Serving the borough of Manhattan and the City of New York, the New York County Amateur Radio Emergency Service (“ARES”) is a volunteer organization comprised of trained Amateur Radio operators who assist in public service and emergency communications. It is one of the 5 ARES groups within the New York City District ARES.
Additional information about the New York City District ARES may be found at the district’s website.
The New York County ARES is an all-volunteer organization working in collaboration with the New York City District ARES and the American Radio Relay League, providing radio communications by Amateur Radio Operators licensed by the Federal Communications Commission. During times of emergency, we serve agencies such as the American Red Cross, the Salvation Army, and the National Weather Service’s Skywarn Program.
In addition to providing emergency backup communication support for our served agencies, we provide communication services for many community events, including:
- Pancreatic Cancer Walk
- Lustgarten NYC Walk
- NAMI NYC Walk
- Hope & Heroes Walk
- Walk for PKD
- Walk to End Alzheimer’s
- L’Chaim 5K Run
- New York Be The Match Walk + Run
To further our goals, we:
- Conduct drills and exercises throughout the year so that our members may test their deployment and communications equipment capabilities for base, mobile and portable operations.
- Maintain effective working relationships with the 4 other counties that comprise the New York City District ARES ® through mutual aid operations, exercises, drills and activations.
- Provide, free of charge, our services to community organizations for special events such as parades, walk-a-thons, bike-a-thons and others that may require radio communications. These activities allows us to train our members in activation and deployment procedures, net protocols and operations in real time emergency scenarios.
- Review and revise our procedures to improve efficiency and effectiveness in responding to radio emergency communications operations.
- Strive to publicize ARES ® activities to increase public and governmental awareness of our group and its capabilities.
- Recruit and train new members on an ongoing basis.
- Provide Volunteer Examination sessions to administer FCC Amateur Radio license testing for new and upgrading amateurs.
We hold our County net on Tuesday evenings at 20:30 local time on the W2ABC repeater (147.270 MHz, +600 KHz offset, PL tone 141.3), through the generosity of the Broadcast Employees Amateur Radio Society.
Our members participate in the New York City District ARES net, held on Monday evenings at 20:30 local time on the W2ABC repeater (147.270 MHz, +600 KHz offset, PL tone 141.3), through the generosity of the Broadcast Employees Amateur Radio Society.
We will also schedule a County meeting at a location in Manhattan. Stay tuned for more announcements soon!