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TCARES Overview

The Travis County Amateur Radio Emergency Services (TCARES) provides emergency communications to several served agencies with the motto "When All Else Fails". Monthly meetings are held the 4th Tuesday of the month at 7:00 pm at the Applied Research Lab, 10000 Burnet Road. Weekly Nets are each Sunday evening at 7:00 pm on the 147.36 repeater (tone 131.8). Activities include training, certifications, exercises, and events, in addition to responses to communication incidents. Visit our website for more information

Our served agencies include:

  • ARCHES (Amateur Radio Communication Hospitals Emergency System) provides back-up voice and packet communications between 15 area hospitals and the Emergency Operations Center
  • ADRN (Austin Disaster Recovery Network) - supplements ham radio operations to needs assessment and disaster recovery efforts
  • EOC (Combined City of Austin and Travis County Emergency Operations Center) ARES equips and mans a radio room connected to the EOC that commands all emergencies in the city and county
  • Infrastructure Awareness gathers information on the functionality of basic infrastructure and provides that information through MARS to the Department of Defense and Homeland Security in the event of terrorist or cyberattack
  • Natural Disasters can make communications infrastructure inoperable, non-functional or overloaded. ARES provides back-up communications locally, in adjacent counties or regionally with the Austin Rapid Response Team
  • National Weather Service - Weather nets are activated any time a severe weather warning is issued for Travis County. Weather reports according to SkyWarn guidelines are reported through the WX net to the NWS, all area EOCs, and all Austin TV stations through a controlled chat room.
  • Red Cross in addition to providing back-up communications as needed, ARES maintains the antennas at the Central Texas Red Cross Center on Pershing Drive
  • VOAD/CERT communications are provided to member agencies as required

If you are interested in supporting one or more of these served agencies, please join us on our weekly nets or monthly meetings.

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