A.C.A.R.E.S. stands for Arapahoe County Amateur Radio Emergency Services. We are one of the largest and fastest growing ARES groups in the state of Colorado. We are proud of the service we provide and are always looking for good people and new opportunities to serve our community. To see our upcoming events view our Calendar
Where were you on 09/11?
This is the 15th anniversary of the terrorist attack that has become to be known as simply 09/11. And while the focus of the tributes is appropriately on New York and the thousands of lives lost and lives saved by the many heroes that day, we should never forget the contributions here in our own back yard.
I was the Emergency Coordinator of Arapahoe County ARES at the time. I spent the evening of 9/11 in the Arapahoe County EOC after I finished work. I was surprised as to how few people were there considering what had just happened and the rumors that were going wild during that time (an example was that the building downtown called the World Trade Center was next to be targeted). The Undersheriff, the Emergency Manager plus one other deputy were the only ones there. The Undersheriff was planning security for a flight of much needed blood to be flown to New York. Otherwise, the county was quiet.
The following day, the calls started coming in. Since all flights out of DIA were grounded, shelters needed to be opened and communications were needed for these shelters. The Red Cross Communicators were understandably overwhelmed with requests for communicators.
The word went out to the district and many stepped up to help man the shelters. As we are all aware, extraordinary times call for extraordinary measures. ARES members did more than communicate. Many drove vans to pick up stranded passengers from DIA to transport them to shelters. Others helped out in the shelter doing other duties other than communicate.
The members I am most proud of went above and beyond. Some took the stranded passengers on tours of Denver. Some took stranded passengers to the movies. All ARES members made those stranded feel welcome here.
As ARES members, it is important to remember that the actions we take here will have a profound effect on the lives of citizens here but also have an effect on citizens around the country and around the world. Please remember that when we are called to assist either for a planned event or a disaster.
It certainly did on the days after 9/11.
Ben Baker, KB0UBZ
Archive of Newsletters now online
N0POH provided us with some archived newsletters that we have posted now on a "Newsletters" page. These are definitely worth the read! They are historical, informative, and entertaining! It amazes me, especially as your new EC, how Alphonse Karr really hit the nail on the head when he said "The more things change, the more they are the same." If you have other newsletters or materials of interest to the history of Arapahoe ARES please send them to N2NWA or KD5DKQ.
D22 Newsletters from years gone by
Wayne, N0POH, was going through some files and found some newsletters dating from 1988 to about 2006 and has scanned them into a single 37 page PDF file that can be downloaded: D22 Newsletters 1988 to about 2006. Thanks to Wayne for scanning those for us!
ACARES Google Calendar
We have an online calendar for your reference that you can view or print out.
GoKit Presentation in PDF
As mentioned on the net this morning the GoKit PDF file is located at the bottom of the Admin -> ARES and COLORADO ARES FORMS page. The direct link for it is here: GoKit.pdf
146.640 Live Feed
The 146.640 Live Feed is online again. Our new house offers excellent coverage without the need for an external antenna so this will stay up "Live" during inclement weather. The link is here and can be found at the bottom of the Weather Links Module on the right side of this page. If I lose utility power the feed will go down and not come back up so let me know, EC at Arapahoe County ARES, if you find it offline or have any questions or comments.
Skywarn Frequency Map
We believe thanks to Tim @ Skyview Weather here is JPEG graphic of the Denver Metro and northern Colorado Counties and the applicable Skywarn Frequencies that you can print and keep with you. If you have any trouble downloading/viewing this image please e-mail Webmaster. Link to Skywarn Frequency Map
National Emergency Communications Plan
The Department of Homeland Security just released The National Emergency Communications Plan. AuxComm is mentioned several times in the form of auxiliary communications resources or volunteers. Here is an example from page 80. “Likewise, volunteer organizations such as community emergency response teams and auxiliary communications volunteers (e.g., amateur radio operators; also called Hams) play key roles in emergency communications and preparedness.” To download the PDF version click: 2014 DHS National Emergency Communications Plan.
National Interoperability Field Operations Guide
This copy was originally downloaded from the Safecom website and you may find the one below is better to use since Greg Pettis was kind enough to take the time to link and bookmark the pages for easier navigation on a PDA, smart phone, tablet or computer. It can be download via this link: National Interoperability Field Operations Guide v1.4
PDA Version of the AUXFOG
The Department of Homeland Security has released a PDA sized version of their Auxiliary Communications Field Operations Guide (AUXFOG) in PDF format.
Weather Net Activation, Saturday, May 7, 2016
This will be updated as conditions warrant;
- 1732 - Tornado Watch 143 active until 1900 has been CANCELLED
- 1502 - We are standing down at this time.
- 1334 - TORNADO WARNING issued by NWS effective until 1345 for Central Arapahoe County(North of Kiowa).
- 1235 - NWS has issued a Tornado Watch effective until 1900 for Adams County including Brighton, Arapahoe & Elbert Counties also effective until 1900.
- 1041 - Strong northerly flow with cool temps and cloud cover is reducing chances for severe weather across the I-25 corridor, however, if breaks in he clouds occur(warming), or storms move NW from El Paso County, spotter activation may still be needed.
- 0803 - Spotter activation likely today, with severe storms possible today. Weather Net Will be needed.
Alert Messages and their definitions
We have been using the following Alerts via SMS and E-mail and thought a refresher/reminder would be good:
- Alert 1 – Pre-activation Alert – Prepare for possible Stand-By mode to occur within 24 hours or less.
- Alert 2 – ARES Stand-By Alert – ACARES has been requested to be prepared for possible activation by the served agency(ies), within 12 hours.
- Alert 3 –ARES Activation Alert – ACARES members are requested to respond based on the request or guidance of the served agency, within 1 hour.
- Alert 4 – Change in Activation – A change in directions or directives by the served agency redirecting ACARES members to another assignment(s). Always acknowledge this message with Net Control by radio or phone.
- Alert 5 – Cancellation Notification – The Stand-By or activation mode for ACARES has been cancelled. Always acknowledge this message and check out with Net Control when going off the air.
As always please reach out to any of the officers or me, EC at Arapahoe County ARES, if you have any questions.
Zones - Revisited April, 2015
Recently during our Weather Nets and other training's you have probably heard Net Control say he or she will take check ins by "Zones." The Zones they are referring to are as follows:
1. North of the Hampden Avenue Line and west of I-225
2. North of the Hampden Avenue Line and east of I-225
3. South of the Hampden Avenue Line and west of South Parker Road
4. South of the Hampden Avenue Line and east of South Parker Road
5. All areas east of Watkins Road
In the list above, each number is assigned to the Zone it describes. It is important that you know which Zone you are located in when calling in. Your information, particularly from weather nets, is conveyed back to the Sheriff's Department and our other served agencies in this geographical way to help them better understand the situation. A link to an annotated map is located in the Weather Links side bar. If you have any questions please let one of the Leadership Team members know. Their e-mail addresses can be found via the Leadership link on the menu above.