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Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES)

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What is ARES?
Why Hams are Valuable During Emergencies 
ARES Organizations - Hudson County 
ARES Forms
Links to ARES-Related Sites

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:

  • Radio transmissions can be heard by an unlimited number of receivers, so  information intended for a group can be sent quickly.
  • A large reserve of experienced hams -- each with their own radios -- can quickly establish supplementary communication networks on the ham frequencies.
  • Ham operators can prove a common link for agencies who normally operate on disparate frequencies.
  • A large number of ham frequencies allow a large number of separate information channels.
  • Many ham radios operate on batteries, so they can operate from most field locations or when street power is lost.
  • Existing ham voice repeaters extend the area of ham coverage far beyond most police or fire radio systems.
  • Information can also be sent in digital form when privacy or volume are a  concern.
  • Ham television can quickly provide live images from field sites.

ARES Organization in Hudson County

The local ARES groups are:

City Population Web Page Emergency Coordinator
Bayonne 61,051 Web Page Mike Ransom, KC2JAN
East Newark


Guttenberg 8,374 Web Page
Harrison 13,383
Hoboken 33,354 Web Page Bob DuVal, WB2DHK
Jersey City 232,429 Web Page Max Samad, N2UVF
Kearny 35,441 Web Page
North Bergen 48,639 Tony Moran, KD2TM
Secaucus 13,975 Web Page Mike Snuffer, KC2JHU
Union City 57,621
Weehawken 12,715 Dan O'Donovan, W4DOD
West New York 38,020

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 or SEC.

To join the NNJ ARES email reflector and receive notices and announcements of NNJ ARES activities, visit: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/nnjares/. To join Hudson County ARES, send a request to WB2CRD (link at the bottom of this page).

Served Agencies

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.

Forms and Software Used in ARES

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.