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What is Grand Prairie Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Services (RACES)?
RACES is an organization of licensed amateur radio operators who volunteer their time and equipment to provide supplemental communications to the City of Grand Prairie, county, state and federal agencies in time of emergency or natural disasters. Its operation is governed by FCC regulations found in PART 97, Subpart E. A major function performed by RACES in the Dallas/Fort Worth area is providing information to the City of Grand Prairie and the National Weather Service (NWS) during periods of threatening or severe weather. Who can participate?
By FCC regulations, only certified appointees may participate in Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Services (RACES) operations including training sessions. At the National Weather Service's request, only RACES appointees who have attended a SKYWARN school within the past two years can make weather reports during SKYWARN nets.
Any licensed amateur radio operator with a two-meter operating privilege may apply through the City of Grand Prairie Office of Emergency Management to be certified by the authorizing agency. Amateur radio operators living or working in Grand Prairie may apply.
RACES Applications may be obtained during open application periods available on the City of Grand Prairie's Human Resources webpage, www.gptx.org. Hard copy applications can be obtained through the Office of Emergency Management. If you live or work in Grand Prairie and have your FCC license with two-meter operating privilege, you are eligible to apply.
1. Demonstrate a willingness to prepare for and participate in emergency communications events.
2. Willing to equip one's self with the knowledge, skills, abilities and equipment to meet basic mission requirements.
3. Possess a valid Amateur Radio Operator's License for two-meter operations.
4. Own a two-meter FM transceiver appropriate for RACES operations.
5. Live in or be able to respond to activations in the City of Grand Prairie.
6. Be approved by the City of Grand Prairie. (background checks conducted)
7. Completion of FEMA National Incident Management & Incident Command System Training.
? IS-100 Intro to Incident Command System
? IS-200, ICS for Single Resources and Initial Action Incidents
? IS-700, NIMS an Overview
? IS-800, National Response Framework, An Overview
? IS-802, Emergency Support Function #2: Communications
? IS-271, Anticipating Hazardous Weather and Community Risk
? Other training as required
Information needed on application:
Amateur Radio Call Sign (ex: KE5IJC)
Type of FCC License (License Class):
Social Security Number:
Texas Drivers License Number:
Occupation / Retired?
Employer / Retired?
Do you own a 2 meter FM radio with 25 watt minimum transmit power to antenna?
Can your home station be operated without commercial power? Generator, solar, battery backup, commercial power only
What bands can you operate on? 6 meters, 2 meters, 220 MHz, 440 MHz, others?
What modes can you operate? SSB, CW, FM, APRS, Data, Packet, D-Star, mobile operations, Winlink, Echolink?
Any Areas of expertise?
Have you ever been cited by the FCC for illegal or improper conduct?
Have you ever held an appointment to RACES?
If so, what city and date?
Have you attended an approved SKYWARN training school in the past two years? Basic / Advanced. If yes, location and date?
Provide 3 References - name and contact info
Upload the following documents: FCC license, course completion certificates for IS 100, 200, 271, 700, 800, or other NIMS / ICS training