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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 primary or secondary 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 Morris County
The ARES Morris County Emergency Coordinator (EC) is:
The County ECs in the Northern New Jersey (NNJ) Section report to the ARES NNJ Section Emergency Coordinator (SEC) who is:
To join the NNJ ARES email reflector and receive notices and announcements of NNJ ARES activities, visit: http://groups.yahoo.com/search?query=nnjares
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:
Locally, ARES units support the following Red Cross chapters:
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. Please listen on the WS2Q repeater, 146.895 MHz (-600, PL 151.4) during times of possible or actual emergency.
For on-going news and practice, please listen to and check-in to the NNJ ARES net, which is held on the 2nd Monday of the month at 8 pm on the WS2Q repeater, 146.895 MHz (-600, PL 151.4).
Links to Other ARES References or Web Sites
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