Amateur Radio Emergency Service®

Eastern New York Section

David Galletly KM2O

Section Emergency Coordinator

Eastern New York Section

ENY Training Initiative

Based on models now in use in other sections across the country, ENY is recommending the implementation of a tiered training program for ARES® members in groups throughout the section. While this may be modified as ARRL revises its policies during the present nationwide ARES reorganization, this plan is presented for adoption and use by ENY ARES® groups.

The units are structured in "Taskbook" form similar to that used in qualification for several FEMA Incident Command System (ICS) positions. Level I aligns with the FEMA "RADO" or Radio Operator position under ICS. Each level requires successful completion of the previous level. ARES® Leaders should complete the activities at each level prior to signoff of member taskbooks. Level I and Level II requirements are based entirely on free online FEMA courses or demonstration of skills to the satisfaction of qualified ARES® leaders. Other learning which may require any fee based examination is limited to Level III. FEMA Online training is available at the FEMA Emergency Management Institute. EMI courses require a free FEMA Student Identification Number available here. Certificates showing successful completion of a course will be accepted for taskbook signoff purposes.


Level I Communicator (RADO)

Entry level into the ARES® organization, assumes certain skills by virtue of obtaining an Amateur Radio license, demonstration of equipment familiarity and FEMA ICS training.

Level II Communicator

Set of base level of validated skills desired by Eastern New York Section ARES®

Advanced Communicator (Level III)

Increased skill set validation along with additonal training courses recommended for qualification of leadership positions and/or voluntary inclusion in an ARES® Mutual Assistance Team (ARESMAT).

Jump Kit Information

Files with ideas on putting together deployment kits required for Level II and III.

Go-Kit Article by KE7HLR WEB Sonoma County (CA) ARES 24 hour checklist WEB Sonoma County (CA) ARES 72 hour checklist WEB
Installing Anderson Powerpoles

You Tube Video by W2AEW


A series of You Tube Video tutorials on setting up and using Narrow Band Emergency Messaging System (NBEMS) and the fldigi suite of programs by K4REF


A series of You Tube Video tutorials on setting up and using Winlink and the Winlink Express program by K4REF


Last Update: 04/19/2018