Frequently Asked Questions about the New
Amateur Radio Emergency Communications Service (NYC-ARECS)
makes up the membership of the NYC-ARECS?
is made up of men and women of New York City who come from all
different walks of life, but who all have an interest in radio
/ communications technology and who have tested and passed a licensing
examination by the U.S. Federal Communications Commission. Our
members are professions from various backgrounds including: engineers,
federal employees, academia, medicine, public safety agencies,
the military, etc.
do your federally licensed radio operators do during and after
NYC-ARECS radio operators are capable of setting up and operating
organized communication networks locally for governmental and
emergency officials, as well as noncommercial communication for
private citizens affected by the disaster. This may include voice
and/or data communications, across the city or across the country.
Our radio operators are most likely to be active after disasters
that damage regular lines of communications due to power outages
and destruction of hard-wire telephone lines or damage to the
cellular communication system.
How do your radio operators help local officials?
Many radio operators are active as communications volunteers with
local public safety organizations. In addition, in some disasters,
because radio frequencies are not coordinated among relief officials,
radio operators can assist in the coordination of communications
when radio towers and other elements in the communications infrastructure
type of equipment does the NYC-ARECS utilize?
following page has several examples of the equipment used
by our members when training for,
or assisting during, emergency operations.
do teams such as the NYC-ARECS exist in a world of cell phones?
can strike anywhere, anytime, without warning. Often, existing
means of communications, be they landline telephone, cellular
phone or wireless radio links, become unusable because they are
overloaded or simply no longer exist. They get overloaded when
too many persons try at the same time to dial for help or to check
on a friend or family member in a disaster area. They can become
nonexistent when wires and towers topple and electrical supplies
fail, due to acts of nature or terrorism. When emergency agencies
are required in a zone of disaster, their regular means of communications
can be affected by the same disruptive causes as others. That
creates a need for a supplemental or back-up communications system,
one that comes complete with equipment and trained operators who
are licensed by the U.S. Government, all at no cost to the public
or the agency involved.
do you assist in public service events?
NYC-ARECS members are available to donate their time and expertise
to support public service agencies when normal communications
facilities are not functioning or are overloaded due to planned
or unplanned events. However, during the year, NYC-ARECS also
provides communications support for nonprofit community events.
This not only helps the community, but gives us live experience
in handling radio traffic for agencies that might call upon us
for emergency communications in the future. This
is a link to a list of our upcoming public service events.
your team members assist on September 11, 2001?
Members of NYC-ARECS were activated during the 9/11 attack. At
the time, Charles Hargrove
(N2NOV), the NYC-ARECS co-founder and current President, was the
New York City ARRL District Emergency Coordinator and Citywide
RACES Radio Officer on 9/11. Over 500 amateur radio operators
helped provide assistance during the emergency. Here
is the NYC-ARECS 9/11 page.
do I join NYC-ARECS ??
Our organization is made up of New York City based
licensees of the Federal Communications Commission who specialize
in Amateur Radio emergency communications. We also have Auxiliary
Members that are those who do not hold amateur radio licenses
but want to serve in a support capacity. Please
visit this page to learn on how you can become a Member.
do we reach your team for an interview or more information?
free to email us at PIO@nyc-arecs.org.
We will get back to you the same day.