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What is ARES?
Why hams are valuable during emergencies 
ARES Organizations - Morris County 
ARES Forms
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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:
bullet Chapter 1: Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES)  -   from the ARRL "Public Service Communication Manual"

Why ham radio is valuable during emergencies

  Amateur radio has several advantages during emergencies:

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

ARES Organization in Morris County

The Morris ARES Radio Network - MARN - has been established for the Morristown - Morris Township area. 
The primary repeater is WS2Q/R 145.370MHz (-600 PL 151.4).  This repeater utilizes EchoLink, WS2Q-R. 
The Zello channel is:  MARN EmComm.

The ARES Morristown - Morris Township Emergency Coordinator (EC) is:


Harvey Klein, WS2Q at [email protected]; 732-921-2608 

The ARES Morris County Emergency Coordinator (EC) is:

bulletChris Dix, W3CJD at [email protected] ; 862-777-5581.

The Morris, Sussex, Warren and Hunterdon County ECs in the Northern New Jersey (NNJ) Section report to the ARES Western District Coordinator, Dr. Jim Kennedy, K2PHD, [email protected], 973-610-8302. The Distric Coordinators report to the NNJ Section Emergency Coordinator (SEC):

Here are YouTube links for three ARES training presentations:

Preparing for an Amateur Radio-Supported Event

Overview Of the ICS Forms Used In Emergency Communications:

Protecting Personal and Sensitive Information in Emergency Communications


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:

bulletFEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency)
bullet National Weather Service (NWS)
bullet Assoc. of Public Safety Communications Officers- Intl, Inc.( APSCO  )

also the National Headquarters of:

bulletThe American Red Cross
bulletThe Salvation Army

Locally, ARES units support the following Red Cross chapter:

bullet Northern New Jersey - Fairfield

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 Tuesday of the month at 8 pm on the WS2Q repeater, 146.895 MHz (-600, PL 151.4).

Morris County ARES will hold it monthly Net on the 3rd Tuesday of each month on the 146.895 repeater at 8:00 PM local time.

Forms and Software Used in ARES

bullet ARES Field Service Forms - downloads from ARRL web site - including NTS radiogram, ARES registration, "Handy Operating Aid", Emergency Reference card.


Links to Other ARES References or Web Sites

bullet Northern New Jersey (NNJ) Section ARES  (covers Morris County)
bullet Northern New Jersey (NNJ) Section of the ARRL (covers Morris County)
bullet Hudson Division of the ARRL (covers NNJ section)
bulletARRL "Public Service Communications Manual" - An overall source of basic information on the ARRL's public service communications program. Includes details on ARES and NTS. #PSCM
bullet ARRL "ARES Field Resources Manual"
 A quick trainer and resource guide for the Emergency Communicator. #5439
bullet ARRL "Emergency Coordinator's Manual"
Covers some of the finer points of Emergency Coordinator duties, as well as recruiting and obtaining the necessary resources to properly plan and implement effective emergency and disaster communications. #FSD9
bullet The ARRL Net Directory -  online
Listings for hundreds of Amateur Radio nets of interest to North American hams, including local and statewide traffic, rag chew, maritime service, special-interest, fun, and public service nets. #7393
bullet Simplex Net Operation Procedures
bullet Colorado ARES Plan


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