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Welcome to the Sudbury Amateur Radio Emergency Service


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Meetings cover topics related to emergency communications, and training is ongoing

 Are you an amateur radio operator with an interest in emergency preparedness and communications? Can you spare a minimum of up to 10 volunteer hours per month, training included?

Then ARES may be for you!

The ARES is composed of Industry Canada licensed radio amateurs who have voluntarily registered their qualifications and equipment for communications duty in the public service when disaster or emergency strikes.  Every licensed radio amateur; whether or not a member of RAC or any other local club is eligible for membership in the Amateur Radio Emergency Serviceā„¢ (ARES). If you have a sincere desire to serve and participate in some training, ARES is a great way to help your community! The possession of emergency-powered equipment is desirable but not a requirement

The City of Greater Sudbury (CGS) ARES Unit consists of local ham radio operators. The CGS ARES Unit works closely with the Community Emergency Management Coordinator (CEMC) for the City of Greater Sudbury.

As the incidence of disasters and emergencies of all types and causes increases, so does the need for emergency agencies to provide help in stricken areas.  Major emergencies can strike anywhere, anytime, without warning.

Often, existing means of communications and social media such as landline telephone, cellular phones or wireless radio links, become unusable because they are overloaded or simply no longer exist.  They get overloaded when too many persons try at the same time to dial for help or to check on a friend or family member in a disaster area.  They can become non-existent when wires and towers topple and electrical supplies fail, due to acts of nature such as ice storms, high winds or tornadoes.  

When emergency agencies are required in a zone of disaster, their regular means of communications can be affected by the same disruptive causes as others.  That creates a need for a supplemental or back-up communications system, one that comes complete with equipment and trained operators who are licensed by the Canadian government, all at no cost to the public or the agency involved. These men and women are volunteers, members of the Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) sponsored and operated by (RAC) Radio Amateurs of Canada.


 Public Service:

ARES members can also provide communications for many community events including parades (Santa Claus Parade), walks, and marathons. Our members are volunteers who give many hours to help their community. Many use their own radio equipment. There is no cost for our services.

 If you are interested in joining the Sudbury ARES and you have a desire to help your community, you can contact the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..