The Madison County Amateur Radio Emergency Service, ARES, is poised to provide communication during times of natural disasters or other civil emergencies impacting Madison County. Each Thursday at 7:30 PM the Madison County ARES group activates the Madison County Emergency Response Training Net alternating between the 146.94MHz and 147.22MHz/136.5 PL repeaters located in Huntsville on Monte Sano. Should an emergency or potential emergency exist the ARES group will activate the net in order to assist county agencies, the American Red Cross or the National Weather Service with communications.

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Upcoming Events:
February 12th 2015 at 6:00PM RACES/ARES combined meeting at the Huntsville EOC
320 Fountain Circle
March 10th 2015 at 5:30PM Skywarn Spotter Training Class (in lieu of regular meeting)
US Space & Rocket Center - Davidson Center
(National Geographic Theater)
1 Tranquility Base
Huntsville, AL
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April 9th 2015 at 6:00PM RACES/ARES combined meeting at the Huntsville EOC
320 Fountain Circle
May 14th 2015 at 6:00PM RACES/ARES combined meeting at the Huntsville EOC
320 Fountain Circle


Contact Information:
Emergency Coordinator Tim Holland (KK5H)
Assistant Emergency Coordinators Josh Roberson (WX4JRR)
Wayne Reed (K4TTZ)
Steve Smith (KM4CJ)
Tom Cash (KI4VFV)
Alan Seig (WB5RMG)


History of ARES

Amateur Radio Emergency Service, which has developed since 1935, is a part of the AmateurRadio Relay League (ARRL) Field Organization. Part 97 of the FCC's RULES and REGULATION, which covers the Amateur Radio Service ,states under "Basis and Purpose" in 97.1 (a) that: "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." Amateurs have been involved with Public-service communications, emergency communications, since 1913.

In the early days the involvement was unprepared and without any coordination. As stated in the PUBLIC SERVICE COMMUNICATIONS MANUAL, published by the ARRL, "As time progressed, the need for and value of organization became evident, resulting in the establishment of organized trunk lines and net systems; later the Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) and the National Traffic System (NTS) were formed to complete the organization." Today, "The Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) consists of licensed amateurs who have voluntarily registered their qualifications and equipment for communications duty in the public service when disaster strikes. Every licensed amateur, regardless of membership in ARRL or any other local or national organization, is eligible for membership in the ARES. The only qualification, other than the possession of an Amateur Radio license, is a sincere desire to serve. Because ARES is an amateur service, only amateurs are eligible for membership. The possession of emergency-powered equipment is desirable, but is not a requirement for membership".



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