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  • Sunday, September 16th, 2018 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM. Meeting will be held at the Cuyahoga County EOC inside the Juvenile Detention Center at the corner of E. 93rd and Quincy. Parking will be $2. This is an active detention facility so you will need to pass through a security checkpoint. No tools, knives, or weapons of any kind should be brought in.

Cuyahoga County ARES holds meetings every month of the year with the exception of November and December. Meetings are held at one of the local branches of the Cuyahoga County Public Library. While we make every attempt to hold meetings at the Independence branch, this is subject to change depending on meeting room availability. Check the Event Calendar page for details.

The Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) consists of licensed amateurs who have voluntarily registered their qualifications and equipment with their local ARES leadership for communications duty in the public service when disaster strikes.

Every licensed amateur, regardless of membership in Amateur Radio Relay League (ARRL) or any other local or national organization is eligible to apply for membership in ARES.  In Cuyahoga County, some training is required to participate fully in ARES.  Please check the Training Page for more information.  Because ARES is an Amateur Radio program, only licensed radio amateurs are eligible for membership. The possession of emergency-powered equipment is desirable, but is not a requirement for membership.

The federal government grants amateur radio operators permission to use parts of the radio spectrum with the understanding that we share our expertise with the community and assist in times of emergency. This is never more evident as in natural events such as hurricanes and tornadoes, and man made terrors like the attacks on September 11, 2001 and the Boston Marathon. These events have changed the way we interface with service agencies greatly. ARES fills in the gap that occurs when standard plans fail.

Cuyahoga County ARES primarily serves the Cuyahoga County Office of Emergency Management and the City of Cleveland. ARES volunteers also provide communications support for numerous other events all over the Greater Cleveland Area each year. Some of these events include:

There are plenty of events each year that require many volunteers. Please get involved! We are ALWAYS in need of good communicators to help us. Please fill out an ARES application and send it to info@ccares.us or sign up online!

Cuyahoga County ARES Leadership

Emergency Coordinator Mat Nickoson KC8NZJ info@ccares.us
Assistant Emergency Coordinator – Operations Carl Gedeon KB8VXE
Assistant Emergency Coordinator – Administration Doug Braun KB8TGT
Assistant Emergency Coordinator – HF Team Leader Bob Mueller K8MD
 Assistant Emergency Coordinator Tom Cramer N8AGM
 Team Leader Curtis Hendrix KC8UQX