Are you interested in emergency communications? The Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) arm of the Amateur Radio Relay League (ARRL) 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.
Medina County is in ARES District 10. In the event of a Medina County ARES activation, it will be under the leadership of Bob Mueller K8MD, Medina County ARES Emergency Coordinator. You can contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org or, 330-722-4461.
Doug McClure KD8SST and Davis Rickon NF8O are Assistant Emergency coordinators.
the Medina County Amateur Radio Emergency Service (MCARES) has also been known in the past as MECARS.
Entry Level ARES members can assist with community events such as bicycle and foot races and participate in demonstrations such as at the Brunswick Home Depot Safety Days.
A station operating in ARES may communicate with any amateur station.
Every licensed amateur, regardless of age or membership in ARRL or any other local or national organization is eligible to apply for Entry-Level membership in ARES. The possession of emergency-powered equipment is desirable, but is not a requirement for membership. In Ohio, there is no mandatory coursework requirement for Entry Level membership, but coursework is mandatory for Level 2 and Level 3.
NOTE that Skywarn training is not mandatory, but is highly recommended for all levels. Click here for the National Weather Service (NWS) Skywarn training schedule.