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It is now 3:09 pm, Monday, July 22, 2024 in Pickens County, SC.

There will be a Tuesday night ARES and PCCG EmComm net followed by an informal net tomorrow evening at 8pm.
Our August Monthly Meeting will be on Tuesday, 6 August 2024 at 7 pm.

The Pickens County Communications Group (PCCG) is a group of volunteers for the Pickens County Emergency Management Agency in Pickens, South Carolina.

Members are licensed as Amateur Radio Operators or hold a General Mobile Radio Service (GMRS) Station License. Many of our members also participate in other Emergency Radio Service Organizations, such as the Amateur Radio Emergency Services (ARES); or the FEMA Auxiliary Communications (AUXCOMM); and when requested, the Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service (RACES).

Some members are trained Radio Operators in the SHAred RESources (SHARES) High Frequency (HF) Radio Program, administered by the Department of Homeland Security or the Military Auxiliary Radio Services (MARS) programs sponsored by the Department of Defense (U.S. Army or U.S. Air Force). We also have ties to the South Carolina State Guard and the South Carolina Emergency Management Division (SCEMD), the state Emergency Operations Center located in West Columbia, SC.

We are not a radio club.   We are, however, a group of radio enthusiasts with similar interests, dedicated to providing emergency communications for public service, public safety, and last resource communications for local agencies in Pickens County.

In addition to our Radio Amateur Repeaters in the 2-meter, 220Mhz, and 70cm bands, we also support four publicly accessible GMRS repeaters, along with additional specialized repeaters for use by Pickens County Search and Rescue groups.

Some of the Amateur Radio repeaters that we maintain are participants in the WARNS system that covers parts of Northeastern Georgia, Southwestern North Carolina, and Northwestern (Upstate) South Carolina.

Our connections to the Wide Area Repeater Network System (WARNS) are used on a regular basis to provide Skywarn communications for Pickens County, while the entire WARNS system is used by all of the surrounding areas to provide extended SKYWARN services to the National Weather Service in Greer, SC.

The WARNS system can also be used to link one or more counties in its coverage areas when needed to support emergency communications. Areas can be connected or separated on an individual basis as needed.

While the Pickens County Communications Group has been providing Skywarn communications for many years now in support of the National Weather Service′s local office in Greer, South Carolina - we are more than happy to transition some of our SKYWARN support efforts into the full support of the WARNS network.

For instance, our 2-meter repeater (147.195 MHz) will automatically link to the WARNS system whenever a Severe Weather Alert is broadcast by the National Weather Service.   When conditions dictate, additional repeaters in the PCCG network will also be manually linked into the WARNS system by the system operators.

The Pickens County Communications Group Meets monthly in a Pickens County Emergency Management Agency (EOC) conference room located on the lower level (rear) of the Pickens County Administration Facility at 222 McDaniel Avenue, Pickens, SC on the 1st Tuesday of every month from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm.

Our August Monthly Meeting will be on Tuesday, 6 August 2024 at 7 pm.

The Pickens County Communications Group has a net every Tuesday night at 8:00 pm on the PCCG linked network repeaters in the 2-Meter (147.195 MHz, PL 141.3) and 70-CM bands (443.450 MHz, PL 110.9). See our repeater page for more information.)

All amateurs are invited to check into our nets. (The Tuesday night net is NOT held on the 1st Tuesday of the month because of the group meeting.)

A Skywarn net is activated in case of severe weather in Pickens County.

Additional information about the PCCG group can be found here.


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