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Amateur Radio Emergency Services (ARES)

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.

The ARES Training net will meet on the 145.470 (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 is the 146.64 MHz (T 100) repeater.

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.



Tour to Tanglewood (Sept 22-23)
View a pdf version of the May 30 Tour to Tanglewood information newsletter recently send out by Forsyth County Amateur Radio Emergency Coordinator Harlan Cobert-W1HRC on the link below:

  • Tour to Tanglewood Newsletter

  • Previous information sent out by Harlan: New routes up around Pilot Mountain will require additional SAG vehicles, additionally there will be 11 rest stops instead of the typical 8 we have been used to. Finally, we will be using the Wake Forest Baptist Hospital Mobile Command Post (53 ft tractor trailer) for our communications and command post setup operating for the first time as a truly integrated ICS command post with HAM operators, Law Enforcement, EMS MS staff all in the same location. As you can see there will be a need for more personnel in the field and at the command post (35 minimum needed).

    Click the link below to sign up to help with the event:
    Tour to Tanglewood Signup

    Tour to Tanglewood Related Training

    August FARC meeting night from 1830 to 1900 – Traffic control training for SAG’s and rest stop personnel.

    Late August / Early September: HAM/SAG Conference call to walk through MS Crisis/Emergency Operations Plan.



    FEMA has introduced a new on-line course ion the FEMA Emergency Management Institute for Damage Assessment. This course is recommended for all Forsyth County ARES Members as we may be tasked with such operations following a disaster. To be part of the Damage Assessment Team (DAT) you must have completed formal DAT training. This course is 8-hours long and fulfills the formal training requirement. To take the training you must be registered with the FEMA Emergency Management Institute and have been issued a Student ID number. The course can be accessed at:

    IS-1160 Training Link

    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, September 13, 1:00 – 4:00
    Thursday, November 15, 1:00 – 4:00

    Course Location: Forsyth County Government Center, 201 N. Chestnut, Winston-Salem, 3rd Floor, MIS Professional Development Center


    Download the WebEOC training FLYER 2018 from the link below

    WebEOC Training Flyer

    ECOMM NCS Training: October 20, 2018 (Tenative)
    This course prepared Amateur Operators to function as an Emergency Communications Net Controller in Emergency Operations Centers and Forward Command Posts. Training includes ICS forms and their completion, message traffic handling, net operations as well as how to handle on air disruptions. The course has been expanded to a full day.


    Future Training Being Planned:

    First Aid and CPR/AED

    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 Member SOP

    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!