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Support the Thursday night ARES training net, info below

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

Until further notice, the ARES Training net will meet on the 147.315 (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. Backup repeaters for the ARES net are the 145.47 MHz (T 100) and 146.64 MHz (T 100) repeaters.

Below is recent information from Harlan Cobert-W1HRC

The Forsyth County ARES Team remains active with the Winston Salem / Forsyth County Emergency Management Agency as well as surrounding jurisdictions and public service entities such as the MS Society and the American Red Cross. To become a team member you must be a licensed Technician amateur operator or above. There are no dues and while there are lots of training opportunities there are minimal training requirements. Submit Form 98 to the Emergency Coordinator (W1HRC Harlan) via email at the address further below or in person at any FARC meeting.

Upcoming local events:

April 26: Simplex Exercise 2030 hours starting after the weekly ARES Net check-in. Simplex frequency to be used is 146.580 Mhz.

Future Training Being Planned:

First Aid and CPR/AED



Wednesday, May 16, 2018, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the N.C. Cooperative Extension building, 1450 Fairchild Road, Winston-Salem.

WEB EOC (We need 4 more to get qualified)

This course is for select EOC personnel and provides training on the web base EOC program that is used to communicate within the EOC and document the event. Persons completing this training will act as the senior operator during EOC operations. Remember before seeking this training that typical disaster shifts in the EOC are 12 hours. If you cannot do this type of shift, please do not seek this training as we are limited to the total number of persons that can access this system.

Personnel must be approved for the course by the ARES EC and Emergency Management. Those desiring the course should make their request initially to the ARES EC who will advise Emergency Management that you are approved for the course.

Training Dates are:

Thursday, April 19, 1:00 – 4:00
Thursday, July 19, 1:00 – 4:00
Thursday, September 13, 1:00 – 4:00
Thursday, November 15, 1:00 – 4:00



This course is designed for those auxiliary emergency communicators and groups who volunteer to provide backup emergency radio communications support to public safety and emergency response professionals and their agencies. Held at the Charlotte Police and Fire Academy

Training Dates are:

Wednesday. May 09, 2018 0800 - 1800
Thursday. May 10, 2018 0800 - 1800
Friday. May 11, 2018 0800 - 1800

Prerequisite: Must have completed ICS-100, 200, 700 and 800 courses and hold an FCC General License or above.


ARES Documentation:

Some important downloads for ARES are available and can be downloaded by clicking on each link below:

Phonetic alphabet pronounciation and prowords

message form-ICS form 213


ARES Go-Kits Checklist

ARES Net Controller SOP

**Note**: To contact Harlan, use:



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!