Chesapeake Amateur Radio Emergency Service
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.
Every licensed amateur, regardless of membership in ARRL or any other local or national organization is eligible to apply for membership in ARES. Training may be required or desired to participate fully in ARES. Please inquire at the local level for specific information. Because ARES is an Amateur Radio program, only licensed radio amateurs are eligible for membership. The possession of emergency-powered equipment is desirable, but is not a requirement for membership.
CARS works with the Department of Emergency Management in the City of Chesapeake in assisting with providing emergency communications during emergency situations. This can be in the form of providing communications from various shelters and other public safety facilities in the city to the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) of the city. Our repeater systems are also utilized to to provide a communications network between handheld radios, mobile units as well as base stations to make sure everyone who needs to be heard on the air is able to get necessary communications where it needs to go. CARS also assists with operating HF (High Frequency) radio systems to communicate longer distances out of the area if necessary.
When all else fails, Amateur Radio can get out when other communication systems are not able.
We are always looking for individuals who want to donate their time and talents to the service of their community.
- If you would like to learn more please contact our C*A*R*E*S coordinator, Van Rowe, KM4KBS at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- If you have a Facebook account and are a member of the local ARES Emergency Communications team please join our C.A.R.E.S. Facebook group.
- Interested in helping out in emergencies? Start here: ICS-100: Introduction to the Incident Command System
C.A.R.E.S. Weekly Net
(Wednesday Evenings @ 8pm)
- CARES holds a weekly Net every Wednesday night at 8:00 pm (2000 hours)
- The weekly CARES Net is on the primary 146.82 MHz repeater (PL 162.2 Hz) or the secondary 146.79 Mhz repeater (PL 88.5 Hz) for discussions in emergency communications and procedures.
- If you are in range of our repeater and want to help us with emergency communications, please join us on Wednesday evenings.
CARES – Net Control Script (pdf) : If a member of the CARES team would like to help operate as Net Control on a Wednesday evening, you can download a copy of the Net Script here. If you are operating as Net Control please make sure you email that evenings Net Log information to both Emergency Coordinators once the Net is over.
** CARES Net Script.pdf **
ARRL ARES/RACES Emergency Operations Frequencies (Virginia)
This is a list that Ham’s should be aware of. It can help to keep you better informed and AVOID ANY POTENTIAL INADVERTENT INTERFERENCE. During the time(s) that these frequencies are in EMERGENCY operations it is suggested that they be given 5 KHz spacing on either side.
- 3.907.00 LSB Virginia Emergency
- 3.943.00 LSB
- 3.947.00 LSB Old Dominion Emergency Net-Alpha
- 3.980.00 LSB Southeast Virginia ARES
- 7.240.00 LSB
- 7.243.00 LSB Old Dominion Emergency Net
- 7.248.00 LSB Old Dominion Emergency Net-Bravo
ARES – Manuals & Training
- Download the ARES Manual [PDF]
- ARES Field Resources Manual [PDF]
- ARES Standardized Training Plan Task Book [Fillable PDF]
- ARES Standardized Training Plan Task Book [Word]
- Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES – ARRL Website)
- Emergency Communications Training (ARRL Website)
ARRL EmComm Training & FEMA Emergency Courses
- IS-100.B: Introduction to Incident Command System
- IS-200.C: Basic Incident Command System for Initial Response
- IS-700.B: An Introduction to the National Incident Management System
- IS-800.B: National Response Framework, An Introduction
Additional FEMA Resources
CARES & ARES Related Websites & Social Media
- YouTube Channels
- Facebook Groups
- WinLink Information
- ARES SETS (Simulation Emergency Test)