Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Services (RACES) is a public service that provides a reserve communications group within government agencies in times of extraordinary need. Any amateur radio operator can join RACES. Salt Lake County ARES members are encouraged to join RACES. The Utah State RACES page can be found at http://publicsafety.utah.gov/emergencymanagement/RACES.html.
To join RACES, fill out the application form at http://publicsafety.utah.gov/emergencymanagement/docs/RACES_App.pdf. Once the application has been completed you can mail or fax the application to the Utah Department of Public Safety, Division of Homeland Security. The contact information is at the top of the application form. Alternatively, you can bring the completed application to the next monthly Salt Lake County ARES in-person meeting.
Once your RACES application is accepted, you will be issued a RACES number. This process can take some time so do not be alarmed if you do not receive your RACES number for several weeks.
You can join the Utah State RACES e-mail list using Yahoo Groups.
There are state wide RACES nets on both HF and VHF/UHF. The following are the details of each net.
Date: 3rd Saturday of odd numbered months
Time: 8:00 am
Frequency: 3920 kHz
Date: 3rd Thursday of even numbered months
Time: 8:00 pm
Frequency: Intermountain Intertie and other linked repeaters
146.700(-) T: 100Hz
C Module: 145.150-
B Module: 447.950-
Data: 1298.750 RPS
SLCo ARES Events