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.

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 server. 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.