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What is ARES?
ARES (Amateur Radio Emergency Services and pronounced "Air-ease") is a volunteer radio communications service available to federal, state, county and local government, as well as not-profit organizations. ARES consists of thousands of U.S. amateur radio operators who have voluntarily registered their services and formed an organized pool of operators to provide reliable emergency communications links for governmental agencies and not-profit organizations when needed.
Every licensed amateur, regardless of membership in the A.R.R.L. (American Radio Relay League) or any other local or national organization, is eligible for membership in ARES. The only qualification, other than possession of an Amateur Radio license, is a sincere desire to serve. There are no fees. Because ARES is an amateur service, only amateur license holders are eligible for membership. The possession of emergency-powered equipment is desirable, but is not a requirement for membership.
To learn more about ARES, visit the ARRL web page:
Why ham radio is valuable during emergencies
Amateur radio has several advantages during emergencies:
ARES Organization in Hudson County
The local ARES groups are:
The umbrella organization for the local groups is Hudson County ARES, of which Rich Krajewski (WB2CRD) is the District Emergency Coordinator or DEC.
All county ARES organizations
fall under the jurisdiction of the Northern
New Jersey (NNJ) Section, of which Steve Ostrove (K2SO) is Section Emergency Coordinator
ARES services are available to government and other non-profit agencies during disasters or other emergency situations. The ARRL has statements of understanding to cooperate with
also the National Headquarters of
In addition to emergency services, many ARES units help with non-emergency, non-profit special events, both as a public service and to practice their communication skills. Typically these include marathons, bike races, festivals, parades, and First Night events.
Emergency nets are formed when circumstances dictate.
For on-going news and practice, please listen to and check-in to these nets:
1. The NNJ ARES net is held on the 2nd Monday of the month at 8 p.m. on the WS2Q repeater, 146.895 MHz (-600, PL 151.4).
2. The Hudson County ARES net is held on the last Monday of the month at 7 p.m. on 146.535 MHz simplex. The Hudson County net is simplex to provide training to hams in how to communicate over VHF frequencies when a repeater is not available.
Links to Other ARES References or Web Sites
There is also a Hudson County ARES reflector for members only. Your EC or the DEC can send you an invitation to join via e-mail. (This reflector will not accept anonymous memberships.)
Northern New Jersey ARES (Amateur Radio Emergency Service) Net: 2nd Monday of each month, 8 p.m. on 146.895 (-) PL 151.4.
The Northern New Jersey Late Session VHF Traffic Net meets daily at 10:30 p.m. on 146.700-. The Early Session meets at 7:30 p.m. on 146.895- (151.40).
The Hudson County ARES net meets monthly on the last Monday at 7 p.m., 146.535 MHz simplex.
Contact WB2CRD to join ARES in Hudson County.