Emergency Communications

Eastern Fulmont Amateur Radio Club proudly supports and contributes to the Northern New York Section Amateur Radio Emergency Service.

What is Amateur Radio Emergency Service?

Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) is an ARRL program consisting of licensed amateurs who have volunteered for communications duty in the public service. ARES groups provide communications at public events such as parades and marathons as practice for emergency communications when disaster strikes. ARES is open to all licensed amateur radio operators. For more information on ARES please visit the ARRL’s ARES site at https://www.arrl.org/ares.

What is Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service?

Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service (RACES) is established by federal regulations to provide emergency communications for civil preparedness purposes. RACES is sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Operations are conducted by amateur radio operators using their primary station licenses. RACES is organized primarily at the local (county) level. Unlike ARES, RACES only exists in a county and individuals are only a member of a county RACES group if authorized by the county office of emergency management. To see more information please visit the NY State R.A.C.E.S web page at https://www.dhses.ny.gov/radio-amateur-civil-emergency-service.

How to get involved!

Please see NNY Section Emergency Communications for more information on getting involved. This site is an excellent source of information. “You can also visit one of the area clubs (like Eastern Fulmont Amateur Radio Club) during one of their meetings. Our club meets on the third Saturday of every month and have members willing to help you get started!

Emergency Communications Nets

Nets are one way operators can practice and brush up on skills. They also are used to simulate the process so we can keep on top of our game in case of a real emergency. NNY ARRL also has information on the nets for the entire state of NY. As well as an excellent page on “The National Traffic System” outlining the process of a net. Please visit that site at https://nnyarrl.org/nts to read up on it. Listed here are the area’s regularly scheduled Net’s for emergency communications practice and training. This information was obtained from the NNY ARRL website as well as the Northern New York Amateur Radio Association.


Net NameArea ServedTime/DateFrequencies/OffsetPL Tone
NNY Northern NY Emergency Services NetSt. Lawrence, Franklin, Clinton, EssexDaily @ 7:30 and 19:00145.110 (-1)(-) PL100
CDN – Capital District NetWarren, Eastern Fulton, Saratoga, Washington, Eastern Montgomery, Schenectady, Albany, Rensselaer, Greene, and ColumbiaDaily @ 18:30147.330 (+)PL146.2
OCTEN – Oneida County Traffic and Emergency NetEastern Wayne, Jefferson, Lewis, Herkimer, Hamilton, Oswego, Oneida, Western Fulton, Western Montgomery, Madison, Cayuga, Onondaga, Seneca, Otsego, and SchoharieDaily @ 20:00145.170 (-) See website for more satellite repeatersCSQ
WDN – Western District NetNiagara, Orleans, Monroe, Western Wayne, Erie, Genesee, Wyoming, Livingston, Ontario, Yates, Chautauqua, Cattaraugus, Allegany, and SteubenDaily @ 21:30145.170 (-)CSQ
STAR – Southern Tier Amateur RadioSchuyler, Tompkins, Delaware, Cortland, Chenango, Chemung, and TiogaDaily @ 18:30146.730 (-)CSQ
HVN – Hudson Valley NetSullivan, Ulster, Dutchess, and OrangeDaily @ 19:30146.970 (-)
147.045 (+)
146.895 (-)
PL100 for all
SDN – Southern District NetPutnam, Rockland, and WestchesterDaily @ 21:30147.060 (+)
145.130 (-)
147.015 (+)
PL 114.8
PL 136.5
PL 114.8
BA – Big Apple NetNYC and the five boroughsDaily @ 22:00146.130 (+1 MHz)
440.550 (+)
PL 136.5
PL 141.3
Nassau County VHF Traffic NetNassau CountyDaily @ 19:30146.805 (-)
147.135 (+)
443.525 (+)
PL 136.5
PL 136.5
PL 114.8

HF Nets

Net NameDate/TimeFrequency / Mode
NYPON – NY Public Operations NetDaily @ 17:003925 kHz LSB
NYSPTEN – NY State Phone Traffic and Emergency NetDaily @ 18:003925 kHz LSB
2RN – Second Region NetDaily @ 18:303925 kHz LSB
NY State R.A.C.E.S NetSundays @ 9:003993.5 SSB / Digital Follows on
3583.5 Initial Mode Olivia 8/500,
MFSK32, then THOR22