Sussex County ARES is comprised of FCC licensed operators who volunteer their time providing emergency communications to Sussex County, Delaware, when needed. Sussex County ARES provides back up emergency communications to several served agencies in Sussex County.
Sussex County ARES staff consists of the Emergency Coordinator (EC), Assistant Emergency Coordinators (AEC’s), Skywarn Coordinator and any specifically designated operator(s) which will provide liaison services for the ARES group. The ARES organization is not subdivided into local municipalities to allow maximum flexibility in response. It is also NOT divided along “club boundaries” for the same reason.
Sussex County ARES holds regularly scheduled net sessions. The purpose of the net is to provide training, test emergency center radio equipment and to provide information about ARES activities in and around Sussex County.
The Sussex ARES Net is held on first and third Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m. local time, on the ARES Primary Repeater 147.090 MHz (PL 156.7). Additional area NETS can be found on the NETS page.
Christiana ARES (CARES) Resumes Digital Training Zoom's
CARES resumes their popular biweeekly Digital Training Online Zoom training classes starting Tuesday, Septermber 19, 2023 at 1930 hours. These training classes go over many types of digital operations for Emergency Communications. Classes include FLDigi, WinLink, VarAC, VARA HF/FM, and others. The Zoom link provided provided will be good for three sessions. Visit the Training Page for the Zoom log in details.
Sussex County ARES countywide Hospital Drill
Sussex ARES held a countywide hospital drill on Saturday, August 26, 2023. This drill was held from 0900-1200 with all three Beebe Facilities being staffed along with the TidalHealth Nanticoke and the Sussex County Emergency Operations Center. Once all drill data is in KC3DSO will compile the data for an AAR/IP. The next Sussex ARES Meeting time will be dedicated to discuss the results and improvements for future drills. The Beebe Coordinator wants to thank all of the HERO's (Hospital Emergency Radio Operators) who took time out of their Saturday to help support the hospital system and Sussex Co. ARES.
October 7, 2023 MS Bike to Bay Event
The Multiple Sclorosis Bike to Bay Event is being held on October 7, 2023 in Delaware. The event starts at Del Tech in Dover in Kent County and the finish line is The Delaware Seashore State Park in Sussex County. This event is not being run by Sussex County ARES but we are letting amateur radio operators in Sussex County know of the event in case they want to volunteer to support the event. Find more information and sign up details at www.n3mss.org and www.nationalmssociety.org.
Sussex County ARES Hospital Activating to support the New Castle County ARES SET
Susses County ARES will be activating the Beebe Hospitals again on October 14, 2023 to participate in the SET being held by the New Castle County ARES. The drill plan is still in the works but the Beebe Coordinator is requesting all team members pencil in the date. The plan is expected to be available sometime after Labor Day. Plan for another day of working the WinLink System using VHF/UHF/HF Gateways and P2P via both VHF & HF.
WinLink "ShakeOut 2023" announced. The WinLink Development Team (WDT) continues it's successful collaboration with the U.S. Geological Survey to provide real event and exercise "Did you feel it" (DYFI) earthquake intensity reports via the WinLink System. All WinLink users are invited to send Exercise WinLink DYFI Reports on October 19, 2023 at or after 10:19 local time. Sussex County ARES encourages participation in this exercise as it exercises both RMS Express templates and the use of the WinLink Global Email over Radio System. For further information visit the WinLink ShakeOut Website for details.