Emergency Mobile Communications



Shelby County Amateur Radio Emergency Services (SCARES), supports an Emergency Mobile Communications (EmComm) vehicle. Our tow vehicle, SCARES I, is a retired 1985 EMS vehicle that was donated to us by one of our local communities in Shelby County, the Ft Loramie Fire Department. SCARES I is used not only to tow our EmComm trailer, but it also carries our generators, coax, antennas and much more, as well as it houses one of our Will-Burt pneumatic masts.


SCARES II, is a 8’ x 16’ cargo trailer, that was purchased by SCARES, and the interior was insulated and designed by Mike Nagel, WD8LLN, from Auglaize county, and Scott Garrett, W8JSG, an original SCARES AEC. It was ready and activated for Y2K. Since then, we have updated the electrical, both the 120 VAC and 12 VDC systems. We recently updated all of our amateur radio stations with the Kenwood TM-V71A, VHF/UHF dual banders, and the mulit band, multi mode Yaesu FT-857D. One of our Kenwood stations, and the Yaesu station is equipped with a USB Signal Link for digital operations. We have a Citizens Band radio, a couple commercial radios and a marine radio. Networked logging computers with internet access was recently added. SCARES II also sports a Will-Burt 37’ pneumatic mast. Our drivers are responsible for scheduled and unscheduled maintenance, as well as knowing all of the different systems, and organization of both vehicles.