMA, the local Red Cross Chapter, VOAD, MARS, CERT, the Huntsville radio club, the MSFC radio club, SKYWARN & the ARRL.
There is always lively discussion regarding recent weather events, disaster preparedness issues and concerns, membership training, and of course – ham radio in general . . . These meetings are open to the general public, but you may find yourself drawn into the desire to obtain the FCC license to operate your own ham radio station. This group maintains the http://hmcraces.org website, primarily for internal communications – but the public section often has bulletins of interest. There is also information there to help you find the meetings, if you would like to join us. If you have a ham radio license or a VHF scanner, you can listen to our weekly practice nets every Thursday at 7:30pm on the 146.94 repeater. We actively encourage all licensed hams in Madison County to register with us even if you don’t actively participate. We maintain a database of licensed operators, just in case we ever need to call out everyone we can get… We support a large population center, and in the event of a disaster there are many public-service agencies that will need our communications support. That’s what we do – That’s why we are here. Please join us.