About us

Located in Staten Island, NY, Richmond County Amateur Radio Emergency Service is a volunteer organization of trained amateur radio operators who assist in public service and emergency communications. We are one of the five borough ARES groups which make up New York City District ARES. Additional information about our organization and the other boroughs can be found on the District website.

Meetings/Nets

New York City District ARES holds a net every Monday at 20:00 on the W2ABC repeater, 147.270 +600Khz PL 141.3.

Richmond County ARES, is an all-volunteer organization working  in collaboration with the New York City District ARES and the American Radio Relay League (ARRL® the National Organization of Amateur Radio Operators), providing radio communications by FCC Licensed Amateur Radio Operators during times of emergency through our served agencies such as the American Red Cross, Salvation Army, and the National Weather Service’s Skywarn Program.

In addition to providing emergency backup communication support for our served agencies, we have provided communication services for the following community events:

To further this goal the Kings County ARES© :

  • Conducts drills and exercises throughout the year to enable its members to test their deployment and communications equipment capabilities for base, mobile and portable operations.
  • Maintains effective working relationships with the other four counties that comprise  New York City District ARES ® through mutual aid operations, exercises, drills and activations .
  • Provides, free of charge, our services to community organizations for special events such as parades, walk-a-thons, bike-a-thons and others that may require radio communications to train our members  in activation procedures, deployment, net protocols and operations in real time emergency scenarios.
  • Reviews and revises its procedures to improve efficiency and effectiveness in responding to radio emergency communications operations.
  • Strives to publicize ARES ® activities to increase public and governmental awareness of  the group and its capabilities.
  • Recruits and trains new members on an ongoing basis.
  • Provide VE sessions to administer FCC license testing for new licenses and license upgrades.

** If you are interested in Public Service Communications and/or would like to join Richmond County ARES contact our Emergency Coordinator: Vincent Mattera, KB2PSI – ibm4me@verizon.net**