Northern New York Amateur Radio Association / NNY Section ARES
Emergency Communications Information

Aside from being a great hobby, Amateur Radio is a valuable communication resource in emergency situations. Hams also provide communications during many major community events.

While there are other radio communications services available to the general public (CB, FRS, GMRS, MURS), none are nearly as powerful and versatile as ham radio.

Cell phones, while handy, have range and other limitations and don't always work in an emergency. Cell phones rely on cell towers and other communicatins infrastructure. Because Amateur Radio is independent of infrastructure such as phone lines, Internet connections, and cell towers, hams can continue to effectively communicate in an emergency or disaster situation even if all other commercial and government systems fail. With a little preparation, you really will be able to communicate "when all else fails."

We encourage you to get your Amateur Radio license and become involved. It is a lot of fun and it could save your life in an emergency. Please contact the ARES Emergency Coordinator in your county, or your local club, for more information.

AUXCOMM: Auxiliary Communications is a nationally recognized component of emergency response. FEMA has developed a two day Auxiliary Communications Workshop for volunteers. NNY Section Emergency Coordinator KC2WI has attended this workshop and encourages ARES member, particularly ECs AECs, to attend this workshop if it is offered.

Emergency Operations Frequencies document from KF2GC

Attention ARES ECs and members. The ARES manual was revised in March of 2015. Please download the new ARES Manual and review it.Please note in particular the section about the relationship between ARES and RACES.

ECs, ROs, MARS members, please email updated information to Section Emergency Coordinator KC2WI.

The primary repeater for wide-area ecom operations in the northern part of the section is Whiteface. The repeater with the widest coverage in the south-central Adirondacks is the Hamilton County RACES repeater on Blue Mountain. Whiteface is restricted to emergency use only but other repeaters are open for general amateur use.

The Northern NY Hospital Emergency Net generally meets at 6:15 PM the first Tuesday of every quarter (Jan, Apr, Jul, Oct) on the Whiteface repeater. A voice message is passed using the St. Lawrence County Modified ICS-213 form.

There is no regularly schedueld NNY Section / ARES HF net at the present time. Please contact NNY SEC KC2WI or SM KF2GC if you are interested in a HF net.

The North Country Group meets every Sunday morning at 8:30 on 3958.

The primary NNY HF voice ecom frequencies are 3955/3958 and 7245.

The NY State RACES frequencies are 3993.5 and 7245. Digital frequency is 3583.5 Check in Olivia 8/500, messages MFSK32. NYS RACES weekly net is 9:00 AM Sundays on 3993.5.

The New York State Public Operations Net meets at 5 PM on 3925. The New York State Phone, Traffic, and Emergency Net meets at 6 PM on 3925.

The NTS Second Region Net meets at 6:30 PM on 3925 (alt 7237) SSB with a slow speed CW sessions at 6 PM and 9:30 on 3576 (alt 1807).

In case of daytime emergency, if no contact on the NNY, or RACES frequencies, try the Carrier Net frequency 3935 from about 8:30-10 AM, the East Coast Amateur Radio Service (ECARS) net from 8-2 on 7255, The MIdwest Amateur Radio Service (MIDCARS) net on 7258.

The Eastern NY section ARES HF net meets on the fourth Tuesday at 8 PM on 3993. See NNY stations are encouraged to check in.

Digital Emergency Communications:

All emergency communicators should be developing NBEMS digital messaging capability using fldigi and associated programs. It is easier to get started than you might think! All that is required is a computer with a microphone and speakers and your existing radio(s). You do not need a hardwired interface. See for an overview. Detailed information and software downloads are available at

Introductory NBEMS digital communications workshops have been presented in Lake Pleasant and Saranac Lake by Section Emergency Coordinator KC2WI. These workshops covered the installation of fldigi and flmsg software, and basic operation using acoustic coupling. If your group is interested in a workshop, please contact KC2WI.

The NY-NBEMS Training Net is held Saturdays 8 AM. The USEast-NBEMS regional net is held Wednesdays 7 PM. The Pennsylvania NBEMS Nets are another opportunity to practice digital communications.

OVARC holds a digital training net on their repeater Friday evenings at 7 PM.

NBEMS Workshop document - How To Install and Configure fldigi and flmsg

If you are really in to computers and digital comms then check out Broadband-Hamnet. This is not anything we're doing at this time, only something that could be explored if anyone is interested.

Amateur Radio Emergency Service information at ARRL     National Traffic Systerm / (Radiogram message handling) infomation at ARRL       New York State RACES infomation

Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) Emergency Coordinators

NNY Section Emergency Coordinator: Pete Newell KC2WI

County Name Callsign Primary Repeater Club / Notes info as of
Clinton Phil Welch WG2W   Champlain Valley ARC 2/20/16
Essex Tom Dick KF2GC Saranac Lake AARA 2/20/16
Franklin Jim Purcell
KC2VMF   North Franklin ARS 2/20/16
Fulton K2ALS Gloversville/Tryon Tryon ARC 2/20/16
Hamilton Peter Weaver KC2GCH Speculator/Ham. Co. Hamilton County ARC 2/20/16
Jefferson Chris Nichols KD3GUD AC2GE/CANAMARA Thousand Islands RC 8/01/18
Lewis Pete Newell KC2WI Lowville/BRVARC Black River Valley ARC 2/20/16
Montgomery Grayson Swartz N2KAE Gloversville/Tryon Tryon ARC 2/20/16
St. Lawrence Kerry Bickford WA2NAN Fine/OVARC Oswagatchie Valley ARC 2/20/16
Schoharie John Knoebel KC2RMD Cobleskill Schoharie County ARA 2/20/16
Section EC Pete Newell KC2WI Lowville, Boonville, or Speculator Black River Valley, Boonville, or Hamilton County ARC


      (see repeater and club lists for frequencies and information)  


Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service (RACES) Radio Officers

County Name Callsign Primary Repeater Club / Notes info as of
Clinton Jerry Silver
Gary Donivan
N2ZGN     11/22/184
Essex Tom Dick KF2GC     8/19/14
Franklin Rich Sherman
Jim Parcell
Fulton WA2EZ Gloversville/Tryon Tryon ARC 8/14/12
Hamilton Peter Weaver KC2GCH Speculator/Ham. Co. Hamilton County ARC 7/26/14
Jefferson Chris Nichols KD3GUD AC2GE/CANAMARA Thousand Islands RC 9/01/18
Lewis Pete Newell KC2WI Lowville/BRVARC Black River Valley ARC 7/26/14
St. Lawrence Kerry Bickford WA2NAN Fine/OVARC Oswagatchie Valley ARC 7/26/14
Schoharie John Knoebel KC2RMD Cobleskill Schoharie County ARA 2/27/19

New York State RACES SOP

Military Auxiliary Radio System (MARS)

Location Name Ham Callsign MARS Callsign Notes
Lewis County Pete Newell KC2WI AFA2CQ secondary location in Hamilton Co.

If you are interested in joining MARS please contact KC2WI.

If your organization is not listed or information is incomplete/incorrect, please contact KC2WI.