Emergency Communications

Cape Cod ARES training exercise
Cape Cod ARES training exercise


Marek J Kozubal, KB1NCG
Section Emergency Coordinator
232 Renfrew St.
Arlington, MA 02476-7349
ARES Section Leadership


Radio amateurs have a proud history of providing communications during times of emergency. Some choose to volunteer directly and serve agencies’ communications needs, like the American Red Cross, Salvation Army, or local and state emergency management.  But the majority participate through the Amateur Radio Emergency Service. ARES® is comprised of licensed amateurs who have voluntarily registered their qualifications and equipment with their local ARES leadership for communications duty in the public service when disaster strikes. ARES members have responded to local and regional disasters since the 1930s, including the attacks of September 11, 2001 and the central Massachusetts ice storms in December, 2008.

Amateur Radio Emergency Service® (ARES)

Every licensed amateur, regardless of membership in ARRL or any other local or national organization is eligible to apply for membership in ARES.  Training may be required or desired to participate fully in ARES.  Because ARES is an Amateur Radio program, only licensed radio amateurs are eligible for membership. The possession of emergency-powered equipment is desirable, but is not a requirement for membership.


ARES in Eastern Massachusetts

photo of Cape Cod ARES drill, Feb. 10, 2018
Cape Cod ARES drill, Feb. 10, 2018

Eastern Massachusetts ARES serves 190 communities in eight counties east of the Worcester County line from the New Hampshire state border to Cape Cod and the Islands. The organization maintains a liaison with the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency through its Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Services (RACES) program as well as the National Weather Service Taunton Office’s SKYWARN™ program.

ARES members have distinguished themselves in service to the Taunton office of the National Weather Service through its SKYWARN program, and have a proven track record providing communications support at marathons and public events. They hold periodic training workshops, along with regular on-air nets.

How Do I Get Involved?

"When All Else Fails... Amateur Radio" logoIt’s easy to apply. You should reside in  Eastern Massachusetts but other residents of the Commonwealth are also welcome, particularly if you live near the Worcester County line. Additionally, due to a reciprocal agreement with New Hampshire ARES we are accepting memberships from New Hampshire.

Start by visiting the Eastern Massachusetts ARES Online Database and filling out the registration form. We also ask that you fill out the ARES Registration form from ARRL Headquarters and submit it to the Section Emergency Coordinator.


ARES Section Leadership

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Public Service Honor Roll

Each month in QST‘s Field Organization Reports column, the Public Service Honor Roll (PSHR) recognizes the efforts of Amateur Radio operators who are active in many aspects of public service. This includes net operations, traffic handling, emergency operations and public service communication support. There are chances that you’re already involved with some aspect of Amateur Radio that would apply to the Public Service Honor Roll (PSHR).

Take a look at these categories and descriptions to see where your Amateur Radio activities fit in. At the end of each calendar month, just add up your qualifying points. If it reaches the 70-point level (or more), you’ve qualified for the Public Service Honor Roll! Report the good news with your call sign and monthly PSHR point total to your ARRL Section Manager or Section Traffic Manager.  The ARRL section leaders, in turn, would forward the report onto ARRL Headquarters so that Headquarters staff may prepare these for listing in the Field Organization Reports segment of QST‘.  [via http://www.arrl.org]

For additional details, see http://www.arrl.org/public-service-honor-roll.


See Also

Appointment Descriptions:  Section Emergency Coordinator (SEC)  ❖   Assistant Section Emergency Coordinator (ASEC)   ❖   District Emergency Coordinator (DEC)    ❖   Assistant District Emergency Coordinator (ADEC)    ❖   Emergency Coordinator (EC)   ❖   Official Emergency Station  (OES)


Resources:  Section Emergency Plan    ❖     ARES Net Schedule    ❖    RACES Frequencies and Sectors   ❖    SKYWARN Frequencies   ❖    IRLP & EchoLink   ❖  Incident Command System Structure    ❖    ARRL Field Resources Manual   ❖   GoKit Checklist


Exercises: Cape Cod District ARES Exercise #60


Training: ARES Basic EmComm Workshop, 1/20/18, Walpole MA