The following document was unanimously approved by the CIARC membership at the September 6, 2012 general meeting. The MOU was approved by the Valley County Commissioners on October 9, 2012 and was signed by all parties on that date. The term of the MOU is 5 years. Renewal of the MOU needs to occur before October 9, 2017
Memorandum of Understanding between Valley County and the Central Idaho Amateur Radio Club
The purpose of this document is to state the terms of a mutual agreement, a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), between the Central Idaho Amateur Radio Club and Valley County, Idaho. This document will serve as a framework within which CIARC will have access to the Valley County communications site, located at Lookout Peak on No Business Mountain, for the purpose of installing, maintaining and operating a VHF repeater system and a UHF repeater linking system.
|2-Meter VHF||Frequencies from 144 MHz to 148 MHz, allocated to the Amateur Service under Title 47 CFR 97|
|33cm UHF||Frequencies from 902 MHz to 928 MHz, allocated to the Amateur Service under Title 47 CFR 97|
|Amateur Radio Service||Defined and regulated under Title 47 CFR 97|
|ARES||Amateur Radio Emergency Service|
|DTMF||Dual Tone Multi-Function, the two tone button command system found on common land-line telephones|
|Full Duplex Radio||A transmitter and receiver, operating on separate frequencies, where the transmitter and receiver are able to be used simultaneously|
|Half Duplex Radio||A transmitter and receiver, operating on separate frequencies, where the transmitter and receiver are not able to be used simultaneously|
|Land Mobile Service||Defined and regulated under Title 47 CFR 90|
|Link||A Full Duplex or Half Duplex radio that is used to interconnect two or more repeaters.|
|RACES||Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service, defined by Title 47 CFR 97.161|
|Repeater||A Full Duplex Radio, where the receiver audio is passed to the transmitter|
Title 47 CFR 97.1 defines the purpose of the Amateur Radio Service:
Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service (RACES)
Title 47 CFR 97.161 defines the Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service (RACES) as follows:
The Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service provides for amateur radio operation for civil defense communications purposes only, during periods of local, regional or national civil emergencies, including any emergency which may necessitate invoking of the President’s War Emergency Powers under the provisions of section 606 of the Communications Act of 1934, as amended.
Amateur Radio Emergency Services (ARES)
As established under Federal Communications Commission Rules and Regulations (Title 47 C.F.R. Part 97.161), a primary responsibility of the Amateur Radio Service is the rendering of public service communications for the general public, particularly in times of emergency when normal communications are not available. Using the Amateur Radio Service frequencies, Amateur Radio operators have been serving the general public, both directly and through governmental and relief agencies, for more than 50 years.
The Amateur Radio Emergency Service® (ARES) consists of licensed amateurs who have voluntarily registered their qualifications and equipment, with their local ARES leadership, for communications duty in the public service when disaster strikes. Amateur Radio operators set up and operate organized communication networks locally for governmental and emergency officials, as well as non-commercial communication for private citizens affected by the disaster. Amateur Radio operators are most likely to be active after disasters that damage regular lines of communications due to power outages and destruction of telephone, cellular and other infrastructure-dependent systems.
Central Idaho Amateur Radio Club (CIARC)
The Central Idaho Amateur Radio Club (CIARC) operates as a non-profit organization, established with the purpose to further exchange of information and cooperation between members, to promote radio knowledge, fraternalism and individual operating efficiency, and to so conduct club programs and activities as to advance the general interest and welfare of amateur radio in the community.
Many CIARC members are also ARES members. Further, CIARC communications infrastructure includes an automated relay system that can be connected to other ARES affiliated systems to facilitate wider area communications.
The CIARC offers use of communications infrastructure to any licensed Amateur Radio operator for any emergency or priority need, such as a natural disaster or a Search And Rescue (SAR) event.
Method of Cooperation
The Central Idaho Amateur Radio Club intends to operate equipement on the following frequencies at the Valley County communications site that is located at Lookout Peak on No Business Mountain:
|No Business Mountain - Lookout Peak - Valley County Radio Site Amateur Service Frequencies|
|Receive Frequency MHz||Transmit Frequency MHz||Access||Maximum Effective Radiated Power Watts|
|147.6200||147.0200||CTCSS 100.0 Hz||175|
The Central Idaho Amateur Radio Club will make no modifications to operating frequencies without providing prior notification to Valley County.
Maintenance of Radio Equipment
The Central Idaho Amateur Radio Club shall be solely responsible for the maintenance and adjustment of CIARC owned Amateur Service radio equipment, which is licensed under Title 47 CFR 97.
Licensees within other radio services, such as Land Mobile, which are not regulated under Title 47 CFR 97, will make no maintenance adjustment or modification to any CIARC owned Amateur Service radio equipment that is licensed under Title 47 CFR 97.
Should there be an urgent need to disable any CIARC owned Amateur Service transmitter, for the purpose of diagnosis or interference mitigation, the following processes are to be carried out:
Any request to disable a CIARC owned Amateur Service transmitter must be accompanied by:
Should the Valley County / No Business Mountain communications site technical staff require on-site assistance, CIARC will make technical staff available, provided staff is available and site access / travel is possible.
The Central Idaho Amateur Radio Club shall make available to Valley County, a list of Control Operator and Technical contacts. The Central Idaho Amateur Radio Club shall inform Valley County of any changes to the list of contacts.
No Business Mountain - Lookout Peak Communications Site Access
The Central Idaho Amateur Radio Club will require infrequent access to the No Business Mountain - Lookout Peak communications site to perform maintenance of CIARC owned Amateur Service radio equipment. CIARC agrees to restricting key access to a limited number of individuals, such as the CIARC President and the Technical Chairman, subject to approval of Valley County.
No Business Mountain - Lookout Peak Communications Site Interference Mitigation
To the greatest extent possible, CIARC technical staff should assist in isolating root cause for an interference event, even if it can be shown that the root cause is not due to CIARC owned Amateur Service radio equipment licensed under Title 47 CFR 97. Such assistance is in keeping with Amateur Radio's public service role, helps to elevate the image of Amateur Radio, and assists the site managers that are providing their infrastructure to support Amateur Radio repeater operations.
The intent of this MOU is not to provide a legally binding document. Rather, it should serve as a set of guidelines to enable Valley County and the Central Idaho Amateur Radio Club to interact efficiently and in a cooperative atmosphere.
This MOU shall take effect upon signature of the CIARC President and/or appointed CIARC official at the time of signature and will remain in effect for 5 years from the date of signature. This agreement may be terminated by CIARC or Valley County with 30 days prior written notice to the other organization.
|Valley County Representative:||____________________________________||Date:||___________________|
The preceding document was unanimously approved by the CIARC membership at the September 6, 2012 general meeting. The MOU was approved by the Valley County Commissioners on October 9, 2012 and was signed by all parties on that date. The term of the MOU is 5 years. Renewal of the MOU needs to occur before October 9, 2017