A.C.A.R.E.S. stands for Arapahoe County Amateur Radio Emergency Services. We are the one of the largest and fastest growing ARES groups in the state of Colorado. We are proud of the service we provide and are always looking for good people and new opportunities to serve our community. To see our upcoming events view our Calendar


Recently during our Weather Nets and other training's you have probably heard Net Control say he or she will take check ins by "Zones." The Zones they are referring to are as follows:

  1. North of US 285 (Hampden Ave) and west of I-225
  2. North of East CR 30 (Quincy Ave) and east of I-225
  3. South of US 285 (Hampden Ave) and west of SH CO 83 (Parker Road)
  4. South of East CR 30 (Quincy Ave) and east of SH CO 83 (Parker Road)
  5. All areas east of Watkins Road

In the list above, each number is assigned to the Zone it describes. It is important that you know which Zone you are located in when calling in. Your information, particularly from weather nets, is conveyed back to the Sheriff's Department and our other served agencies in this geographical way to help them better understand the situation. A link to an annotated map is located in the Weather Links side bar. If you have any questions please let one of the Leadership Team members know. Their e-mail addresses can be found via the Leadership link on the menu above.

2015 Severe Storm Spotter Certification Class

Mark your calendars for 7pm on Thursday, April 9. Doors open at 6pm as ACARES in conjunction with the Arapahoe County Sheriff's Office OEM, Cherry Creek Schools, and the National Weather Service present a FREE Severe Storm Spotter Certification Class. If you are looking to be certified or just interested in Severe Weather in our area you are cordially invited to attend as this is open to the public. We ask that you RSVP to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. so that we have enough room and materials for you. A flyer can be downloaded here.

The class is open to the Public and FREE and will be held at the Cherry Creek Instructional Support Facility, 5416 S. Riviera Way, Centennial, CO. This is located on the northeast corner of S. Picadilly Street and S. Riviera Way. Click here for a Google Map. For questions or more information please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

National Emergency Communications Plan

The Department of Homeland Security just released The National Emergency Communications Plan. AuxComm is mentioned several times in the form of auxiliary communications resources or volunteers. Here is an example from page 80.  “Likewise, volunteer organizations such as community emergency response teams and auxiliary communications volunteers (e.g., amateur radio operators; also called Hams) play key roles in emergency communications and preparedness.” To download the PDF version click here.

National Interoperability Field Operations Guide

This copy was originally downloaded from the Safecom website and you may find the one below is better to use since Greg Pettis was kind enough to take the time to link and bookmark the pages for easier navigation on a PDA, smart phone, tablet or computer. It can be download via this link: NIFOG_1_4_j_linked_for_pda.pdf

D22 Newsletters from years gone by

Wayne, N0POH, was going through some files and found some newsletters dating from 1988 to about 2006 and has scanned them into a single 37 page PDF file that can be downloaded here. Thanks to Wayne for scanning those for us!

PDA Version of the AUXFOG

The Department of Homeland Security has released a PDA sized version of their Auxiliary Communications Field Operations Guide (AUXFOG) in PDF format Click here to download it.


The Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) consists of licensed amateurs who have voluntarily registered their qualifications and equipment for communications duty in the public service when disaster strikes. Every licensed amateur, regardless of membership in ARRL or any other local or national organization, is eligible for membership in ARES. The only qualification, other than possession of an Amateur Radio license, is a sincere desire to serve. Because ARES is an amateur radio service, only amateur radio operators are eligible for membership. The possession of emergency-powered equipment is desirable, but is not a requirement for membership.

Although this is the serious side of the hobby, our members enjoy the work we do for our served agencies.

To join, just complete these forms and mail them to the address on the membership application.

Ham Radio Classes

For those interested in becoming a Ham Radio operator there are several clubs in the area who periodically hold regular classes. These include:

                   Denver Radio Club

                   ARRL (American Radio Relay League)

A schedule of Ham Radio Examinations can also be found on the ARRL's website at: http://www.arrl.org/exam_sessions/search


The "Official" ACARES shirts are available for purchase by members. The preferred color is Royal Blue and has the multi-Color ACARES logo embroidered. These sharp looking shirts are locally done and take about 2 weeks for delivery. You may order yours at Monograms To Go, Inc. Their address is: 364 S. Chambers Road, in Aurora and they are on the NE corner of South Chambers Road and East Alameda Avenue. Click here for a map.