Welcome to KC7NGQ

Yakima County Radio Amateurs
A Washington State Non-Profit Corporation and
Amateur Radio Club supporting
ARES/RACES in Yakima County, WA.
PO Box 2222 Yakima, WA 98907

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The Yakima County Radio Amateurs club supports and is mostly made up of ARES/RACES members in Yakima County WA. We are Affiliated with the American Radio Relay League, the National organization of Amateur Radio operators in the United States. Club membership is open to any licensed amateur where ever you may live. For more information, Please send E-Mail to: kb7hdx@arrl.net

Thanks for stopping by and hope you enjoy your stay
73 Mark J. Tharp KB7HDX

What is ARES/RACES???? Click HEREto find out. 
Club Stations-- Yakima County ARES operates three stations, WA7EOC, W7RCC,WA7MCP  We also provide the callsign and support for the WA7SAR repeater system.
The Yakima County ARES/RACES group is involved with a number of organizations here in the Yakima Valley. We have a specialized team to respond and participate in Search and Rescue operation. Yakima ARES/RACES is a recognized member of the Yakima County Search and Rescue council. We participate in its regular meetings and have a member on the Council training committee.

We work closely with the Yakima County Office of Emergency Management, participating in all drills and exercises of that office. Our abilities include all VHF/UHF bands (FM only)up through 440 Mhz, including Packet, to HF to Amateur Television, and have used all of these modes on many occasions. On a normal mission, the group is tasked with staffing either the RCC (Search and Rescue office) or EOC (Emergency Operation Center) or both as well as the MCP (Mobile Command Post) with Amateur Radio Operators.

Yakima County is Geographically not radio friendly, we have mountain ranges from 7,000 feet elevation to most of the towns and cities at around 1200 feet as well as a 12,300 foot Volcano to deal with, and provide communications around. We do fortunately have a very reliable repeater community, which will cover approximately 90 percent of the county.

A portion of Yakima County lies within the 50 mile ingestion zone of the Hanford Nuclear Facility, many of the drills and exercises of the Office of Emergency Management involve this site. These exercises are graded by FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) including our ability to communicate. Other hazards include Dam failure (Yakima County has 9+ dams and portions of the county lie immediately downstream from both Priest Rapids and Wanupum Dams on the Columbia River) Hazardous materials spills, Forest fires, Floods (please see December 1996 QST, public service column) and other severe weather problems.

This is a brief description of our group and its role here in Yakima, for more information, or to register with our local organization, please contact Jo Whitney,KA7LJQ. Thank you for your interest in ARES/RACES, and the YCRA!.

Mark J. Tharp KB7HDX