Jackson County, Oregon, USA


10 S. Oakdale Ave. Rm #214
Medford, OR 97501
Phone: 541-774-6790

January 18, 2020
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Jackson County ARES/RACES

Jackson County Amateur Radio Emergency Service (JCARES) is a group of licensed amateur radio operators providing backup communications for Jackson County Emergency Management and other agencies involved in disaster management needing emergency communications support.

Operators are assigned to the County Emergency Operations Center, City and County fire stations, health departments, hospitals and other agencies as needed when normal communications are overloaded or disrupted. Most traffic is handled by voice or packet using dedicated equipment at the served agencies. 

Licensed amateur radio operators in Jackson County interested in emergency communications are encouraged to join. A successful background check from the county Sheriff's Office is required to receive a state ID card and station assignments.

Free online training and certification in IS-700 (NIMS), IS-100 (ICS), and IS-200 (ICS) is also required. Members train in directed net operations, emergency communications, formal message handling, and other activities to improve proficiency in radio communications. ARRL Emergency Communications online classes are also recommended. City, county and state simulated emergency tests allow members to practice and improve skills.

The JCARES weekly net occurs at 7:30 pm every Thursday on the Mt. Baldy repeater (146.840, PL 123.0). All licensed amateur radio operators are invited to check in as visitors after the regular member roll call. The monthly JCARES meeting starts at 6:00 pm on the third Wednesday of each month. Guests are welcome. Email JCARES (jcinfo@jcares.net) for details.

JCARES provides communication support for a variety of emergency services and organizations, including:

  • County Emergency Management
  • County Health Department
  • Emergency Operations Centers
  • Fire Departments
  • Hospitals
  • Mercy Flights
  • National Weather Service

Interested in the Jackson County Emergency Communications Frequency List?

Find it here:

2018 JCARES Frequency List

Interested in joining our team?

Download a JCARES Application

Completed applications can be dropped off or mailed to:

Jackson County Sheriff's Office
5179 Crater Lake Hwy
Central Point, OR 97502

Prospective members must  provide copies of their certificates for the following training courses:

Click on the links below to be directed to each training course

FEMA IS-100.B - Introduction to Incident Command System

FEMA IS-200.B - ICS for SIngle Resources and Initial Actions

FEMA IS-700.A - National Incident Management System (NIMS) An Introduction

Jackson County ARES/RACES
Amateur Radio Emergency Service
Oregon Section, District 5

Stephan L. (Pat) Barott, N7QDZ
Emergency Coordinator

website: www.jcares.net