Utah County Amateur Radio Emergency Service
A.R.E.S. is a national organization of Amateur Radio Operators trained in Emergency Communications under the direction of the American Radio Relay League.
“The Amateur Radio Emergency Service® (ARES) consists of licensed amateurs who have voluntarily registered their qualifications and equipment, with their local ARES leadership, for communications duty in the public service when disaster strikes.” (http://www.arrl.org/ares)
UCARES is the A.R.E.S. group for Utah County and we coordinate directly with, and are supported by the Utah County Sheriff’s Office. We also have both official and un-official liaisons with numerous other public service agencies, emergency, health, and transportation entities throughout the County. Our members are all volunteers and hundreds if not thousands of volunteer hours each year are donated by our volunteers to our community. For more information on the groups we work with, take a look at our Liaisons page.
We are using Google Groups to stay connected off of the air. To sign up, please send an email to the organization leadership at the address “firstname.lastname@example.org”
For the ARRL ARES program, we are logging all ARES Volunteer and participation hours through ARES Connect. It can be found at https://arrl.volunteerhub.com/lp/ut/ Please use your amateur radio call sign for your Username.
Current meeting and EOC agency schedules can be found here!
UCARES Certification requirements can be found in the Resource Pages. Though not required to join ARES, Certification Levels demonstrate the level of proficiency and equipment you have, and are considered by UCARES leadership when making assignments for public service events and callouts.
Interested in participating?
- Start with reading through the Field Guide in the Resources section.
- Fill out the membership application form here.
- Check in with the training nets, Tuesday Nights at 9:00 PM MST on the 147.34 repeater (details in the field guide)
- Join us for the first Tuesday of the month face to face meeting. Click here to see meeting location and maps.
- Follow the group on Facebook and keep an eye on your email for event announcements and callouts.
The net scripts have been updated as of March 5th. Please download as needed. W7MJP”Read
Interface Meeting on June 1st will be virtual. It will start at 1900 hours. We will be doing Fireworks Watch Training. W7MJP”Read
Go to the events page to see all upcoming events. The next scheduled event is the Eagle Mountain Pony Express Days Parade happening at 1000 hours on June 5th, 2021. Click here to sign up to help with ham radio communications!”Read
Field Day is Saturday June 26th. We will be at North County Equestrian Park located approximately 6800 W 9200 N, Highland. We will be there from 11 am till 6 pm.”Read
ARES Connect will be ending June 30, 2021. There is no replacement in the works right now.”Read
Outdoor training will be Saturday May 15th starting at 0800 at Aspen Grove, Theater in the Pines. At present we expect to be wrapping up by 1330. If that means you need a lunch or snack handy, please come prepared. Please plan accordingly to keep yourself comfortable no matter the weather conditions for the duration.
We will share an agenda as the date approaches. A few topics to expect are Landing Zone prep/procedures, recognizing snow dangers and terminology, and medical considerations for hikers who may have previously recovered from COVID-19 and end up suffering unexpected complications on the mountain. We will also have a few hands-on breakout sessions on various topics, including a few light technical items not covered by TERT in recent years.
If you are new with TERT, or unfamiliar with the following topics, please take some time and familiarize yourself with a few videos from the archive prior to the 15th. These topics are all still very relevant for this year. Medical category: (Both of these presentations are from 2020 training) Heidi Vawdrey - First On Scene - SAMPLE, etc: 22:23 Heidi Vawdrey - Urgent Care on the Mountain: 1:03:59
Radio category: 800 MHz public service radio usage: Using the TERT radio autopatch Thanks for all you do with TERT. We expect a fun day learning and catching up with each of you!
In place of indoor training this year we will have a series of occasional online meetups where different topics and skills will be covered.”Read