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1Presented by George Lillenstein, AB1GL Region 3 DEC Connecticut ARESPresented by George Lillenstein, AB1GL Region 3 DEC
2Who/What is ARES? The Amateur Radio Emergency Service Licensed amateur radio operators who volunteer for emergency communications“Amateur” means unpaid; not unskilledTo hold an appointed rank must be an ARRL dues-paying memberThe Field arm of the ARRL, an umbrella organization representing US hams; 160,000 members; publishers of QST magazine and many others.
3ARES / RACES / Huh? RACES teams report to a town official RACES teams must be activated by an emergency management officerRACES teams are sworn as state employees for insurance purposesMostly function in municipal facilitiesARES is non-governmental, private, non-profitActivated by ARRL appointed leadersMembers report to their ARES EC
4ARES/RACES/Huh? More ARES members often respond from home or mobile ARES members use their own equipmentARES holds its own annual drill – the S.E.T. (Simulated Emergency Test)ARES training requirements are optional
5What do we do?During emergencies where standard comm methods are jammed or not working, we pass vital information to served agencies, such as numbers of beds available, supplies requested, wires/trees down, etcDuring public service events, we report on progress and watch for participants or members of the public needing assistance or report developing safety issues
6How do we do it?For voice command and control we use UHF DMR radios on the CTARES DMR NetworkFor general line of sight member-level communications we use 2-meter and UHF FM either simplex or repeatersFor inter-town or longer distances, we might use HF frequencies and NVIS or DX antennasMODES: FM voice, SSB, packet, AFSK, WL2K, ALE, many other digital modes.
7Who does ARES serve?Some agencies who call upon ARES to supply radio operators in an emergency:CT DESPP/DEMHS ARES plays a role in the Governor’s EPPI severe weather drills. SPARC hams at the Armory coordinate ham efforts with the ARES DMR net during storms, alerts, drills.HospitalsThe Red Cross ARES supplied hams for shelters in Region 4 during storm JunoThe National Weather Service Collects ground observations from ham spotters via IRLP nodesThe Salvation ArmyMARSCivil Air PatrolCharitable organizations holding large public events – marathons, bike races, walks, parades, fairs
8ARES Training suggestions ARRL Emcomm 1ARRL Emcomm 2Skywarn weatherspotterSeminars in digital communications, antenna building, etc held at ARES meetings or hamfestsFEMA ICS-100FEMA ICS-200FEMA ICS-700FEMA ICS-800
13Where to go from here? Visit the ARRL web site at www.arrl.net Visit the state ARES web site atVisit the Region 3 web site atRead QST magazineJoin a local repeater club – volunteer for Field Day and public service eventsGet on the air
14ARES Region 3 DEC Contact InfoGeorge Lillenstein 39A Downey Drive Manchester, CT (Cell phone) or