Located in Bronx, NY, Bronx Amateur Radio Emergency Service is a volunteer organization of trained amateur radio operators who assist in public service and emergency communications. As one of the five borough ARES groups which make up New York City District ARES, Additional information about our organization and the other boroughs can be found on the district website.
- We hold our weekly net every Tuesday evening at 20:30 local time on the W2ABC repeater, 147.270 MHz, +600 Khz offset, PL 141.3 through the generosity of the Broadcast Employee Amateur Radio Society.
All licensed amateur radio operators are welcome to attend any of our Nets or Meetings whether they are a member of ARES or not.
Bronx County ARES, is an all-volunteer organization working in collaboration with the New York City District ARES and the American Radio Relay League (ARRL® the National Organization of Amateur Radio Operators), providing radio communications by FCC Licensed Amateur Radio Operators during times of emergency through our served agencies such as the American Red Cross, Salvation Army, Brookdale University Hospital, and the National Weather Service’s Skywarn Program.
In addition to providing emergency backup communication support for our served agencies, we have provided communication services for the following community events:
- The New York City Marathon
- Community Mayors Operation Santa
- The Lustgarten Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research
- Hurricane Irene Disaster Relief Operations
- Hurricane Sandy Disaster Relief Operations
- Brooklyn Half Marathon
- The T.E.A.L. Run / Walk
- Turkey Trot
To further this goal the Bronx County ARES© :
- Conducts drills and exercises throughout the year to enable its members to test their deployment and communications equipment capabilities for base, mobile and portable operations.
- Maintains effective working relationships with the other four counties that comprise New York City District ARES ® through mutual aid operations, exercises, drills and activations .
- Provides, free of charge, our services to community organizations for special events such as parades, walk-a-thons, bike-a-thons and others that may require radio communications to train our members in activation procedures, deployment, net protocols and operations in real time emergency scenarios.
- Reviews and revises its procedures to improve efficiency and effectiveness in responding to radio emergency communications operations.
- Strives to publicize ARES ® activities to increase public and governmental awareness of the group and its capabilities.
- Recruits and trains new members on an ongoing basis.
- Provide VE sessions to administer FCC license testing for new licenses and license upgrades.
** If you are interested in Public Service Communications and/or would like to join Bronx County ARES contact our District Emergency Coordinator: Bob Jordan at KD2BQM@arrl.net**