ARES is the Amateur Radio Emergency Service, a program of the ARRL. RACES is the Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service, defined by federal regulations and authorized locally by the appropriate emergency management official. SKYWARN is a program of the National Weather Service.

For more general information on volunteer emergency communications, see the Emcomm page of the NNY Section website.

One of the primary goals of the Hamilton County Amateur Radio Club is to assist in an emergency by providing back-up or supplemental communications as needed.We are federally-licensed volunteer amateur ("ham") radio operators and engage in regular training and preparation for emergency operations.

The Hamilton County Amateur Radio Club club supports ARES,RACES, and SKYWARN. However, you do not have to be a club member to participate in ARES, RACES, or SKYWARN.

It is significant that the Federal Communications Commission's Rules and Regulations governing Amateur Radio (Part 97) state, as the first principle under "Basis and Purpose," the following: "Recognition and enhancement of the value of the amateur service to the public as a voluntary non-commercial communication service, particularly with respect to providing emergency communications."

Here are some articles about ham radio and emergency communications:
Hurricane Katrina Articles:
Amateur Radio Earning Praise, Respect in Hurricane Katrina Relief (ARRL. Sept. 16, 2005)
Ham radio operators to the rescue after Katrina (MSNBC. Sept. 6, 2005)
Ham radio operators tune in hurricane help (Christian Science Monitor. Sept. 15, 2005)
Ham radio operator heads south to aid post-Katrina communications (Computerworld. Sept. 7, 2005)
Ham radio volunteers help re-establish communications after Katrina (Computerworld, Sept. 6, 2005)
As Telecom Reels From Storm Damage, Ham Radios Hum (Wall Street Journal, Sept. 6, 2005)
Ham Radio Operators Relay Messages, Help Save Lives After Hurricane Katrina (About.com. Sept. 4, 2005)
In Katrina's Wake, Ham Radio triumphs (Electronic Design. Sept. 19, 2005)
Ham Radio Operators Rise to Occasion of Another Disaster (Newhouse News Service. Sept. 1, 2005)
Ham radio serves in Katrina's path (Test and Measurement. Sept. 7, 2005)
Ham radio aids recovery effort (Columbia Missourian. Sept. 5, 2005)
Ham Radio's Helping Hand (DefenseTech. Sept. 7, 2005)
Ham radio operators reach out and help hurricane survivors (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Aug. 31, 2005)
Toledo-Area Amateur Radio Operators Help Hurricane Victims (WTOL Sept. 15, 2005)
Volunteer Ham Radio Operators to Receive Grant To Enhance Emergency Communications in Hurricane Region (VolunteerToday.com)
Ham radio operators help direct remote rescue (WVLT Knoxville TN, Oct. 2005)
Ham radio to tap in if earthquake strikes (The Albuquerque tribune Sept. 20, 2005)
President Bush Sends Greetings to Field Day Participants (ARRL Letter. June 24, 2005)
Ham Radio Operators Become Asset to Homeland Security (Newhouse News Service)
Have a Field Day: Why you should try ham radio (ZDNet)
Amateur Radio Operators Shine in Crises (MRT)
Also see:
Emergency Communications overview from the ARRL

Please contact Northern New York ARES Section Emergency Coordinator Peter Newell KC2WI for more information about ARES, RACES, and SKYWARN in Hamilton County.

For more general information on ham radio emergency communications, see the Emcomm pages of the Northern New York ARRL Section website.

Radiogram forms and supplemental info for members