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Amateur Radio Emergency Services (ARES)

Support the Thursday night ARES training net, info below

The Forsyth County ARES Training Net meets each Thursday evening at 8:30 PM local time.

Until further notice, the ARES Training net will meet on the 147.315 (T 100) repeater for practice in directed net procedures and training topics relevant to disaster response and public service communications. All amateurs are invited to participate in the nets. Backup repeaters for the ARES net are the 145.47 MHz (T 100) and 146.64 MHz (T 100) repeaters.

Below is a recent edited excerpt ARES Report from the most recent Board of Directors Meeting Minutes:

Harlan Cobert, W1HRC, provided an update on recent activities. He announced that Mel Sadler, the director of Forsyth County Emergency Management, passed away in early January, and Robert Reece and Michelle Brock are jointly serving as interim director. The recent loss of Mr. Mel Sadler has pushed back a lot of plans involving FARC ARES as they scramble to deal with the extra load. Many classes had to be canceled and are being rescheduled. A drill is planned for some time this year.

Harlan spoke about Web EOC, which is an interoffice communications and task assignment and tracking tool. Harlan needs a few more to complete the Web EOC class so the 12-hour shifts in the EOC don’t fall on just him and Jim Mansfield-WA4NOT. You can sign up for the classes on NCTERMS, but you do have to be EOC qualified, which means having completed the FEMA 100, 200, 700 and 800 courses, and then having Harlan list you with the county.

Harlan reminded everyone who has taken the county courses to go back and do the Federal, take the tests and give him the certificates so they can get RACES qualified. Harlan Plans to run an exercise in March where the net will switch to the 10m band, probably on the 28.47 frequency, and a simplex exercise in April.

To contact Harlan, use:


Two important downloads for ARES are available:

The first downloadable file details correct phonetic alphabet pronounciation and prowords and the second downloadable file is the message form-ICS form 213

Phonetic alphabet pronounciation and prowords

message form-ICS form 213


ARES is the function of the Amateur Radio Relay League Field Organization which coordinates ham radio responses as communicators in disaster situations and public service events. Local ARES units are formed at the county level led by an appointed volunteer Emergency Coordinator. A ham radio license is required for ARES membership, as is a registration form listing contact information and band / mode capabilities. This form is available from the Emergency Coordinator. There are no fees or dues; nor is club membership required.

All hams may participate by volunteering their time and the use of their radio equipment for ARES activities. Currently almost all of our local activities use VHF / UHF FM; so hams with any class of license can participate.

Locally, ARES is sponsored by the Forsyth Amateur Radio Club which allows the use of the club’s repeaters and some of the club’s equipment for ARES needs.

Our primary disaster service partners are the American Red Cross and Forsyth Emergency Management. We participate in training exercises with them, and in communications emergencies can be activated to serve in their responses. The most likely activation is to provide backup communications in Red Cross shelters when they are opened.

The major public service event for Forsyth County ARES is the annual, two-day Tour to Tanglewood Bike MS event. Hams are stationed at rest areas and in event vehicles to provide point-to-point communications.

For more information or to join ARES, check into one of the ARES nets or contact the Emergency Coordinator at a FARC club meeting. A fill-in form to join ARES can be downloaded in the link below. Click HERE!