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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
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.
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  • 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
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  • 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
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
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
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
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
where to go from here
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 dec contact info
ARES Region 3 DECContact Info

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