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AARC Reference

Updated June 2, 2005

US Amateur Radio Frequency Allocations

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AARC Meeting Agenda
AARC Meeting Agenda in MS Word
AARC Meeting Agenda in PDF
AARC Meeting Attendance list in MS Excel
AARC Meeting Attendance list in PDF

SHARES Message Form in PDF
SHARES Message Form in MS Excel
ARES/RACES Message Form in PDF
ARES/RACES Message Form in MS Excel

ARES/RACES/SHARES Events Log in MS Excel

SVECS Net Check-Ins in MS Excel
EOC Roll Call in MS Excel, Rev E

Tutorials and Manuals

Emergency Responder Manual Rev. 2.1 (pdf)

ARRL Public Service Communications Manual
This can be also be bought hardcopy in handy manual for $1.

Message Handling Protocol for ARES/RACES Communications

Ericsson EDACS M-RK I Portable Radio
Ericsson EDACS M-RK II Scan Portable Radio
Ericsson EDACS White Paper (181K PDF file)

Radio 101 Techniques for the Field tutorial (pdf) by Linda Olmstead of the
Break Room for Public Safety Communications Personnel at

Santa Clara County ARES/RACES Frequencies

National Traffic System -- Radiogram Form

National Traffic System -- Introduction

South Bay Area Radio Events

Brief descriptions of some wireless/2-way radio systems (industrial/business)


ARES: Amateur Radio Emergency Service
OES: Office of Emergency Services
RACES: Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Services
SHARES: SHAred RESources (HF Radio Program)

Acronyms and Abbreviations used by Part 90 (industrial/business)

Rules and Regulation

Part 97 of FCC for Amateur Radio Service

FCC Parts and Titles

Phonetic Alphabet

Alpha             November

International Q Signals

(Using a question mark (?) asks a question, without a mark answers yes)
QRA  What is the name of your station?
QRG  What's my exact frequency?
QRH  Does my frequency vary?
QRI  How is my tone? (1-3)
QRK  What is my signal intelligibility? (1-5)
QRL  Are you busy?
QRM  Is my transmission being interfered with?
QRN  Are you troubled by static?
QRO  Shall I increase transmitter power?
QRP  Shall I decrease transmitter power?
QRQ  Shall I send faster?
QRS  Shall I send slower?
QRT  Shall I stop sending?
QRU  Have you anything for me? (Answer in negative)
QRV  Are you ready?
QRW  Shall I tell ______ you're calling him?
QRX  When will you call again?
QRZ  Who is calling me?
QSA  What is my signal strength? (1-5)
QSB  Are my signals fading?
QSD  Is my keying defective?
QSG  Shall I send ______ messages at a time?
QSK  Can you work breakin?
QSL  Can you acknowledge receipt?
QSM  Shall I repeat the last message sent?
QSO  Can you communicate with ______ direct?
QSP  Will you relay to ______?
QSV  Shall I send a series of V's?
QSW  Will you transmit on ______?
QSX  Will you listen for ______ on ______?
QSY  Shall I change frequency?
QSZ  Shall I send each word/group more than once? (Answer, send twice or ______)
QTA  Shall I cancel number ______?
QTB  Do you agree with my word count? (Answer negative)
QTC  How many messages have you to send?
QTH  What is your location?
QTR  What is your time?
QTV  Shall I stand guard for you ______?
QTX  Will you keep your station open for further communication with me?
QUA  Have you news of?
QST  ARRL Announcement

U.S. Naval Observatory Master Clock

Pacific Standard Time at

Universal Time at

Standard Time Zone Conversions:

Time Service Department, USNO

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