The contact for Androscoggin County ARES/RACES is Paul Leonard, KE6PIJ
Here you will find information about the group, downloads supporting amateur radio programs, applications, and radio configurations, as well as how to get licensed and join the group. This is The OFFICIAL resource for Androscoggin County ARES/RACES. Accept no substitutes.
We provide emergency communications for Androscoggin county in the event that commercial communications should be disabled or no longer operate as intended. Our training as communicators gives us the ability to pass and relay messages locally, across the country, and around the globe. We also provide emergency support communications for non-profit special events under specific guidelines.
Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service, or RACES, is what we operate under when called out by a government agency. This service provides specific frequencies for our use as well as limiting operation to only those registered as members of RACES. RACES rules are set forth in Part 97.407 of the FCC rules governing the Amateur Radio Service.
The ARRL says this about ARES, “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.“