The Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) is an organization consisting of FCC licensed Amateur Radio Operators who are ready and willing to use their communications skills and their equipment to aid their communities in times of disaster, or to assist in public service at planned events.

In Lucas County, Ohio, ARES has a close working relationship with the County Office of Emergency Management and the local hospitals. We hold drills and training nets to sharpen our communications skills and also manage an infrastructure of repeaters and amateur radio stations to provide the citizens of Lucas County with an emergency communications capability. We also render assistance to public safety agencies at large-scale public events when requested.

Lucas County ARES Meets each month (on the 4th Saturday) at 9:00am - St. Lukes Hospital Basement - Private Dining Room.

Daily ARES Traffic Nets are held on the 147.375 repeater repeater at 6:30pm.

LCARES also performs quarterly testing and training using area hospital equiped VHF/UHF/DV D-Star radios. You can get more information about these nets by attending a monthly LCARES meeting.

HF Nets are also conducted 40 and 80 meters.  The Ohio State Voice (OSSBN) and Digital (OHDEN) ARES Nets run daily/weekly.  Also nets from the State EMA office are also periodically conducted.  Your participation is also encouranged on these and all local nets - however, please listen, listen, listen and practice with your equipment before transmitting - as these nets are "working nets".

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