SLO North County
The primary mission of SLO North County ARES (SLONCARES) is to provide timely, and reliable backup emergency communications service using Amateur Radio equipment and frequencies for emergency managers, police, fire, and other official organizations within the greater Atascadero/Paso Robles area during times of emergency or disaster. The secondary mission of SLONCARES is to provide timely, and reliable backup communications service in the greater Atascadero/Paso Robles area during a major communications system failure.
As resources are available, the North SLO County ARES operational area will also include the communities of Heritage Ranch, Templeton, San Miguel, Santa Margarita, Creston, Shandon, and other North SLO County areas.
SLONCARES also works with North SLO County CERT to provide communications resources for CERT teams when deployed or during exercises.
Anyone living in the greater Atascadero/Paso Robles area is eligible to become a member of SLONCARES. A valid FCC Amateur Radio Operator License, Technician class or higher is required. Members must submit to a background check and register with the City as Volunteer Emergency Workers.
A SLONCARES member agrees to participate in training and drills as provided. When called out, a member also agrees to serve as a radio operator at the Atascadero/Paso Robles ECC or other tactical locations as required by the event. Equipment to be operated may also include commercial radio systems and public safety radio systems. Members should monitor the W6FM repeaters on 146.730 and 147.360 MHz anytime normal communications systems fail or if local news broadcasts indicate a major event has occurred. If the repeaters are not available, members should monitor 146.520 simplex.
Weekly Net Check-in
SLONCARES Team members are encouraged to test their radio equipment weekly by checking into the roll call each Tuesday night at 19:00 and on the W6FM, 147.360 MHz (+offset, 127.3 Hz tone) repeater and at 19:20 on the W6FM 146.730 MHz (-offset, 127.3 Hz tone) repeater.