What is RACES?

The Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service is an organization of licensed amateur radio operators who volunteer their time and equipment to provide supplemental communication to local, county and state governments in times of emergency or natural disaster. RACES Nets are authorized by the Federal Communications Commission per Part 97, Subpart E and the local Emergency Management offices. A major function performed by RACES in the Dallas/Fort Worth area is providing information to the National Weather Service during periods of threatening or severe weather.

County wide RACES nets are authorized by the Dallas County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, and the Federal Communications Commission per Part 97, Subpart E. Dallas County, the City of Dallas and the many cities in the county have their own RACES organizations. Each organization is independent of the others. However, all belong to the Dallas County RACES Council, cooperate in their basic requirements and provide mutual aide and support.


News and Announcements

  • 2016 Cloud Cowboy Released The Dallas County RACES Council announces the release of the 2016 Cloud Cowboy Reference Manual. This is the 26th year in production for the primary reference manual used by storm ...
    Posted Feb 19, 2016, 7:26 PM by Pat Hykkonen
  • Net Control Stations and The Bad Thing™ NCS Operator Guidlines A few reminders of how we operate on the City of Dallas RACES and county­ wide Net on 146.880/442.075. These guidelines are meant to ...
    Posted Feb 19, 2016, 7:26 PM by Pat Hykkonen
  • D-STAR in EmComm D-STAR in EmComm training slide deck for Dallas County RACES
    Posted Feb 20, 2015, 6:57 AM by Pat Hykkonen
  • US National Grid Training As of 2014 Dallas County RACES is switching to use of the US National Grid as our location reporting grid. USNG and Mapsco will be accepted during the 2014 season ...
    Posted Feb 20, 2015, 6:57 AM by Pat Hykkonen
  • 2014 Cloud Cowboy Released The 2014 Cloud Cowboy Reference Manual is now available. The significant change this year is a change to use the US National Grid for location reports. This years' CCRM contains ...
    Posted Feb 20, 2015, 6:56 AM by Pat Hykkonen
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