Located in Brooklyn, NY, Kings County Amateur Radio Emergency Service is a volunteer organization of trained amateur radio operators who assist in public service and emergency communications. We are one of the five borough ARES groups which make up New York City District ARES. Additional information about our organization and the other boroughs can be found on the District website.
We hold meetings in January, March, May, July, September and November on the 2nd Wednesday of each month at 7:00pm at 250 Baltic Street in the Cobble Hill section of Brooklyn, NY.
The next meeting is scheduled for March 14th, 2018.
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- KB2SUR Kings County ARES Net Weekly Net every Sunday at 2000 hrs on 446.675 / -5Mhz / PL 114.8 through the generous facilities of the WA2JNF Repeater. This Net is named in honor of Bruce Salen KB2SUR – SK.
- WA2FTW Kings County ARES Digital Mobile Radio (DMR) Net every Thursday at 2000 hrs on the KB2RNI Hytera DMR repeater on Local ( 441.15 / +5Mhz / TG 2 / Color Code 1 / Time Slot 2). This net operates as an informal “FREE” or “OPEN” net, and will be moderated by a Net Control Operator whose function will be to simply facilitate a round table discussion about whatever topic the group wishes to cover. This Net is named in honor of our former Kings County AEC, Eric Bombe WA2FTW – SK.
All licensed amateur radio operators are welcome to attend any of our Nets or Meetings whether they are a member of ARES or not.
New York City District ARES holds a net every Monday at 2030 hrs on the W2ABC repeater, 147.270 +600Khz PL 141.3.
Kings County ARES, is an all-volunteer organization working in collaboration with the New York City District ARES and the American Radio Relay League (ARRL® the National Organization of Amateur Radio Operators), providing radio communications by FCC Licensed Amateur Radio Operators during times of emergency through our served agencies such as the American Red Cross, Salvation Army, Brookdale University Hospital, and the National Weather Service’s Skywarn Program.
In addition to providing emergency backup communication support for our served agencies, we have provided communication services for the following community events:
- Brooklyn Half Marathon
- The T.E.A.L. Run / Walk
- Dan’s 5k Fun Run / Walk
- Making Strides
- Prospect Park Turkey Trot
- Operation Santa Claus
To further this goal the Kings County ARES© :
- Conducts drills and exercises throughout the year to enable its members to test their deployment and communications equipment capabilities for base, mobile and portable operations.
- Maintains effective working relationships with the other four counties that comprise New York City District ARES ® through mutual aid operations, exercises, drills and activations
- Provides, free of charge, our services to community organizations for special events such as parades, walk-a-thons, bike-a-thons and others that may require radio communications to train our members in activation procedures, deployment, net protocols and operations in real time emergency scenarios.
- Reviews and revises its procedures to improve efficiency and effectiveness in responding to radio emergency communications operations.
- Strives to publicize ARES ® activities to increase public and governmental awareness of the group and its capabilities.
- Recruits and trains new members on an ongoing basis.
- Provide VE sessions to administer FCC license testing for new licenses and license upgrades.
** If you are interested in Public Service Communications and/or would like to join Kings County ARES contact our Emergency Coordinator: Simon Wurster, KD2LQE at KD2LQE@ARRL.NET **