The Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) is a nationwide field organization sponsored by the ARRL and composed of licensed amateur radio operators who are willing to offer their time and equipment to provide communications support for local governments and non-profit disaster relief organizations during disasters and emergencies.
For more information about ARES as a national organization, go to: http://www.arrl.org/ares
Tippecanoe County Amateur Radio Emergency Service (TCARES) is a county-wide organization of volunteer amateur radio operators dedicated to training and preparedness to provide communications support for local governments and non-profit disaster relief organizations within Tippecanoe County in the event of a disaster or other emergency when normal communication systems become disrupted or inadequate.
It is at the county level where most of the emergency preparedness planning, organizing, and training is accomplished. This is the level at which most emergencies occur and the level at which ARES leaders have direct contact with ARES members, with amateur radio clubs and groups, and with officials of the served agencies.
TCARES is responsible for planning and coordinating amateur radio emergency preparedness and operations in Tippecanoe County. TCARES is presently comprised of more than 50 licensed amateurs who reside and/or work within Tippecanoe County, and who have voluntarily registered their equipment and skills, and have expressed a strong desire to organize, train and be prepared to provide auxiliary communications support for public safety agencies and relief organizations when disaster strikes or whenever called upon.
The on-going objective of TCARES is to maintain a sufficient degree of preparedness of local amateur radio personnel and resources to deliver reliable and effective communications support when needed.
TCARES is headed by the Tippecanoe County Emergency Coordinator, R. Bruce Stewart, N9GKE, who has appointed Assistant Emergency Coordinators (AECs) to effectively manage respective functions. There are AEC positions for Operations & Training, Planning, Logistics, Network Operations, Technology, and Administration.
The EC and Assistant ECs constitute the TCARES Planning Committee which meets periodically to review and update the TCARES plans, SOPs, and guidelines, and to plan and evaluate ARES activities, projects, and exercises to keep the group active, well-trained, and prepared to respond.
TCARES members include personnel associated with various groups including: the Tippecanoe Amateur Radio Association (TARA), the Purdue Amateur Radio Club (W9YB), the Lafayette DX Association (LDXA), the Wabash Amateurs for Radio Propagation (W9ARP/D-STAR), and the Military Auxiliary Radio System (MARS), plus other individual Tippecanoe County hams.
A primary responsibility of the Amateur Radio Service, as established by Part 97 of the Federal Communications Commission’s regulations, is the performance of public service communications for the general public, particularly in times of emergency when normal communications are not available. To that end, the Tippecanoe County Indiana Amateur Radio Emergency Service members, under the oversight of the American Radio Relay League, will equip themselves and train to provide communications as a direct service to the general public through government and relief agencies of Tippecanoe County, the State of Indiana, and the federal government, when requested by those agencies.