are an all volunteer, not-for-profit 501(c)(3)
organization, dedicated to providing emergency and
public service communications to our community. In
January of 2007, Pahrump experienced a valley-wide
power failure. At times during this crisis, the only
form of communications our community had within the
valley and the outside world, was utilizing
volunteer ham operators.
These volunteers are trained to provide assistance
during many kinds of emergencies and to operate the
necessary equipment needed to establish
communications. In addition, we participate in
several community functions throughout the year to
include, but not limited to: The Baker to Vegas
Relay Race, the Pony Express Ride, the Pahrump Fall
Festival and Parade, the Endurance Equestrian Rides,
Town Clean-up Day and Sky-Warn weather watch
activities. By participating in these local events,
we not only support community activities, we train
to keep our communication skills current and active.
2007, we were able to purchase a new repeater, which
is vital to the communications needs for our group.
Our goal in this chapter of ARES/RACES is to
establish a continuous communications link between
the cities of Las Vegas and Reno that is independent
of commercial power or phone lines. This new
repeater site covers over 400 square miles in the
Pahrump Valley, Armargosa and half way to Las Vegas.
Over the past couple of years, our organization has
held several training classes in order to prepare
for any situation that we may be called upon to
assist with communications. These classes included:
Skywarn Spotter Class hosted by the National Oceanic
and Atmospheric Administration. Many Ham operators
in the valley are active members and can help spot
and report severe weather changes.
group sponsored a Ham Cram class that provided an
introduction to Ham Radio, study materials and a
forum that assisted in obtaining a Ham Radio
also train by assisting organizations such as the
Red Cross with their yearly disaster drills.
addition, we introduced the benefits of Ham Radio to
students at Rosemary Clark Middle School through
classes focusing on applications of practical
There are over 300 Ham operators in
the Pahrump Valley and we look forward to new
members and making new friends throughout the
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contact any of the following people.
Jerry Fuge, KC6ILH
Fred Jones, KE7APH
Curtis Mick, KF7RNY