What is a "Standard Load"?
The Standard Load is a collection of radio frequencies organized into groups for loading into your radios. The intention is that you would load the same set of frequencies into the same numbered memory channels in each radio so that you are not fiddling around in an urgent situation trying to figure out what frequency you should be using.
Salt Lake County ARES (Amateur Radio Emergency Service) has put together a Standard Load for use within the county. The list is broken up into sections for ease of use and the most important/most used frequencies are located earlier in the list to support radios with a limited number of memory locations.
What do I do with it?
You should program your radios with the frequencies listed. You should also print out copies of the list to keep with your "go kit" (if you have one). Included in the file are a "condensed" version suitable for printing on cards and laminating that can be kept in your glove compartment or somewhere else convenient (it's a good idea to also put together a simplified programming guide for your radio(s) and keep that with the printed out list of frequencies).
What Are the Sections?
The first two sections are "User Defined," indicating that it is for your own individual set of frequencies. This section is further divided into personal (channels 1-25) and club (26-40) parts. Each club that is participating will identify their own "club" frequencies. The third section is defined for the SAFE Neighborhood frequencies (41-71) and is intended to be used in support of that program. The fourth section (72-75) is for the Salt Lake County ARES designated frequencies. The fifth section (76-81) includes several local connections to wide-area repeater networks (Intertie, Sinbad). The sixth section (82-96) defines frequencies for use in each community or city within the county and is intended to support inter-city communications as needed. The seventh section (97-99) is for RACES frequencies. The eighth section (100-105) includes national and state-level frequencies, including the national calling frequencies. The ninth section (106-111) is a listing of frequencies used by portable repeaters that may be deployed into various locations. The tenth section (112-119) is for LDS ERC frequencies. The eleventh section (120-127) lists EOC frequencies for ARES use. The twelfth section (128) is the NOAA weather frequency and completes the first part of the load, intended for use in radios with a limited number of memory locations (up to 128).
The thirteenth section (129-140) is a collection of hospital frequencies for ARES use. The fourteenth section (141-150) is for packet radio frequencies. The fifteenth section (151-155) is a collection of Utah Highway Patrol frequencies (for monitoring only). The sixteenth section (156-168) is a set of digital frequencies (DSTAR, System Fusion, and DMR). The seventeenth section (169-180) is for the repeaters in the Intermountain Intertie. The eighteenth section (181-187) is additional NOAA frequencies for surrounding areas. The nineteenth and final section (188-217) is for FRS and GMRS frequencies (for monitoring only).
MARC has defined several frequencies for the club section. These include the Ensign Peak repeater that we use for our Sunday nets, the coordinated (but not yet installed) 1.25m repeater that will be deployed with the support of the Murray Fire Department, the three frequencies we use for our pre-meeting "check-in" nets (2m simplex, 1.25m simplex, and Sammy's 1.25m repeater), a simplex frequency assigned for Murray City interaction (used for Murray City events), and several repeaters that are frequently used in the Murray area (the Farnsworth "62" and intertie machines, Curry and Butterfield Peak repeaters, the Nelson Peak IRLP node typically connected to the Western Reflector, and the Huntsman Center repeater).
How do I Get my Radio Programmed?
As they become available, we will upload files for Chirp, RT Systems, and a DMR Codeplug. When we are able to meet together again, we will be able to program radios at our weekly club meetings. In the interim, if you need your radio programmed and can't do it (or don't have the equipment to do so), contact the club and we will figure out some way to get your radio programmed.
So Where do I Get It?
- The Standard Load is distributed as an Excel workbook.
- There is also a PDF file of the main table.
- There is also a CSV export of the main table.
- This is a CHIRP compatible CSV file (read from your radio first [or open an existing image file], then import this file; do not open it directly and try to write it to a radio)
Additional formats will be uploaded here as they become available.
Here are some links to other club's versions of the Standard Load (note, these may be out of date):