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HUNTERDON COUNTY
DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY

OFFICE OF EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT

County RACES Coordinator – Michael Varas, KC2CMC
Deputy County RACES Coordinator – William H. Powell, WB1GOT
Deputy County RACES Coordinator – Roberto Matos, K2PA

RACES is an organization of amateur radio operators who volunteer to provide radio communications for State and local governments in times of emergency. Created in 1952 primarily to serve in civil defense emergencies, RACES provides essential communications and warning links to supplement State and local government assets during emergencies.

RACES is a special part of the amateur operation sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). RACES provides emergency communications for civil preparedness purposes only. RACES is conducted by amateurs using their primary station licenses or by existing RACES stations. In the event that the President invokes the War Emergency powers, amateurs officially enrolled in the local civil preparedness group would become limited to certain frequencies, while all other amateur operations would be silenced.

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2 meters - 147.375

The most extensive of these repeater networks is coordinated on 147.375 (+600 kHz). The main transmit site is located at the Hunterdon County Communications complex in Cherryville. Multiple voting receive sites link to the main site located in Cherryville, Glen Gardner, Bloomsbury, Kingwood Township, Murray Hill, and Linvale.

The Hunterdon County Traffic and Emergency Net is held on this repeater every Thursday evening at 20:00. Local Autopatch is available to any station and a direct connection to Hunterdon County Communications is accessed by dialing 9-1-1. This was the first such connection in the country.

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2 meters -147.015

An additional repeater is on 147.015 (+600 kHz, PL 151.4 Hz) also carrying the callsign of WB2NQV/R, which is underwritten by the Hunterdon County Office of Emergency Management. This is a single receive and transmit site repeater (located at "Mt. Kipp" in Glen Gardner, NJ).

"Oh-One-Five" is also linked to an extensive system of repeaters that stretches throughout Pennsylvania called the Complex Repeater Group Link System. There are currently 9 machines that link together:

Location Call Frequency PL
Allentown, PA N3LWY 146.655 - 136.5
Berwick, PA NQ3G 145.130 - 77.0
Bloomsburg, PA WB3DUC 147.120 + 131.8
Colora, MD K3UAV 146.165 - 107.2
Ephrata, PA W3XP 145.450 - 100.0
Fairless Hills, PA W3HLC 147.300 + 131.8
Long Pond, PA N3DZM 145.230 - 77.0
Mt. Kipp, NJ WB2NQV 147.015 + 151.4
Mt. Pleasant, PA KA3JSD 147.015 + 131.8

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220 MHz – 224.120

A single-site 220 repeater is located at Mt. Kipp in Glen Gardner, NJ. The frequency is 224.12 (-1.6 Mhz, PL 203.5 Hz but is usually open), call sign K2PM.

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440 MHz – 444.850 & 446.475

444.850 (+5 MHz, PL 141.3 Hz) - located at Cherryville, the call sign W2CRA. This machine is a GE Master II repeater with an S-Com 7K controller.


446.475 (-5 MHz, PL 141.3 Hz but is usually open), call sign W2CRA, and located at Mt. Kipp. This machine is a GE Master II repeater with an S-Com 7K controller and is linked to the 224.12 repeater.

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