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2-mtr Slim-JimARES is the Amateur Radio Emergency Service and is a service branch of the American Radio Relay League.  ARES is made up of amateur radio operators who have registered their time and equipment in order to be a useful communicator in times of disaster. 

To join ARES in Tennessee, contact your county Emergency Coordinator (EC).  Your county EC can be found by going to the internet site: Or you could visit a local ham club meeting and ask who the EC is for that county.

Emergency VHF Antennas

The advantage of the slim-jim over the j-pole is that there is a 3 dB gain with the slim-jim and the main angle of radiation is lower. It is simple to build.  Check out some of the files below or search the internet.  
Stan Kozlowitz,
Jan 27, 2013, 10:23 PM