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About Us

Club meeting the second Monday of each month at the Robeson County Emergency Operations Center (EOC) building just off of Sanchez Road. Park at the rear of the EOC building near the fence and HF antennas and enter at the silver door.

Robeson County Amateur Radio Society (RCARS)

Time: 7:00 PM

Robeson County EOC

38 Legend Drive

Lumberton NC 28358


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What We Do

RCARS builds, erects and maintains communications systems which are used primarily for emergency communication. It trains operators in the use of these systems and keeps them at a high level of readiness. Presently included among these systems is a volunteer network of amateur radio operators with their own equipment, a moderate range repeater which enables operators to talk throughout the county and a trailer-mounted repeater which can be carried to the scene of an emergency to establish local communications.

When need arises, these systems are put at the disposal of the Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES), which in turn operates in conjunction with the county Office of Emergency Management, the American Red Cross, Southeastern Regional Medical Center, as well as the various fire and police services of the county. ARES has no financial structure and owns no radio equipment. It is the role of RCARS to provide financial and material backing for ARES, so that when disaster strikes, the county’s emergency communications can still get through.

Exam Sessions

ON EXAM DAY BRING THE FOLLOWING ITEMS:

1. A legal photo ID (driver’s license, passport).

2. When no photo ID is available, two forms of identification must

be presented:

a. non-photo ID/driver’s license (some states still have them)

b. birth certificate (must have the appropriate seal)

c. social security card

d. library card

e. utility bill, bank statement or other business correspondence that

specifically names the person; or a postmarked envelope addressed

to the person at his or her current mailing address as it appears on

the Form 605.

3. Students may bring any of the above items and/or a school ID, minor’s

work permit, report card, or a legal guardian may present a photo ID.

4. Bring your Social Security Number (SSN) or your FCC issued Federal

Registration Number (FRN). VEC’s are required by FCC to submit

either your SSN or your FRN number with your license application

form. If you prefer not to give your SSN, then you may use your FCC

issued FRN, if you have one. For instructions on how to register your

SSN with the FCC and receive a FRN, visit the FCC’s FAQ page and

the FCC’s registration instructions page.

5. If applicable, bring the original and a photocopy of your current Amateur

Radio license and any Certificates of Successful Completion of

Examination (CSCE) you may hold from previous exam sessions. The

photocopy(s) will not be returned.

6. Two number two pencils with erasers and a pen.

7. A calculator with the memory erased and formulas cleared is allowed.

You may not bring any written notes or calculations into the exam session.

Slide rules and logarithmic tables are acceptable, as long as they’re free

of notes and formulas. Cell phone must be silenced or turned off during

the exam session. The phones’ calculator function may not be used.

8. Bring a check, a money order or cash to cover the exam session fee(s).

Who We Are

The Robeson County Amateur Radio Society, Inc. is the only publicly supported corporation in the county with tax exempt status granted by the Internal Revenue Service under section 501(c) 3 dedicated solely to the support of amateur radio emergency communication. The Society is incorporated under the laws of the State of North Carolina and is governed by a Board of Directors. No officer or board member receives any salary from the corporation.

RCARS membership is drawn exclusively from the active membership of the Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) and consists of well trained operators, many of whom have already proven their ability in the face of emergencies and disasters. These men and women are constantly improving their knowledge and abilities through training exercises and simulated emergency tests.

Statement of Purpose

 

The Robeson County Amateur Radio Society, Inc., has been formed to be a non-profit, publicly funded corporation dedicated to the safety and welfare of the citizens, municipalities, and public service agencies of Robeson County in times of emergency, disaster or other communications breakdown or overload.

To do this, the corporation will provide amateur radio communications systems to FCC-licensed members of the Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES); will provide training and drills for these operators in the use of the equipment; and will encourage and develop close cooperation between the Office of Emergency Management, the American Red Cross and other public health and safety organizations of the county on the one hand and the Robeson County Amateur Radio Emergency Service on the other.

How Can You Help?

Every member of RCARS has contributed financially toward the furtherance of the corporation’s goals. However, the cost of purchasing, installing, and maintaining the sophisticated equipment of these systems limits our ability to accomplish all that we need to achieve.

Amateur radio operators are disallowed by federal law from receiving payment of any kind for their services. What these men and women do to get messages through in the aftermath of a disaster is done freely out of a desire to serve. These operators are the means of communications of last resort. If all else fails, the amateur radio operator gets the job done, but since they cannot receive pay for their services, RCARS steps in as an enabler. However, RCARS cannot work to keep the communications open without your help.

In addition to being vulnerable to destructive hurricanes, Robeson County has had more tornadoes than any other county in the state. We must have the very best emergency communication systems we can devise.

We cannot prevent disasters from overloading or destroying our usual means of communication. We cannot stop the weather or toxic spills or airplane crashes.

The Robeson County Amateur Radio Society, Inc. is already making plans for even more communication capability:

  • A wide range radio repeater capable of covering several counties and linking with other states. What a blessing this would have been during the 1984 tornado!
  • Station equipment, so that Robeson County can call on outside assistance and information through a state-wide network during times of large scale crises.
  • The installation of antennas at all primary designated shelters in the county. Four are already in place, but we still need more to enable communication with emergency services.

Your Contribution Can Make It Happen!

Contributions should be made payable to:

Robeson County Amateur Radio Society, Inc.
% Bill Chism, Treasurer
1021 Riverside Blvd.
Lumberton, NC 28358

For your records, our Internal Revenue Service Employer Identification Number (EIN) is: 56-1836151

Preparing For Disaster

Robeson County is no stranger to emergencies and disasters. It has experienced floods, fires, ice storms, tornadoes, hurricanes, toxic spills and airplane crashes.

In all of these events, amateur radio operators have been called on to supply primary or backup communications for the various emergency services of the county when regular means were disrupted or over-taxed.

There is no reason to believe we will escape more situations in the future. The only time one can plan for disaster is before it strikes.

The Robeson County Amateur Radio Society, Inc. (RCARS) is making plans to be sure the people of this county will have the best chance possible for emergency communication when all other means have been wiped out or are overloaded.

ARES has a Memoranda of Understanding with:

  • The American Red Cross
  • Salvation Army
  • Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
  • The National Communications System
  • The Associated Public Safety Officers, Inc.

ARES is now located in a communications room at the Robeson County Emergency Operations Center (EOC) and working with the Robeson County Emergency Management to better serve during times of emergency.

For additional information on Robeson County ARES, please contact:

Bill French
Lumberton, NC 28358-0000
billf46@gmail.com

IMPORTANT TRAINING INFORMATION

COMPLETION OF CERTAIN FEMA NATIONAL INCIDENT MANAGEMENT SYSTEM (NIMS) COURSES IS REQUIRED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY.  ALL ARES VOLUNTEERS MUST COMPLETE THIS TRAINING.

Those who did not complete training deadline should continue the courses and send copies to the EC in your County just as soon as you have completed all four on-line courses.  Until you do, you will not be able to work in the EOC or with any served agency.  Please continue to take and complete these classes.  They are IMPORTANT!!!

ALL RADIO AMATEURS OPERATING UNDER ARES/RACES IN THE NC SECTION ARE REQUIRED TO COMPLETE IS 100, IS 200 AND IS 700.  THOSE AMATEUR OPERATORS THAT MAY BE DEPLOYED TO EOC’s, COMMAND POSTS, OR OTHER POINTS WHERE INTERFACE WITH EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT OR GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS AT ANY LEVEL IS EXPECTED, ARE ALSO REQUIRED TO COMPLETE IS IS-800.B NRF. NOTE THAT THIS IS NOT A SUBJECT FOR NEGOTIATION, CONSIDERATION, OR COMMENTARY.  THIS TRAINING IS MANDATORY FOR ALL ARES VOLUNTEERS. 

Use this link to see courses available click here: FEMA INDEPENDENT STUDY (IS) ON-LINE COURSES

To register for courses: CLICK HERE

147.045MHz – W4LBT

We’re very interested in people’s experiences in using our repeater, both coverage and accessibility. The antenna is positioned in such a way as to offer extremely wide coverage in the Coastal Plain and Sandhills of North Carolina, and North-Central and Northeastern South Carolina.

The W4LBT (club call) repeater on 147.045 MHz, is owned and operated jointly by the Robeson County Amateur Radio Society and the Piedmont Coastal Repeater Network .  It is provided for your enjoyment and emergency purposes.  Both ARES and SKYWARN nets, and the Southeastern North Carolina Traffic Net utilize this repeater.  Please help support this vital repeater in Southeastern North Carolina.

Our repeater W4LBT is at 147.045 MHz (+) no tone, on the UNC-TV 31 Tower just north of Lumberton, NC. The tower is 1000 feet with the repeater antenna located at 835 feet!! The new equipment went online May 7, 1997. It is linkable with The Piedmont-Coastal Repeater Network (PCRN) for members of the group who have the prerequisite codes.   If you are not a member of PCRN we urge you to join today!

147.360MHz – W4LBT

We are pleased to announced the W4LBT repeater, 147.360 MHz,(+ pl 82.5), our primary back-up repeater is operational!  The repeater is new and was built by Danny Hampton, K4ITL.  The feel lines from the antenna to the repeater were also replaced.  Coverage is very good and has been heard from Burgaw in the East to Conway in the South, Kinston in the North and Rockingham in the West!!