In February of 2022, Hamilton County experienced a nearly complete outage of all commercial communications (telephone, cell phone, and Internet). Of course, Amateur Radio still worked. When (not if) this happens again, we need to be more organized and prepared to help ourselves, our neighbors, and our communities across the county. We are looking for a new ARES Emergency Coordinator and more people to get involved with emergency communications.
If you do not have an amateur radio license, we will help you get yours. A license preparation course will be held if there is sufficient interest. Contact Section Emergency Coordinator .
The Hamilton County ARES/RACES Training Net currently meets at 7:00 PM on the Speculator Repeater, with an additional session immediately following on the Blue Mountain repeater. We are looking for more participants including net control stations on both repeaters. Alternate times and days are being considered to accommodate all who wish to participate.
Hamilton County ARES Training Schedule:
|Every Monday except 3rd||7:00 PM||ARES/RACES Training Net on the Speculator (Oak Mt.) and Blue Mt. repeaters. We are looking for net control and alternate net control stations on both repeaters. (You need not have to be able to hit both repeaters. A net session could also be held on the Long Lake repeater.) The schedule is open to change to accommodate participant schedules. Ultimately we plan to link the repeaters but for now, the net will be called on first on Oak if net controls are not available for both repeaters. Please contact if you would like to participate but can't do so on the currently scheduled day or time. No experience necessary.|
|3rd Monday except December||TBD||In-person ARES/RACES Training TBD before or after the Hamilton County ARC meeting. Location and schedule subject to change to accommodate participant schedules. Please contact if you would like to participate but can't do so on the currently scheduled day.|
|Any Day||5:00 PM||Independent Training: Check in to New York Public Operations Net on 3925|
|Any Day||6:00 PM||Independent Training: Check in to New York State Phone Traffic & Emergency Net on 3925|
|Tuesday January 3 2023||5:30 ~ 7:00 PM||Meet at EOC (Lake Pleasant Fire Dept). Test radios. Check in to NYSPTEN at 6:00 and NNYHEN at 6:15 PM This net repeats on the first Tuesday of each quarter. Please contact Section Emergency Coordinator for more information.|
At the end of every month, please report any independent training you engaged in to .
Hamilton County ARES EC Peter Weaver KC2GCH has resigned due to time constraints. We thank Peter for his many years of service. If you are interested in this leadership position or being an assistant EC, please contact Section Emergency Coordinator .