ACT Team General Guidelines

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Chain of Command:

  • Joe – W2OFD  Emergency Coordinator / Team Leader
  • John – KD2DZY Team Vice President
  • Gary – N2TBC  Communications Officer / Webmaster

As Team Leader,  Joe can assign positions to members of the Team or remove them from their assigned positions at any time as he sees fit to benefit the Team. This includes temporary assignments before, during and after an activation.

Team Information:

Any information that needs to be shared with the Team should be sent to Joe or Gary for approval and posting to the Team via email, text, Zello app, Facebook etc. No member shall use any contact method that sends information to the Team directly bypassing Joe or Gary.

The group texting app is used to send one way reminders and alerts to Team members. There is no need to respond to these one way text messages. At times there may be brief periods where we need to share more info and/or require a response during weekly nets and especially if we get activated.  Please keep responses on topic. We don’t want this to turn into social media and become an annoyance to Team members. It is only for discussion relating to Team issues.


Please enter these channels in your ham radios. Don’t wait until we get activated and then ask for help to program your radio during an active emergency. These are the frequencies the Team will be using.

  • ACT A1   146.540   Simplex
  • ACT A2   442.400+  PL 114.8 K2BNL repeater primary
  • ACT A3   145.210 –  PL 136.5 W2DQ repeater
  • ACT A4    444.850+ PL 123.0 W2OFD repeater

Primary methods for sending out Team info are email and Facebook.

Secondary methods are listed below.

Zello app – our group name is ACTResponseTeam. If you join you must be confirmed by a moderator. This is a walkie-talkie type app like the old Nextel direct connect.

Groupme – private group text. You must request to be added/removed from this group. When you get added you must reply to the welcome text quickly or your account will not activate. You need to provide a cell number for this. Any post to this group goes to every Team member enrolled in group texting.

Life360 – Find Family and Friends app – This app lets the Team see where your location is based on the GPS signal from your cell phone. You need a group code to join the ACT circle. You can request the code from Joe or Gary (N2TBC). The code is only required once to join the ACT circle. This app is only to be used when the Team is activated. Any Team member using this app will see all the position of all other Team members using the app on a map. Remember to turn off position reporting when not using the app.


As a member of the Team, you need to have at least one way to be contacted in case we get activated. This includes email, group texting, Zello app, Life360 app, Facebook or any combination of the above. We will also use the ham radio as a means of communication during a drill or activation.

If you need IDs please contact Gary (N2TBC). We also have Team license plates, mugs, mouse pads, gear bag tags, etc.

Any Team member responding to a scene must have proper ACT Team identification and should have proper safety equipment such as a reflective vest and amber vehicle warning lights.