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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.
ARES / RACES / Huh? • 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/RACES/Huh? More • 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
Where to go from here? • Visit the ARRL web site at www.arrl.net • Visit the state ARES web site at www.ctares.org • Visit the Region 3 web site at www.ctares-region3.org • 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: email@example.com orAB1GL@arrl.net