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W4MCO

Orange County Emergency Amateur Radio Team

Orange County, Florida





What is Orange County Emergency Amateur Radio Team?

Orange County Emergency Amateur Radio Team is a group of Amateur Radio Operators volunteering their time and equipment to assist local government agencies and/or organizations in time of special needs.

We provide communication to Orange County ESF-2, local cities, the American Red Cross and other organizations when normal communications fail due to natural or man-made disaster.

We also provide communications for Public Service events such as parades, walkathons, bicycle rides, etc...

Our members are active on HF and digital modes as well as VHF/UHF voice. We have Voice Over IP capability, utilizing the EchoLink system, on our 442.525 repeater (W4MCO-R, Node number 593342). There is more information on that Here.
NOTE: The W4MCO-R EchoLink node is down until further notice!


Meetings

Our next regular meeting will be on Monday April 14, 2014 and will be held at the Orange County Emergency Operations Center, located at 6550 Amory Ct. Near the intersection of Forsyth Rd and University Blvd. The meeting is open to the public and starts at 7:00pm.
We will have a final report on this year's Tour de Cure, Field Day information, and a wrap up on the BikeMS. Also we may have a special guest. Details to follow. For additional information, contact a staff member.

On the last Saturday of every month at 09:00am we hold our "Fun Day" meeting/training at our Communications Center on Amory Court, adjacent to the Orange County EOC. This is a secure facility so you will need to make contact on the 442.525+ Repeater (146.730- alternate) when you are at the gate and you will be let in. Licensed Amateurs are also invited to attend this meeting/training. This meeting usually lasts until about Noon.


Nets

Our VHF net is held every Thursday evening at 19:00 local time on the 146.730 MHz repeater toned at 103.5 Hz. This VHF net is immediately followed by a UHF net on one of the UHF repeaters such as 442.525 MHz, 443.525 MHz or 442.700 MHz all toned at 103.5 Hz.
We also conduct an APRS net on the national frequency of 144.390 MHz at 19:00 local time on Thursdays. APRS check-ins for this net are usually accepted by either W4MCO or KD4TWJ, starting just a few minutes prior to the VHF voice net, and for the duration of the VHF voice net.
We also have a digital packet net, on the ORL SEDAN node, on 145.770 Mhz. Connect to ORL, then enter Talk at the prompt to enter the "chat" mode to check-in. This digital packet net also starts just a few minutes before our VHF voice net on Thursdays, and lasts for the duration of the VHF voice net.
All amateurs are welcome to check in.
The Net Manager is looking for Net Control stations.


Amateur Radio License Classes

We are planning the next Amateur Radio Class. Please contact Michael Cauley via email or Michael can be reached by phone at 321-438-5933.

Skywarn

SKYWARN is sponsored by the National Weather Service and Orange County Communications Auxiliary is an active participant in the program. For detailed information go to the Local SKYWARN page.

Member Requirements

Members are required to have a valid amateur radio license. Members must also host approximately one net per year. It is expected that members will make every effort to attend both the general meeting on the second Monday of every month and the meeting/training (Fun Day) held on the last Saturday morning of each month. Our Operations Manual is required reading for all members.

Training

Training is available for members from a variety of sources. We hold training during our normal meetings as well as during Fun Days — Current Training Schedule. Online training is available from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Orange County Emergency Amateur Radio Team Staff Members

Interesting Articles

This article appeared on the Fire Rescue Magazine Website.

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