ARES Meetings Canceled

Due to the recent events happening around the state related to the Corona Virus  Future ARES meetings are canceled. We will keep everyone updated about the status

Please wash your hands often and stay healthy. 


Union County Amateur Radio Emergency Service

Welcome to the ARES (Amateur Radio Emergency Service) group in Union County.We work with the Union County EMA ( Emergency Management Agency ) and their RACES group. The RACES group meets regularly on Wed evenings around 6:30ish at the Marvin C. Gilbert EMA Operations Building - EMA Station 720.

The ARES group meets monthly on the 3rd Monday of the month at 7pm at the Marvin C. Gilbert EMA Operations Building - EMA Station 720. Most ARES and RACES volunteers are part of both groups. 

Parks On The Air Group ( POTA )

George, KE8NIY is getting a POTA group together to activate Ohio Parks on a monthly basis for Parks on The Air . Park activations may take place in an afternoon or may be a weekend camping trip. The goal is to give everyone that is interested in learning and practicing operating portable one weekend a month to do just that. A weekend camping POTA activation would provide the opportunity to test out a 2 or 3 day deployment bag/kit.

80 Meter ARES net message from Stan

Hi all!  Well, the winter / gray line activity has clobbered 75 meters for local communications. Our last nets have been extremely difficult for all, and it looks to be getting worse.  So as we have in the past, we will suspend the state ARES HF net on Tuesday evenings until probably the end of March (or whenever the band comes back.)   I want to thank you all for your dedication to our nets- check-ins have been impressive all year!

Ohio EMA Flyer with training courses

Message from Stan:
Hi gang- here is a flyer from Ohio EMA with training courses and dates. Notice the near-term 300/400 courses are full but look further into 2021 for open dates. There are other courses that might be of interest as well!  Make reservations early- since they’re “virtual” they will probably fill very soon!


Upcoming Projects

Poles going up for a 160m loop antenna.

The covid infection rate has been increasing a lot. This effects when we will be able to do face to face activities.
Please let me know if you are interested in helping out with some upcoming projects at EMA Station 720 when we are able to do so.
The projects at Station 720 are as follows:

Eclectic Tech Podcast

The Ecletic Tech Podcast episode 20 has a good interview with ARRL's Emergency Preparedness Director. Its well worth a listen. 

Episode 20  A chat with ARRL Emergency Preparedness Director Paul Gilbert, KE5ZW, about the future of amateur radio technology in public service. Also, a new power source using diamonds and nuclear waste.

News Letter

I have created a news letter for our ARES group using mail chimp. It will read the RSS feed from the website. Mailchimp will then generate an e-mail with new content that is put on the front page of the website and email it out to everyone for the news letter. This will make it easier to keep everyone updated about ARES related events on the website as well as e-mail.  I have added everyone I have been e-mailing about ARES related information to mailchimp. If you are not getting the news letter from Mailchimp, check your spam folder.