Emergency Communications

Should the need arise please standby on 146.880 and check in with net control once they come on line. Should the repeater fail use 146.560

ARRLIt's recommended that you be familiar with radios and radio procedures prior to an emergency. The W6HY club repeater 146.880 (-) 136.5 is open for the use of licensed amateurs and we encourage you to use it. There is a weekly emergency radio check at 7:15pm each Tuesday evening. You may check in as a member or a visitor. For help with purchasing and using your radio please contact the club.

ORCA Emergency Net

ORCA NetTuesday night 7:25pm
146.560 Simplex

If you're interested in emergency communications, come participate with us weekly on our 2m simplex voice net, followed by a 2m simplex digital net. We have a growing group of interested amateurs participating every Tuesday evening. We're in the process of adding an HF net to run concurrently to practice passing emergency traffic. If you're a new amateur, this is a great opportunity to get more radio experience in a relaxed and friendly environment.

We operate 2m simplex to simulate a disaster situation without repeaters, something we would likely experience following a large earthquake. Amateurs from Del Norte, Curry and Humboldt counties have been participating regularly. We are looking to attract more amateurs from outlying areas to join us. If you're interested or have questions, e-mail Mike KE6ZYK.


FLDIGINarrow Band Emergency Messaging Software (NBEMS - pronounced "N-beams") is a free open source software suite that allows amateur radio operators to reliably send and receive data using nearly any computer (Windows, Mac, and Linux) and any analog radio without requiring a dedicated digital infrastructure or specialized modem hardware. NBEMS works on both VHF/UHF FM and on HF.

The system is comprised of a number of programs that work together:
fldigi - digital modem
flwrap - file encapsulation / compression
flmsg - send and receive ICS-205, ICS-206, ICS-213, ICS-214, and ICS-216 forms in addition to ARRL Radiograms

Auxillary Communication Services

ACSThe Auxiliary Communication Services, consists of licensed amateurs who have voluntarily registered their qualifications and equipment for communications duty in the public service when disaster strikes. Every licensed amateur, regardless of membership in ARRL or any other local or national organization, is eligible for membership in the ACS. The only qualification other than possession of an Amateur Radio license, is a sincere desire to serve. Because ACS is an amateur service, only amateurs are eligible for membership.

The possession of emergency powered equipment is desirable, but is not a requirement for membership. ACS members train in preparation for many types of emergencies. If you are a licenced amateur radio operator or belong to an emergency services organization and would like to coordinate services with us, please contact the emergency operations team, Fred Wagner AD6FC ad6fc@charter.net or Jaime Yarbrough KJ6JKL Jaimeyarbrough@aol.com.

Getting Prepared

  • Message Handling In an emergency, it may be neccesary for you to recieve a message to pass along to the intended recipient.

    This website has numerous tools for learning how to handle different messages.
    Visit Website

  • Go Bag IdeasWould you be ready if a call came from your local emergency communications (emcomm) group to provide some ham radio expertise for a day or so?
    Check It Out

  • CERT Classes Began Feb 6, 2014 The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Program educated people about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact their area and trained them in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations. Using the training learned in the classroom and during exercises, CERT members can assist others in their neighborhood or workplace following an event when professional responders are not immediately available to help. CERT members also are encouraged to support emergency response agencies by taking a more active role in emergency preparedness projects in their community.
    Learn More

  • Last March 26, 2014 Tsunami Safe: Know Your Zone Full-Scale Evacuation Drill 11:00-11:30AM.
    50th anniversary of the 1964 tsunami that destroyed Crescent City, Del Norte County conducted a live code evacuation drill of all tsunami prone areas.
    Learn More

Luck is when preparation meets opportunity.

Contact Us

Del Norte Amateur Radio Club - W6HY
1672 Northcrest Dr.
Crescent City, CA 95531
United States
Club: w6hy@w6hy.org
Web Master: webmaster@w6hy.org