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Amateur Radio Emergency Services (ARES)

The Forsyth County ARES Training Net meets each Thursday evening at 8:30 PM local time on the 145.47 (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.

Two important downloads are available:

First is a file detailing 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

Upcoming special ARES events are:


1. September 16-17 is the Tour to Tanglewood event. More hams are needed for this event. If you can help, contact the ARES coordinator Harlan Cobert below:


2. Saturday, October 14 from 9 AM to 11 AM is Net Control Station Training at the Red Cross Building. (Tentative)

3. Initially planned for Saturday-Sunday, 11-12 November but to be rescheduled possibly for a different date: Classroom Instruction ICS-100, ICS-200, ICS-700 and ICS-800

IMPORTANT!!! ARES Members wishing to take the NC Emergency Management classroom offered courses such as ICS 100, 200, 700 and 800 must register for them via the NC Training and Exercise Management System (TERMS). Courses are open to the public and may fill up fast. Register now if you are interested. Members must first sign up in the system and complete a profile. Under Agency Represented type in "Forsyth County ARES" and under discipline select "Amateur Radio". Complete all * items in your profile for registration. Once registered you will be able to sign up for select courses that deal with amateur radio and emergency services such as the ICS course, EOC operations, etc. Additionally any FEMA online courses you have taken will be imported automatically from FEMA to the TERMS system and you will have a record of all course from FEMA and NC that you have taken. To register in TERMS go to: Click HERE!

Below are links to registering for the courses.

  • IS 700/800
  • IS 100
  • IS 200

  • If you have questions, please email Harlan Cobert at the email address above

    As always, self-paced on-line instruction is always available at https://training.fema.gov/is/

    ALL ABOUT ARES

    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!