1. Listen much more than you talk.

2. Check-in on the above listed disaster frequencies if you suspect something's afoot.  Assume automatic net activation if you can't get a dial tone. Non-ham frequencies to monitor are:  

 Sussex County Fire Dispatch:            154.400 MHz,

                                 National Weather Service:                       162.475 or 162.550 MHz                      

                 Delaware Electric Cooperative                153.455, 153.725, 158.190, 158.235 MHz.

 Emergency Alert System (EAS) Radio:  WZBH 93.5 FM,   WSSR 900 AM 

3. Avoid spreading rumors. Just because someone else said it doesn't make it true, so don't repeat it unless you're sure.

4. Authenticate all messages. Keep an event log. Formal messages should be written and signed by a disaster official.

5. Strive for efficiency. Know the standard ITU phonetic alphabet and practice sending and receiving formal messages.

6. Use all communications channels intelligently. Amateur radio is a secondary emergency communications service. If primary communications such as telephones, the State Radio System, etc. are functioning and adequate, we may not be needed.

7. Don't "broadcast." Remember that what we say might be heard by the public, but don't transmit to them.

8. Listen to the Net Control Station and direct all communication through him/her.



2 Meter HT, batteries & charger                  2 Meter Mag Mount Antenna    Radio Programming Instructions

Adequate Clothing & Footwear                             Jacket, Hat & Rain Gear                        Clipboard, Pad, Pencil, Flashlight

County & State Roadmaps                                               Cash & Phone Card                                                Earphones, Surge Protector

ID Card & FCC License                                    VOM, & Tools                                             Extension Cord & Power Strip

2 Meter Radio & Power Supply                         Antenna, Cables & Connectors                 Food, Drinks & Medications


- Sussex County Emergency Frequencies - Guidelines For Emergency Comms - Links - Key Personnel -