Emergency Communications

BARC began as a communications support group for the City of Bellbrook-Sugarcreek Township following the 1974 Xenia Tornado.

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BARC operates 2m and 70cm repeaters with Yaesu C4FM System Fusion capability, and there is a four-station communications center in the BARC clubhouse with HF/VHF/UHF capability. As part of the Miami Valley Mesh Alliance, we are currently experimenting with WiFi mesh networking technology to support emergency communications and will have this capability in the clubhouse in the near future. The communications center is used for general on-air operations by members, for individual or club contesting, for demonstrations and training, and as a BARC/Greene County ARES (GCARES) emergency communications center in time of a local, county-wide or regional disaster or communications emergency.

BARC's home is in Greene County, Ohio, which has an Amateur Radio Emergency Service ® (ARES) group. The GCARES repeater is 146.9100 (-). Several BARC members support GCARES. The other large ARES group in the Dayton area is Montgomery County ARES (MOCOARES), whose primary repeater is 146.6400- (PL 123). Dayton SkyWarn uses the MOCOARES primary repeater. When SkyWarn is active, MOCOARES switches to their secondary repeater, 444.2500+ (PL 123), if a training or real-world net is activated.

Both GCARES and MOCOARES are part of Ohio Section District 3 ARES. The District 3 training net as well as the resource net (real world) uses the WCOARA repeater, 145.1100- (PL 67).

Like BARC, Xenia Weather Amateur Radio Net (XWARN) was formed after the 1974 Xenia, OH, tornado and serves to report severe weather in Greene County on 147.1650+ (PL 100). During severe weather, Dayton SkyWarn monitors the XWARN Severe Weather Net.

Queen City Emergency Net
Weather Amateur Radio Net (Cincinnati)