Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service-
Amateur Radio Emergency Service
Cape May County, New Jersey


RACES & ARES Working Together
To Better Serve Our Communities


  RACES-ARES Announcements & News

Cape May County RACES-ARES conducts monthly radio nets via repeater and simplex to test equipment, train members, etc.   Nets are customarily held the last Monday of the month.

The next RACES-ARES net will be held April 29, 2019 beginning at 7:00 PM on the RACES-ARES 147.240 Pl 146.2 VHF repeater.


In the event of bad weather you may access latest NWS briefing by clicking the logo.

     Click the logo to access the ARRL SNJ ARES Connect page.   

     Cape May County RACES-ARES has a Facebook group.    

  Effective April 1, 2019 all RACES-ARES group communication will be conducted through  Please respond to your invitation to join the group.  If you didn't receive an invitation, email


The Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service (RACES) is an amateur radio service sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and is authorized as an a service by Part 97.407 of the FCC Rules and Regulations.  Its mission is to operate and maintain Amateur, Public Safety, and other communications systems, and to perform unique, accurate, and efficient communication services to assist government officials in the protection of life and property. 

The Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) is a program sponsored by the Amateur Radio Relay League (ARRL) and 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.

In Cape May County, New Jersey we have joined the two services/programs into one that allows our operators greater flexibility for serving the community.

Cape May County RACES-ARES has an agreement with the Jersey Cape Emergency Repeater Network (NJ2CM) for the cooperative use of their sites and equipment.

Cape May County RACES-ARES is an affiliate of the Cape May County Office Of Emergency Management, Mr. Martin L. Pagliughi, Coordinator, and is administered by the County RACES Officer, Mr. Tim Cwik, N2LTQ.  He is assisted by the ARRL EC, Bill Cole, N2CSA.  Communications equipment and activity are coordinated with Mr. Michael Bailey, KC2OWL, Cape May County Communications Officer.  The group subscribes to the precepts found in the Amateur Radio, Emergency Communications Plan, Southern New Jersey Section, American Radio Relay League.

Some of our Activities

Cape May County RACES-ARES:

  •  is tasked with providing an alternate channel of communication with the New Jersey Regional Operations and Intelligence Center.

  •  is partnered with Atlantic, Burlington, Camden, Cumberland, Gloucester and Salem Counties in the South Jersey Mutual Aid Group.  

  • operates an amateur radio station in the Emergency Operations Center of the Cape Regional Medical Center.

  • operates amateur radio stations in designated Cape May County local emergency management offices and other designated facilities.

  • operates amateur radio stations in designated Cape May County evacuation shelters.

  • cooperates with the Ocean City - Upper Township Emergency Management amateur radio team.

  • cooperates with the Cape May County Amateur Radio Club in providing community service.

  • cooperates with Cape May County Skywarn during weather emergencies.

Cape May County



What Equipment is Available?

Cape May County RACES-ARES amateur radio equipment includes voice via High Frequency, 2m VHF, 70cm UHF and 33cm UHF.  We also have an APRS station with Igate.  RACES 2 meter and 33 centimeter amateur repeaters are housed at the EMCC.  There are other amateur repeaters located throughout the county should the need arise.  

What frequencies are used?

  • Cape May County RACES-ARES primary communications are conducted on the 2 Meter W2CMC repeater, 147.240 Pl 146.2.  In times of emergency or potential activation Cape May County RACES-ARES operators should monitor this frequency. 

  • In the event the W2CMC repeater is off line, operators should monitor the RACES-ARES 2 meter simplex frequency, 146.415 Pl 203.5. 

  • There is an informal agreement with the Cape May County Amateur Radio Club for the use of the 146.610 Pl 88.5 repeater in time of need.

Cape May County RACES-ARES Simplex Communications

  •  2 meter simplex communications are conducted on 146.415 Pl 203.5.
  •  70 cm simplex communications are conducted on 446.025 Pl 203.5.
  •  33 cm simplex communications are conducted on 927.500 Pl 100.
  •  10 m simplex communications are conducted on 28.475 USB.
  •  40 m simplex communications are conducted on 7.215 LSB +/- 5 khz depending on QRM.
  •  75 m simplex to the State EOC 3.980 +/- 5 khz LSB depending on QRM.

Cape May County RACES-ARES Repeater Communications

  •  2 m repeater W2CMC on the frequency 147.240 + Pl 146.2
    • Cape May Court House
  •  70 cm repeater W2CMC on the frequency 443.600 + Pl 146.2
    • Cape May Court House 
  •  33 cm repeater KC2JPP (Non-standard split) Output 927.725, Input 902.0125, Pl 146.2
    • Cape May Court House


  • 2 meter APRS station W2CMC on the frequency 144.390
    • Cape May County Airport
  • 2 meter APRS digipeater W2CMC on the frequency 144.390
    • Ocean View

Cape May County RACES-ARES Communications With Trenton (ROIC)

  • 147.570 Simplex CSQ - Primary 2 meter commend frequency
  • 145.680 Simplex CSQ - Alternate 2 meter command frequency
  • 144.390 CSQ - Packet/APRS
  • 224,320 Negative Offset, PL 67.0 - NJOEM Statewide Repeater
  • 3973 KHz LSB - Primary 75 meter command frequency
  • 7230 KHz LSB - Primary 40 meter command frequency


Other Cape May County Amateur Repeaters

  • 2 m repeater N2CMC on the frequency 146.610 - Pl 88.5 
    • Cape May County Amateur Radio Club Repeater - Cape May Court House (Temporarily Off Air)
  • 70 cm repeater KC2JPP on the frequency 449.875 - Pl 146.2
    • KC2JPP repeater - Erma
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