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                  Pennsylvania Auxiliary Communications Services Program


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Join our team of volunteers with use your skills to help preserve life through Pennsylvania’s Auxiliary Communications Services (ACS)


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. 

PEMA ACS 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. 

 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 (here), complete, sign and submit the PEMA ACS Application to

·         Register and complete inline application at ServPA

Skills Individuals in the following Specialties Include:

·         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.

For questions, concerns, or assistance with the application process please email


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





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



 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