Texas RACES Program
The State of Texas is susceptible to the effects of both natural and man-made disasters. At times, state and/or local government resources are inadequate to effectively respond to such incidents. This can be especially true in the area of communications when normal day-to-day systems are used in support of widespread emergencies or disasters. Because of system outages or overcrowding by emergency traffic, normal communications systems may become unusable or inadequate to meet emergency or disaster response needs.
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has authorized emergency management organizations to officially organize and employ radio amateurs to supplement state and local government communications systems during emergencies or disaster operations. The FCC advocates the principle that a fundamental basis and purpose of the Amateur Radio Service is to provide voluntary noncommercial emergency communications to the public. Amateur radio operators are often needed to assist in communications during an emergency.
How to Get Involved in RACES
The Lubbock County RACES Group meets on the 1st Tuesday of every month at 7414 83rd Street. Meetings start at 7:00pm and everyone is welcome to attend.
For more information, please contact your local RACES CLO. If you don’t have a CLO in your county, contact your DRO. Also, you can join us on the Lubbock County ARES Net every Monday night at 8:00pm. The net is held on the KF5QIR 2M repeater. It has a frequency of 147.260 MHz, + offset, and a tone of 118.8 Hz.
Brandon Kimbrell (K5BEK)
Lubbock Co. RACES Coordinator/CLO
Everett McArthur (KE5QVC)
Terry Co. RACES Coordinator/CLO
Terry Nelson (WD3NA)
Hale Co. RACES Coordinator/CLO
Dee Macha (K5NDM)
Hockley Co. RACES Coordinator/CLO