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ARES OF CLEVELAND COUNTY WAS # 1 IN ARES
ACTIVITY IN THE SECTION IN 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011.

Read about the 2010 Simulated Emergency Test Results

invitation to meetings

 In 2007 , the Shelby Amateur radio Club decided to sponsor the Cleveland County Amateur Radio Emergency Service. The members of Shelby Amateur Radio Club have always played a very supportive roll in back  up emergency communications within Cleveland County.  Members of Shelby Amateur Radio Club had formed an ARES group in the prior decade and members of SARC have always been active in Cleveland County RACES since it's inception in the 1950's.   You can find members of Cleveland County Amateur Radio Emergency Service very active in all aspects of amateur radio communications.

Today, you will find the Cleveland County ARES or Amateur Radio Emergency Service group involved in many endeavors.  While the group is sponsored by the Shelby Amateur Radio Club, you do not have to be a member of SARC to join ARES.  Members of ARES of Cleveland County are involved in public service communications and participate with the Shelby Amateur Radio Club in providing support communications for the Over-The-Mountain Triathlon in Kings Mountain annually.  ARES of Cleveland County is affiliated with Charlotte AREA SKYWARN which is the official SKYWARN group for the Area and periodically holds training on the subject.  The group participates annually in the ARRL Field Day with Shelby Amateur Radio Club and also participates each year in the ARRL Simulated Emergency Test ranking number one in the State in 2008.  Members of the group are active on packet and many are also active in the National Traffic System or NTS.  Members are also very active participating in foxhunts.

The ARES nets are Monday and Friday at 8:30PM on the 146.880 repeater owned and operated by the Shelby Amateur Radio Club.   All are welcomed to check in with us!  There is always a good friendly net control and lots of outstanding folks checking in to our nets.

If you would like to join ARES of Cleveland County, please visit us at a meeting on the last Thursday of each month (except November).  Our meeting place is at the EOC in Shelby, North Carolina located at 100 Justice Place.  The entrance to the EOC is on the Patton Street side.

2009 ARRL Simulated Emergency Test 
October 3, 2009

Once again our group, Cleveland County Amateur Radio Emergency Service, had a very successful Simulated Emergency Test.  We had over 30 Amateurs in the area check into the net with us.  We appreciate all your support for the ARES of Cleveland County group (Cleveland County Amateur Radio Emergency Service). Our group was number one in the state last year for points.  This year we did even better than last thanks to your hard work and dedication!  The group used a D-Star Simplex Link between the Red Cross Headquarters and the EOC.  This allowed for accurate passing of messages in the ICS 213 Format.  A Direct link was established with the State ARES Net aka Tarheel Emergency Net on 3923.  A local net was called on 146.880 with 30 amateurs checking in with net control.  Net control Duties were shared by 6 operators during the 4 hour test.  A couple of stations even worked PSK31 (one from home and one mobile) during the test.  Stations simulated deployment to various shelters in the county and generated messages on behalf of served agencies to demonstrate the ability to pass messages to and from one another.  The drill was a complete success, and a big pat on the back goes to everyone involved!

If emergency communications is something you are interested in then please visit an ARES meeting on the last Thursday of each month (except November).

1960's RACES Members Robby Hamrick WA4RH, Ben Melvin KM4C and Chip Workman N4SOC  
Robert Weaver, KF4KED Motorcycle Mobile Station for Traithlon Using DSTAR / DRATS  
Chip Workman during 2009 Simulated Emergency Test  After 2009 S.E.T  
Red Cross ECRV JOTA 2010  

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