A.C.A.R.E.S. stands for Arapahoe County Amateur Radio Emergency Services. We are the 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
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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.
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 here.
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: NIFOG_1_4_j_linked_for_pda.pdf
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 here. Thanks to Wayne for scanning those for us!
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 Click here to download it.
The Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) consists of licensed amateurs who have voluntarily registered their qualifications and equipment for communications duty in the public service when disaster strikes. Every licensed amateur, regardless of membership in ARRL 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. Because ARES is an amateur radio service, only amateur radio operators are eligible for membership. The possession of emergency-powered equipment is desirable, but is not a requirement for membership.
Although this is the serious side of the hobby, our members enjoy the work we do for our served agencies.
To join, just complete these forms and mail them to the address on the membership application.
Ham Radio Classes
For those interested in becoming a Ham Radio operator there are several clubs in the area who periodically hold regular classes. These include:
*Ham Radio Two-Day License Class*
Sat Oct 3 and Sat Oct 10 (8 AM to 5 PM) 2015
Location: Black Forest Fire Station 1, Black Forest, CO
A schedule of Ham Radio Examinations can also be found on the ARRL's website at: http://www.arrl.org/exam_sessions/search
A schedule of Ham Radio Examinations offered by Cherry Creek Young Amateur Radio Club and Rocky Mountain Ham Radio is at https://hamstudy.org/sessions/
The "Official" ACARES shirts are available for purchase by members. The preferred color is Royal Blue and has the multi-Color ACARES logo embroidered. These sharp looking shirts are locally done and take about 2 weeks for delivery. You may order yours at Monograms To Go, Inc. Their address is: 364 S. Chambers Road, in Aurora and they are on the NE corner of South Chambers Road and East Alameda Avenue. Click here for a map.