Amateur radio operators belonging to ARES (and its predecessor, the Amateur Radio Emergency Corps) have responded to local and
regional disasters since the 1930s, including the attacks of September 11, 2001 and Hurricane Katrina. During the Katrina event more
than one thousand ARES volunteers assisted in the aftermath and provided communications for the American Red Cross, The Salvation
Army, and other individuals related to the relief effort. After Katrina Hancock County, Mississippi had lost all contact with the outside world,
except through ARES operators who served as 911 dispatchers and message relayers.
ARES has deployed for a variety of other emergencies and disasters, including the 2003 North America blackout. The blackout covered a
wide geographical area of North America. In the United States its scope included Cleveland, Detroit, and New York City. Landline
telephones and cell phone systems were overloaded and Amateur's ability to operate off the grid was put to the test. On Long Island in
New York many pieces of health and welfare traffic were passed on VHF and HF nets. (Courtesy Wikipedia)
In fact one of the first ham radio emergency contacts was in Columbus!
That’s right! Here’s the man: Herbert Ackerberg. In 1913 he was 15 living in the Hilltop (Franklinton) just off Broad Street when the Great
Flood hit. He’s credited with using ham radio for the first time for emergency communications.
Delaware ARES continues the tradition
The Delaware County ARES is very active with well over 50 ham radio volunteers. We are hosted by the Delaware County HS/EMA and
we serve EMA, Red Cross, public safety agencies and public service organizations. We have a radio net the first Thursday of every
month, and we meet to train on the second Thursday - most often at the county’s Emergency Operations Center. We have trained in many
areas to be of assistance:
FEMA damage assessment
Search and Rescue documentation and marking
Terrorism awareness for public events
Red Cross shelter operations
and the lineup of FEMA study courses
Our group is activated any time the EOC is operational, and we’re part of several emergency protocols for the county. We also provide
free communications for large public events such as triathlons, bicycle events and more.
Canned Ham II - Self-
Contained Comms in a
Delaware ARES makes use of
“Canned Ham II”, a completely
self-sufficient RV with a
communications office inside.
This trailer carries extensive
communication gear, both ham
and commercial. It contains a
portable 440 repeater, a
generator and provisions for
We use if as one of the stations
during the DELARA Field Day
effort. It’s in use for major
statewide events such as
Pelatonia, TOSRV, Pan-Ohio
Hope Ride, GOBA and others.
It is available to go anywhere
when activated for emergency
Click this link to our DELARES
website to download our
membership form. Or, click to
contact Stan, N8BHL.
ARES - The Amateur Radio Emergency Service
Want to be a part of ARES?
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
The Delaware Amateur Radio Association, Delaware Ohio