Union County ARES/RACES

There are an ARES (Amateur Radio Emergency Service) group and a RACES (Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service) group in Union County. Both groups are involved with the Union County EMA ( Emergency Management Agency ). The RACES group meetS regularly on Wed evenings around 6:30ish at EMA Station 720.

The ARES group meets monthly on the 3rd Monday of the month at 7pm at EMA station 720. Most ARES and RACES volunteers are part of both groups. 
Union County
EMA Station 720
435 N. Maple St.
Marysville, OH 43040

Ohio ARES is now setup as a 2 tier system of members, Tier 2 and Tier 1.

Tier 2 ARES volunteers need to have a minium technician amateur radio license. Tier 2 ARES members will be able to participate in non-emergency activities like helping provide communications for local events and participate in training excercises/events.

Tier 1 ARES volunteers need to be trained and certified in IS-100, IS-200, IS-700 and IS-800. These FEMA courses can be completed online from here
https://training.fema.gov/emiweb/is/icsresource/trainingmaterials.htm Tier 1 ARES members can be activated for emergency events when needed. This may also include deploying to other areas in and around Ohio if requested.

If you are interested in becoming part of the Union County ARES group stop by on a 3rd monday evening meeting, fill out the online form on the Ohio Section Website,  or contact the ARES Union County EC, Ed Liddle at ed.liddle (at) gmail.com 

Weekly ARES Training

  • Mondays starting January 8th at 7:15pm ARES training will be held at EMA Station 720.
  • The first training topic will be going over the ARES Field Resource Manual. A PDF of the ARES field manual can be downloaded from the ARRL site Here
  • The ARES Manual PDF can be downloaded from the ARRL site Here


Here are some links with additional information about ARES and RACES.
ARES vs RACES FAQ - http://www.arrl.org/ares-races-faq
Basic RACES information - http://www.usraces.org/
ARRL ARES Information - http://www.arrl.org/ares
ARES training information- http://arrl-ohio.org/SEC/training.html

Union County ARES/RACES information:

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