The next Wilson Co. ARES Meeting will be Tuesday, March 11, 2014 at 6:00PM CST. We will once again meet at the Wilson EMA Headquarters located at 110 Oak St., Lebanon, TN 37087 at 6:00PM. All members are encouraged to attend. Any ham interested in public service is welcome to attend as well. We have several areas where you can get plugged in and would be happy to help you get started.
A new page is available on wilsoncoares.org - "Social Media"!
If you want to see the latest from us during severe weather or other ARES activations and activities but can't or don't want to go to Twitter or Facebook to see what's going on with us? Check out our "Social Media" page where you can find the latest tweets from us. At this time only our Twitter timeline is available but we are researching ways to bring our Facebook Timeline to the page as well.
We're back online after upgrading our software! We are now running the latest production release of Drupal (7.26). We have also added some new content and have some a few more changes to come. We will soon be adding back the Twitter and Facebook connections so that site updates are automaticAlly posted to our pages on both social media outlets.
When is ARES useful?
Wilson County Amateur Radio Emergency Service is useful when normal methods of communication are overloaded, out, or otherwise insufficient to meet the needs of a relief response or to handle the health, safety, and welfare needs of your group or event. We also are available for events which provide us an opportunity to practice and hone our operating skills.
Are you an FCC Licensed Amateur Radio Operator and a resident of Wilson County? If so, Wilson Co. ARES is always looking for new members to help us help our community. No special skills are required and regardless of how involved you want to be, there is a place for you! Download the attached applicationt, print it, fill it out, and bring it to one of our monthly meetings or e-mail our Emergency Coordinator, Michael Wright, N4MAW at firstname.lastname@example.org to find out how to turn it in sooner.
There are several different ways for an Amateur Radio Operator to participate in ARES. We will call these “Jobs” even though we do not get paid for performing them. As with any job you get, paid or volunteer, the jobs in ARES have some training requirements and other qualifications in order for a member to be able to fill them. This document will describe these jobs and what the minimum requirements for them are. Members who are willing to fill one or more of these positions should contact the Emergency Coordinator or (EC) any Assistant Emergency Coordinator (AEC) to volunteer.
Wilson County Amateur Radio Emergency Service members are the faces of amateur radio to the public and to our governmental and quasi-governmental agencies that we serve. As such, we have published guidelines under which we expect ARES registered volunteers will operate. Although these are not conditions for participation, we strongly encourage each ARES member to abide by these standards.