MISSION OF THE PUBLIC SERVICE GROUP
The mission of the public service group is to support governmental and non-governmental agencies in Island County in times of emergency and when requested, to support non-emergency public service events.
PUBLIC SERVICE GROUP OPERATIONS
The Public Service Group (PSG) supports both the ARES and RACES systems and general ICARC public service activities.
ARES-RACES operates under the Island County Department of Emergency Management (DEM). It is headed by the Emergency Coordinator/Radio Officer (EC/RO). The PSG conducts regular, weekly nets to practice net procedure and basic communications.
The PSG also participates in periodic drills and public service events to develop communications skills and procedures.
PSG Events can be found on the ICARC Calendar
Special Event Information
The weekly ARES-RACES VHF net meets Sundays at 7:30 pm local time on the W7AVM 146.86/147.22 MHz W7AVM repeater system with backup frequencies of 146.86 MHz simplex and 147.22 MHz simplex if there is a repeater failure.
The ARES/RACES HF Net meets at 7:45 pm or immediately after the VHF net on 28.410 MHz (USB).
OTHER EMERGENCY NETS
The Washington ARES Region 1 OPS 2 net meets each Tuesday morning at 9:30 am on the 146.86/147.22 W7AVM repeater system. Individual operator check-ins are taken after the roll call of fixed stations. Indicate your callsign and number of operators present at your location when recognized by Net Control. Following the net on 146.86/147.22, a replica net is run on the N7KN repeater on 441.425 (+) PL 110.9
Washington State Emergency Net (WSEN): Saturday morning 9:00 AM Pacific and Monday evening 6:30 PM Pacific on 3.985 MHz