ARRL at 100: A Century of Ham Radio

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. 

Sussex County ARES Second QTR Hospital Drill being Planned

Sussex County ARES is in the process of planning our Second QTR Hospital Drill. This drill is scheduled for Satureday, April 13, 2024. As in past exercises the hours will be 0830-1200. All four hospitals in Sussex County and the Emergency Operations Center will probably be activated along with radio operators at thier personal stations and even some mobile stations. This drill is being run by Jim Baker, N3XKJ, Sussex County EC. If you want to participate or want more information contact him via email.   


Sussex County ARES to support Ocean to Bay Bike Ride - April 27

Sussex County ARES will again be supporting the 35th Coral Anniversary of the Ocean to Bay Bike Tour. The bike tour is scheduled for Saturday, April 27, 2024. Sussex County ARES will be posting radio opeartors along the route to provide communications support for the over 2000 cyclists coming to the area. Reporting times times are stagged for radio operators for flexibility. If you are a new operator or have never done a public service event you can be stationed with a seasoned operator who can show you the ropes. All public service events offer valuable EmComm experience! Contact the Sussex County ARES Emergency Coordinator, Jim Baker, N3XKJ, if you are interested via his email



ARES Resumes Digital Training Zoom's in February (UPDATED SCHEDULE/LINK POSTED)
ARES (formerly CARES) has resumed the popular biweeekly Digital Training Online Zoom training classes. These training classes go over many types of digital operations for Emergency Communications. Classes include WinLink, VarAC, VARA HF/FM, and others. The Zoom link provided provided will be good for three or four sessions.  Visit the Training Page for the Zoom log in details for this and future sessions. All amateurs are welcome. 


Updated 3rd Region NTS Net Spreadsheet now available

In the Forms & Docs page is an updated spreadsheet on the 3rd Region NTS Nets. This spreadsheet has all the data you need to listen, check in and participate in any of our region NTS Nets. This spreadsheet includes frequencies, times, states, net control stations, net manager data including callsigns and all the data on both the Delaware Traffic Net & The DELMARVA Traffic and Emergency Nets which are held on Sunday evenings.