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Neighborhood Emergency Radio Communications




Dubuque GMRS Club & NERC

You’ll learn about Neighborhood Emergency Radio Communication (NERC) and how you can be part of this program. NERC is an entry level to both emergency response, and most importantly, Emergency Radio Communications.

NERC is a function of our Early Assessment Volunteer (EAV) program.

Let's keep this simple and explain each function...

  • Early Assessment Volunteers: (EAV)

  • Dubuque GMRS Radio Club (DGRC)

  • Neighborhood Emergency Radio Communication: (NERC)

  • Great River Amateur Radio Club: (GRARC)

  • Amateur Radio Emergency Service: (ARES)


The EAV is the entry point for NERC. Understanding EAV by getting involved will get you the basic training you will need to be an effective emergency response member in your neighborhood. Should we have a destructive storm, flood or any other disastrous event, the basic emergency communication skills and knowledge you’ll cultivate with the EAV efforts will be an asset to your own neighborhood.


Joining the Dubuque GMRS Radio Club will give you access to our two repeaters that have very large foot prints covering up to 30-mile radius of Dubuque. On these repeaters we hold radio nets twice a week where members meet on the air via GMRS radio. On the nets we offer support and training, and we keep everyone up to date on coming events. These repeaters can be used for personal communication between family members and friends when not being used for emergency purposes. The members of the GMRS club will also guide you in understanding the equipment necessary for your success in radio communications.


The Neighborhood Emergency Radio Communication (NERC) program is the first step into serious emergency radio communications. By the time you decide to be an effective NERC participant you will have gained the confidence needed for effective radio communication in your neighborhood.

The Great River Amateur Radio Club (GRARC) is the next stepping stone to higher emergency radio communications. Obtaining an amateur radio license offers 3 levels of licensing, Technician, General and Extra. Each level offers a deeper understanding of all aspects of radio communications. The GRARC and DGRC are both focused on emergency radio transmissions and reception. However, people in both of these clubs also enjoy the hobby on a more personal level also, sharing activities related to the hobby on a less serious level.

Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) is an Amateur Radio Relay League (ARRL) national emergency program. You’ll learn more about such services as you progress in your understanding and participation in NERC.

Still interested?
Contact Dan @ 563-580-3988

We would love to hear from you



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Maybe YOU can connect your neighbor with an emergency service when no one else can, potentially saving lives!


We don't want to wait for disaster before we know those around us. Our volunteers are encouraged to meet their neighbors and let them know about EAV.


Connect with other volunteers locally.

Your local EAV has regular meetings, training, and exercises that you can participate in. 

EAV needs volunteers from every neighborhood in your town. With appropriate training and tools you will be able to assess and report needs in your neighborhood so that first responders can prioritize their services throughout every part of the city.

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