Butler County (Ohio) Amateur Radio Emergency Communications (BCAREC)

BCAREC Announcement:


The Butler County Amateur Radio Emergency Communications Monthly Meetings are held at 7 P.M. Butler Tech Room B109 the second Wednesday of January, February, March, April, we break for the summer months as the school normally works on stripping and waxing the classroom and hallway floors and the building is inaccessible. 
Meetings resume September, October, November & December. 

Shortcut URL: http://goo.gl/rlbka

Who We Are:

Butler County Amateur Radio Emergency Communications (BCAREC) is a leading volunteer amateur radio emergency communications organization in Butler County, Ohio. We are located just north of Cincinnati near Hamilton, Ohio. BCAREC is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, and has been serving our community with non-commercial voluntary emergency communications during emergency conditions since the formation in 2004. Members operate with a license granted by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and operate primarily under regulations contained in U.S. CFR Title 47, Part 97, "Amateur Radio Service." BCAREC specializes in emergency radio technologies and participates in amateur radio activities using High Frequency (HF), Very High Frequency (VHF), and Ultra High Frequency (UHF) equipment. High Frequency (HF) radio operations provides for intra-state and inter-state communications, while VHF and UHF capability provides local communications coverage. Some members operate microwave amateur stations as well.

What We Do:

  • Emergency communications support to local officials during emergencies after their communications have failed.
  • Weather Spotting to alert other amateur radio operators of potential hazardous weather conditions coming their way.
  • Meet to enjoy each others company and stories - Every Monday and the Monthly Main Meeting. 
  • Maintain and Build Equipment - Kit building, repeaters, antennas, and radio installation.
  • Radio Station Resource Acquisition -  Four operator positions, generator, operating accessories, tower/antenna system, as well as portable stations.
  • Weekly Radio Nets - Participate in weekly communications practice nets.
  • Training - Weather Spotting, Emergency Support, Radio Station Equipment Operation, Annual and Periodic Operational Simulations.
  • Digital Communication - VHF/UHF Packet, HF Digital Modes, D-Star, Echolink.
  • Amateur Radio Software Proficiency- Winlink2000, HF-ALE, FLDigi, G8BPQ, Ham Radio Deluxe, Linux
  • New Member Mentoring - Help new emergency communicators get started operating for emergencies.
  • Seek New Members For BCAREC - We are always looking for interested hams to become members of BCAREC.

When We Do It:

Main Meeting: Second Wednesday of each month starting at 7:00 P.M. except for May, June, July & August - no meetings.

Where We Do it:

Why We Do It:

"Because We Want to Help People In Times of Need."  Radio amateur emergency communicators are prepared and willing to voluntarily help our community, when requested by local officials, in times of need such as when all other means of communications are not available. The FCC has specifically stated our role in Federal Regulations as in the following quoted regulation extract:

"47 CFR Ch. I, Part 97.1   Basis and purpose.

The rules and regulations in this part are designed to provide an amateur radio service having a fundamental purpose as expressed in 
the following principles:

(a) Recognition and enhancement of the value of the amateur service to the public as a voluntary noncommercial communication 
service, particularly with respect to providing emergency communications."

How We Do it:

BCAREC amateur radio emergency communicators are licensed by the FCC.  Each operator can have a home "base" station as well as mobile and handheld radio stations. BCAREC has a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with repeater owners inside of and adjacent to Butler County. The MOUs are for the use of communications equipment on a daily basis or an as needed basis for supporting Emergency, Priority, Health and Welfare communications. BCAREC also uses the equipment for occasional training. 

The Butler County VHF Association and BCAREC have an MOU for use of the Amateur Radio Emergency Communications Center (ARECC) radio room facility at D. Russell Lee (Butler Tech). BCAREC uses the ARECC as a control station for its operators during emergencies and training.

Please Join The BCAREC Organization And Volunteer To Help People With Us !!

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BCAREC provides volunteer emergency communications as a Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service (RACES) unit, when activated. RACES is a Service authorized by the FCC, which, when operating on the Amateur Radio Service frequencies, requires that the operator be FCC licensed, and one who must belong to a RACES unit of a State or Local government. BCAREC provides volunteer emergency communications as an Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) unit. The Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) is a corps of trained amateur radio operator volunteers organized to assist in public service and emergency communications. It is organized and sponsored by the American Radio Relay League (ARRL) and the Radio Amateurs of Canada (RAC). Butler County Amateur Radio Emergency Communications members have completed the CERT training to be an active part of an initial community response to a major emergency in the county.

Our Communications Systems

224.9600 - Tone 118.8 - Middletown - Operational

Fusion System Repeaters
444.1125 - Tone 118.8 - Hamilton West - Operational
440.0000 - Tone 118.8 - Hamilton East - Pending Coordination
440.0000 - Tone 118.8 - Oxford - Pending Coordination

145.0100 - N8TVU-10 - Northern Hamilton County
145.0100 - K9TGC-10 - Center of Butler County

Digipeater Only
145.7700 - K8YOJ-7

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