Although much of the city and county enjoys strong cellular and public safety radio coverage, significant areas have poor or non-existent coverage due to terrain. Albemarle ARES® members have assembled a complementary set of operating capabilities and procedures to address the coverage challenges and provide communications suiting the unique requirements of each incident. These capabilities include:

  • Portable, off-grid operations using batteries, solar, and generators
  • VHF/UHF voice communication direct and through local repeaters
  • HF long-distance and local (NVIS) voice and data
  • Winlink radio email (see winlink.org)
  • Portable HF/VHF/UHF Winlink gateway, UHF voice repeater, GMRS voice repeater
  • High-speed private wireless data network (see cvadn.net) capable of carrying any traffic that can be carried on the Internet
  • Portable Incident Area Network (IAN), a quick-deploy Ethernet and WiFi data network with flexible options for backhaul to the ECC/EOC/Internet
  • A suite of file sharing and text/voice/video conferencing services to support operations
  • Members qualified to operate on the public safety trunk radio system when requested
  • Adherence to interoperability standards supporting mutual aid among ARES® units at the regional and national levels

Coming soon:

  • Private Voice-over-IP (VoIP) telephone system built on the CVADN
  • Portable cameras and live video streaming via the CVADN
  • Airborne CVADN/VHF/UHF relays using fixed-wing unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs)