Members Safety Notice

All District 3 ARES/RACES Personnel whether New Member or Veteran Operator, when activated, deployed, or during an exercise, are responsible for their own Safety and PPE, (Personal Protective Equipment) regardless of the event or exercise. Appropriate clothing, foot wear, safety vest, eye protection, and hardhat when necessary, must be worn while on duty.

Safe Operation of an ARES/RACES Deployed Field Station is the responsibility of All Operators involved. Issues that can effect the operation involved Trips, and Stumbling Hazards, Low Hanging Clearances, RF Power.

Trips and Stumbling Hazards:
Deployed Field Stations are normally NOT setup in the best of locations possible. Operators will have to scope-out the area of operations, and utilize the most efficient means in setting up, and operating the station safely. Coax cables and other cabling that must be ran across the ground or floor should be (1) protected and placed that would minimize the possibility of being step on or driven across. (2) Marked as visibly as possible to indicate the hazard to others who may enter the area. These actions can help ensure that station operations doesn't encounter any disruption.

Low Hanging Clearances:
Any form of HF wire antenna will be a challenge to erect since most operators have limited portable support structure material. Most usually have a Mast Support to raise the antenna to a determind height, but lack the material for the radiating elements support. Others will try to find a suitable location to raise or "Hang" the antenna from to obtain an adequate height. Radiating elements, and ropes that may come down from the antenna, should be marked with some form of tape, flags or other material every 3 feet, so that the object to be protected is visible from at least 30 feet away in possible congested or vehicle areas. Antenna Feed Point height should be high enough to not "Hang" the operators, but allows adequate operation and RF safety.

RF Power:
In all VHF/UHF and HF operations, use of minimal RF Output Power for adequate communications, is Standard Operating Pratice. Too much RF energy can cause unwanted interference to your own station, and to other operations taking place at the same location that may be using computers, or other electronic devices. Marking or barrier of some type should be place near the antenna to warn others of the RF Hazards.