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Pennsylvania Auxiliary Communications Program

 
 
 

Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency’s (PEMA) Auxiliary Communications Services (ACS) is a volunteer-based emergency communications reserve program that has both operational and educational components. ACS offers exciting ongoing and technically diverse training to its members.

Mission Statement

The mission of the PEMA ACS is to be a redundant communications resource, ready to enhance or assume emergency communications duties for governmental agencies (county, regional, state and federal) during times of actual or potential disaster, or when normal communications are either unavailable or are unable to adequately transfer the traffic as needed. 

Become an ACS Volunteer!

Join our team of volunteers with use your skills to help preserve life through Pennsylvania’s ACS!

Basic Requirements

  • ACS Volunteers must have a willingness to serve and be at least 18 years of age.
  • ACS Volunteers are expected to complete the team’s required training program.
  • During the first year of service, ACS Volunteers must have completed FEMA’s online Incident Command System courses ICS 100, ICS 200, IS 700, and IS 800.
  • During the first year of service, ACS Volunteers must obtain an Amateur Radio Operators license (test training is facilitated).
  • Successfully pass a background check.
  • Sign a Volunteer Service Agreement and Code of Ethics.
  • Download, complete, sign, and submit the PEMA ACS volunteer application to RA-ACS@pa.gov.
  • Register and complete online application at ServPA.

Individual Skills and Specialties

  • All Hazard Communications
  • Amateur Radio License
  • Military Auxiliary Radio System
  • Stenographers (transcribe voice communications)
  • Computer networking specialists
  • Licensed GMRS and/or Amateur Radio communications specialists
  • Other Emerging Technologies

PEMA ACS is a volunteer organization. In most cases, team members easily manage work, life, and PEMA ACS commitments. However, emergencies and disasters PEMA ACS members may be called upon to operate at night, on weekends, during normal business hours, and on holidays.

Before applying to PEMA ACS, please consider your availability and willingness to serve.

PEMA ACS Leadership

  • PEMA ACS Coordinator: Charlie Roy (N3NZE)
  • Commonwealth ACS Officer: Travis Best (W3TMB)
  • Eastern Area ACS Section Chief: William Bianco (AB3PU)
  • Central Area ACS Section Chief: Doug Evans (K3DRE)
  • Western Area ACS Section Chief: Dave Wellman (WX3E)
  • Training & Special Operations Section Chief: Chris Post (WZ3Q)
  • Technical Specialist (Data Communications): Dave Kleber (KB3FXI)
  • Technical Specialist (Special Operations): Joel Landis (AB3MT)

PEMA Call Signs

  • PEMA Headquarters/SEOC:  KB3NIA
  • Central Area Office:  KB3ZTJ
  • Eastern Area Office:  KB3ZTM
  • Western Area Office:  KB3ZTL

PA ACS Network Amateur Frequencies

Voice Net

Central Area Net

  • 7.2505 MHz LSB - Primary Daytime Amateur Radio Frequency
  • 3.9935 MHz LSB - Primary Nighttime Amateur Radio Frequency

Eastern Area Net

  • 7.2275 MHz LSB - Primary Daytime Amateur Radio Frequency
  • 3.9875 MHz LSB - Primary Nighttime Amateur Radio Frequency

Western Area Net

  • 7.2720 MHz LSB - Primary Daytime Amateur Radio Frequency
  • 3.9905 MHz LSB - Primary Nighttime Amateur Radio Frequency

DATA NET Frequencies

paNBEMS

  • 7.0725 MHz USB - using 8/500 Olivia, 1000 Hz center waterfall frequency
  • 3.5835 MHz USB - using 8/500 Olivia, 1000 Hz center waterfall frequency

MARS NET

PEMA monitors MARS NETS as assigned by MARS. Alternate frequencies when propagation and band conditions warrant.

  • 5.3480 or 5.3680 MHz LSB (Maximum 50 Watts PEP)
  • 147.0750 MHz +600   with pl: 123    Dauphin County Repeater

Training NETS

PEMA Conducts Voice Training NETS the first Sunday of each month.

paNBEMS NETS are conducted regularly. Times/days may vary due to propagation.

Contact Your PEMA Section Chief for more info on Training NETS.

RACES Specific Frequencies

  • 3.997 MHz LSB
  • 7.260 MHz LSB
  • 14.334 MHz USB
  • 53.300 MHz LSB