Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service                                                                                                               Amateur Radio Emergency Service

N3XGR'S ARES-RACES Index Page

 

Amateur Radio is an immensely important and valuable emergency management resource. There are Amateur Radio operators, popularly known as Ham Radio operators or simply Hams, in every county of the United States. There are countless examples of Hams providing essential communications during disasters, when all other lines of communications have failed.

Becoming an Amateur Radio operator is not as simple as buying a two-way radio and turning it on. All Hams are licensed by the Federal Communications Commission. Licenses are issued to individuals who, through rigorous testing, have demonstrated their knowledge and expertise in radio theory and procedure.

The use of special frequencies, including 2-meter repeaters which are most widely used by ARES/RACES groups, is regulated and standardized using protocols established by the American Radio Relay League (ARRL). In every corner of the nation, Hams participate in local clubs which own and operate these repeaters that enhance and extend radio communications.

For local and state emergency management coordinators, the presence of trained Amateur Radio operators using their high-quality radio gear is nothing short of a Godsend. Surprisingly, though, Hams have not been implemented into planning and preparedness in many communities. This is oversight is often due to a lack of understanding or confusion with Citizen Band radio operators and their national organization, REACT.

The nationally organized emergency management applications of amateur radio include the Amateur Radio Emergency Service, or ARES (pronounced AIR-ease), and the Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service, or RACES (pronounced RAY-seize). RACES is an activity of the Federal Emergency Management Agency. It was orignially established to enable an official network during national security crises. As planned then, only Hams trained and enrolled in RACES would be permitted to operate during such disasters. With the end of the Cold War, the role of RACES has evolved, emphasizing all-hazard measures. Any local or state emergency management agency can establish a RACES organization of local Hams.

ARES is set up as part of the ARRL. ARES organizations operate in support of state and local emergency management. ARES teams participate in severe weather observation (Skywarn), search and rescue operations, support of major public events and just about any situation where reliable communications links are needed to replace or augment normal emergency communications systems. In some areas, ARES and RACES are combined.

The American Red Cross has relied heavily upon Amateur Radio for years. The ARC has found Hams to be extremely helpful in support of its human welfare mission.

Experienced emergency management professionals know that everyday communications links (e.g. land & cellular telephones, public service radios) may not exist during major emergencies. Almost certainly, Hams will be up and ready to serve. As one individual put it, "HAM" stands for "Helping All Mankind".

73,
J.R. Adams - Delmont, PA - n3xgr@qsl.net
Amateur Radio Emergency Service
Official Emergency Station, Westmoreland Co. PA
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Update as of 2/20/1998;

Wow.  It's been quite a while, but I'm back.  I'm using Netscape Communicator software so hopefully working on this page won't be such a tedious process from now on.  If you find any links which are inactive, or would like to have your own added, please let me know.   In case you weren't already aware, I am the list owner for an ARES-RACES Reflector.  Pretty soon I'll have figured out how to make a little button that you can just click to subscribe, but until then send email to majordomo@qth.net with no subject, and "subscribe ares-races (PUT YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS HERE, BUT WITHOUT PARENTHESES)" in the main body of the message.  Keep in mind that Majordomo is not a person.  If you wish to reach a human being regarding the list, just send me a message at owner-ares-races@qth.net.

NATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS
American Radio Relay League (ARRL)
National RACES Page
Skywarn

SERVED AGENCIES
American Red Cross
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
National Weather Service (NWS)

LOCAL UNITS
Bold indicates a state-wide presence.

ARIZONA
Mesa Emergency Group

ARKANSAS
RESPOND of Arkansas

CALIFORNIA
California's Auxiliary Communications Service
Alameda County (California) Sheriff's Communications Team
Hayward ARES/RACES
North San Diego ARES
NPSARC Public Service Activities (Monterey Co. Calif)
Oakland ARES
Orange County Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service
San Diego County RACES
San Lorenzo Valley ARES
Santa Barbara Section ARES/RACES
Santa Clara County ARES/RACES
South County Amateur Radio Emergency Service
Stanford Amateur Radio Emergency Service
Ventura ARES
Watsonville ARES

COLORADO
Colorado Amateur Radio Emergency Service

CONNECTICUT
Connecticut Amateur Radio Emergency Service

FLORIDA
Alachua County RACES
Collier County ARES/RACES
Duval County ARES
Eastern Panhandle District ARES Mini-Page
Northern Florida Amateur Radio Emergency Service
Okaloosa County ARES Page
Osceola County ARES/RACES Mini-Page
Pasco County RACES
Pinellas County ARES/RACES
Sarasota County ARES
Seminole County ARES/RACES
Southern Floride Section ARES
Swanee District ARES
Volusia County ARES
Western Panhandle District ARES

GEORGIA
Georgia ARES/Skywarn Information Page
Fayette County ARES

HAWAII
Oahu RACES

IDAHO
Idaho Disaster Services Communications Web Page
Southwest Idaho RACES

ILLINOIS
DuPage County ARES (DARCOMM)

INDIANA
Hamilton County ARES

IOWA
ARES of Linn County, Iowa

KANSAS
Great Bend ARES/RACES

LOUISIANA
ARES of Lousiana

MAINE
Androscoggin County RACES
Penobscot County ARES

MARYLAND
Montgomery County RACES

MASSACHUSETTS
Eastern Massachusetts ARES, RACES and Skywarn
Western Massachusetts ARES

MICHIGAN
Grand Traverse County RACES
Kalamazoo Amateur Radio Emergency Service
Keneenaw/Houghton ARES
Ottawa County ARES
Utica Shelby Emergency Communications Association

MINNESOTA
Blufflands Emergency Communications Response Team
Faribault ARERT

NEW JERSEY
Middletown, NJ Office of Emergency Management RACES
Rahway Office of Emergency Management ARES/RACES

NEW YORK
Islip ARES
Nassau County ARES
New York City ARES
New York City RACES
Putnam Emergency and Amateur Radio League
Westchester County ARES/RACES

NORTH CAROLINA
North Carolina ARES
Alexander County ARES/RACES
Alamance County ARES
Caldwell County ARES
Franklin County ARES
Gaston County ARES

OHIO
Shelby County ARES

OREGON
Oregon District 0 ARES/RACES Unit

PENNSYLVANIA
Bucks County ARES
Cambria County ARES/RACES
Chester County ARES/RACES
Erie County ARES/Skywarn
Jefferson County RACES
Monroe County ARES
Westmoreland County ARES
York County ARES/RACES

TENNESSEE
Middle East Tennessee Emergency Radio Service

TEXAS
Dallas County RACES Home Page
Irving ARES/RACES
Potter and Randall County ARES

UTAH
Southern Utah RACES
Utah County ARES

VIRGINIA
State of Virginia ARES
Hopewell/Prince George ARES
Norfolk ARES
Snohomish County ARES
Suffolk County ARES/RACES Page

WASHINGTON
ARES Northwest Division
Seattle Auxiliary Communications Service

WEST VIRGINIA
Mineral County ARES/RACES

WISCONSIN
Dane County ARES
La Crosse County ARES
Ozaukee County ARES/RACES

OTHER SITES OF INTEREST TO ARES/RACES MEMBERS
10 Ways to Optimize Your Effectiveness in Public Service Events
EMCOMM RACES Bulletins
Hospital Disaster Support Communications Systems of Orange County, CA
Files from the ARRL Archives

PITTSBURGH, PENNSYLVANIA AT THE GOLDEN TRIANGLE

SITES OF LOCAL INTEREST, RECIPROCAL LINKS OR OTHER STUFF
AC6V's DX Reference Page
Al & Jane's Ham Radio Links
Amateur Radio Elmers Resource Directory
Amateur Radio WWW Bookmark File
Amateur Television in Pittsburgh
Artsci's Repeater Database
Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh
Foothills Amateur Radio Club (Greensburg, PA)
Greater Pittsburgh (PA) VHF Society
Ham Radio Online Magazine
MapQuest!
N3NTJ's Home Page
North American Center for Emergency Communications
North Hills (PA) Amateur Radio Club
New User Tips for VHF-UHF Operation (a must read for 2-meter operators)
NX5V's Home Page
River Gauge Readings for Ohio River Basin Statons
South Hills (PA) Amateur Radio Club
STAT MedEvac's Home Page
Target Linked Repeater System (PA)
TRIButaries Internet Services
University of Pittsburgh Amateur Radio Club W3YI
Western Pennsylvania Frequencies
Western Pennsylvania Repeater Council (EXCELLENT SITE WITH WPA REPEATER DIRECTORIES)
Westmoreland County Department of Public Safety
Westmoreland County Frequencies
Wonderful World of Burt Fisher
WTAE'S Action Cam on Pittsburgh
Yaesu FT-50R Information Page

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LAST UPDATE --- February 20, 1998.
 
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