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Connecticut ARES. Presented by George Lillenstein , AB1GL Region 3 DEC. Who/What is ARES? The Amateur Radio Emergency Service. Licensed amateur radio operators who volunteer for emergency communications “Amateur” means unpaid; not unskilled

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Connecticut ARES

Presented byGeorge Lillenstein, AB1GLRegion 3 DEC

Who/What is ARES?The Amateur Radio Emergency Service

  • Licensed amateur radio operators who volunteer for emergency communications

  • “Amateur” means unpaid; not unskilled

  • To hold an appointed rank must be an ARRL dues-paying member

  • The Field arm of the ARRL, an umbrella organization representing US hams; 160,000 members; publishers of QST magazine and many others.


  • RACES teams report to a town official

  • RACES teams must be activated by an emergency management officer

  • RACES teams are sworn as state employees for insurance purposes

  • Mostly function in municipal facilities

  • ARES is non-governmental, private, non-profit

  • Activated by ARRL appointed leaders

  • Members report to their ARES EC


  • ARES members often respond from home or mobile

  • ARES members use their own equipment

  • ARES members time commitment is often three hours or less of net attendance per month and a meeting or two

  • ARES holds one annual drill – the S.E.T.

  • ARES training requirements are optional

What do we do?

  • During emergencies where standard comm methods are jammed or not working, we pass vital information to served agencies, such as numbers of beds available, supplies requested, wires/trees down, etc

  • During public service events, we report on progress and watch for participants or members of the public needing assistance or report developing safety issues

How do we do it?

  • For line-of-sight we generally use 2 meter or 70cm handi-talkies

  • For larger venues we might use up to 50-watt FM mobile radios, repeaters, or cross-band

  • For inter-town or longer distances, we might use HF frequencies and NVIS or DX antennas

  • MODES: FM voice, SSB, packet, AFSK, WL2K, ALE, many other digital modes.

Who does ARES serve?

Some agencies who call upon ARES to supply radio operators in an emergency:

  • CT DESPP/DEMHSRegion 3 Coordinator Thomas Gavaghan has called on ARES to man the ham radio station at the Armory in Hartford

  • Area Hospitals

  • The Red Cross

  • The National Weather Service

  • The Salvation Army

  • MARS

  • Civil Air Patrol

  • Charitable organizations holding large public events – marathons, bike races, walks, parades, fairs

ARES Training suggestions

  • ARRL Emcomm 1

  • ARRL Emcomm 2

  • Skywarnweatherspotter

  • Seminars in digital communications, antenna building, etc held at ARES meetings or hamfests

  • FEMA ICS-100

  • FEMA ICS-200

  • FEMA ICS-700

  • FEMA ICS-800

ARES Section Org Chart

Contact your local ARES EC

To sign up for

The Region 3 web

Where to go from here?

  • Visit the ARRL web site at

  • Visit the state ARES web site at

  • Visit the Region 3 web site at

  • Read QST magazine

  • Join a local repeater club – volunteer for Field Day and public service events

  • Get on the air

ARES Region 3 DECContact Info

George Lillenstein39A Downey DriveManchester, CT 06040860 716-3367 (Cell phone)email:

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