ARES  Region 2 District 3  Park County

The purposes for which R2D3 ARES is organized are to provide disaster preparedness, reliable primary and secondary emergency communication links for governmental agencies and/or non-profit organizations when needed and supply mutual aid to other ARES groups when requested;

Provide training of volunteers in amateur radio emergency services using Simulated Emergency Tests (SETS) and other appropriate training, as well as instruction of the public on subjects useful to the individual and beneficial to the community;

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Submitted by EC Dan Kern W0DFU

July 2017

One of ham radio's proudest traditions is public service. Right here in Park County the tradition continues, these communication resources are still available. Through out radio history, time after time in natural and man-made disasters when normal communications unavailable, hams are here to provide needed emergency communications to connect the impacted areas to the rest of the world, affecting rescue, medical relief and assurance to the general public.

State and Federal organizations utilize ham radio operators on both sides of the emergency. For example, the Red Cross has connections with hams as well as the National agencies such as the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Besides normal voice communications, Digital methods that connect computers to radios to send reports and requests as well as digital television may also be employed.

The Park County Amateur Radio Emergency Services (ARES) pronounced (air ease) is now officially formed under a new and proactive and community oriented board of directors and staff. Under the State and National scheme, the Park County ARES may provide emergency radio communications for Park County and State in the event of a man made or natural disaster. The communications for the emergency services are utilized when the designed methods for agencies are not functional or satisfactory for the conditions or locations requireing communications.

The ARES teams consist of licensed hams who have voluntarily registered their qualifications and equipment, with their local ARES leadership, if you are a licensed ham or would like to become a licensed ham operator, and work with the Park County ARES, see the contact information below. Every licensed amateur, regardless of membership in any other local or national organization is eligible to apply for membership in ARES.

The ARES volunteers do not self activate in an emergency. The team is activated from the Park County Emergency Operation Center. In the ARES group, the adage that is used 努hen all else fails・ The Park County ARES team is here to assist the emergency services if ever requested.

The ARES group is currently seeking funding to provide the county emergency services and residence with a portable emergency station that can be deployed to where the emergency communications may be needed. Please consider a donation to the organiztion, the portable emergency communications may help you , a family member, a loved one or neighbor.

The Park County ARES is a 501c3 Non Profit organization, Charitable donations are tax deductible. Cash donations are always welcome, you can even donate a vehicle to the ARES group for a tax deduction. The ARES group will handle all of the towing efforts and coordination.

Visit the Park County ARES web page


18 OCT 2014

Park County ARES Region 2 District 3 was activated for exercise Polar Express on 18 Oct 2014 at 0800, with two members, Frank/WB4CIW, and Daniel/NBN. WB4CIW operated from his home and NBN operated from his vehicle for the duration of the exercise. During the exercise Park County passed two ICS-213s via WinMor, peer to peer, and one NTS message.

The net was called at 0800 by WCAAX on 3.8100. WB4CIW, Frank, and NBN, Daniel, mobile, checked in. It immediately became obvious that NCS was having difficulty hearing many of the stations checking in. WB4CIW spent the most of the early part of the net assisting NCS with relays and fills.

Daniel traveled from Hartsel to Fairplay, back to Hartsel, and down Hwy 9 toward Guffey checking communications ability using 146.52 as a primary frequency. There were also SOTA members on 52 so at times we shifted frequencies so as to not interfere with their activities. NBN was able to communicate simplex with WB4CIW as far south as a highpoint at milepost 31 which is several miles north of Guffey.

From Hartsel Fire Station, Daniel was able to communicate with Frank via simplex on 146.520 as well as MARC's Badger repeater on 146.685- (pl 100.0). While operating mobile HF on 7.235, NBN was able to checkin with WCAAX EOC station and George NNFW at Gilpin County EOC reported he was able to copy Daniel loud and clear. Daniel could not copy George very well at all and Frank was able to communicate with him and complete that connection between Frank's home near Como and Gilpin EOC.

Daniel was unable to bring up the Colorado Connection repeaters near Salida and Leadville, and was also unable to trigger the Cheyenne Mountain Repeater Group repeater on Fremont Peak near Salida [145.295- (107.2).

When the bands shifted around 1030, NCS changed frequencies to 7 Mhz and the NTS system shifted to 7.230. With the frequency shift NCS was able to communicate with all stations and Frank shifted to the WinMor frequency and passed his traffic. Toward the end of the net Daniel passed his NTS message to Frank, for relay to the NTS net. Frank shifted to the NTS frequency passed Daniels message and then both secured from the net (1130) and met in Hartsel for lunch and conversation.

Submitted by Frank Lambert IV (WB4CIW) and Daniel Hazen (NBN)

ARES Training
by Vice-EC and Training Coordinator Jack, WDSV

There has been much discussion on the ARES EC reflector regarding the training and participation which should be required of ARES members. At this time, the only requirements to belong to ARES are an Amateur Radio License and a desire to serve.

However, our served agencies expect, and rightfully so, that we have more qualifications than that in order to provide the service which they need from us.

There is currently no consensus as to what should be required. However, certain training courses are mentioned by nearly everyone in the discussion. These courses are all available online, are free, are not difficult, do not take a lot of time to complete, and contain information that you need to know in order to be an effective communicator for the served agencies.

The courses involved are IS-100, Introduction to Incident Command System, which is available at ; IS-200, Incident Command System, available at ; IS-700, National Incident Management System (NIMS), available at ; and IS-800.B, National Response Framework, An Introduction (NRF), available at .

Many of you have already completed some of these courses, and some have completed all. In order to help make sure that we are ready to assist our served agencies in whatever disaster may arise, I strongly urge each of you to complete whichever of these you haven't completed already, and advise Dutch and myself that you have done so, so that we can maintain current training records.

This is of course not a complete list of all training that is desirable, and I am not even touching on the amount of active participation that should be required. However, it will provide a good foundation for the additional training and regular use of proper communications skills which is necessary in order to be an effective communicator for our served agencies in time of need.

Note also that some D6 members have not yet provided the necessary information to Dutch in order to receive Credentialing from Park County. At the discretion of the served agency, lack of Credentialing from Park County and/or lack of certification of completion of the above courses may prevent you from being allowed to serve in an emergency.

73, Jack

by EC Dutch Muetz, KAWS

SUPPORT: On the evening of May 26, 2008 a call from Roger KYY on the PCRC repeater system (146.895 & 146.910) who was looking  for stations to monitor the system. Roger was up at the Burning Bear Camp ground on the Guanella Pass Road with the Alpine SAR group. They were looking for two overdue hikers in very poor weather conditions: fog, rain and snow. Padre WWPD had alerted me that Roger was on 2 meters and looking for monitoring stations. 

The campground is on the Southern side of the Pass and this makes it convenient for the Hams in the SAR teams to use the Kenosha repeater. In fact, that location is really the only repeater that they can use to get to the outside world. The Alpine SAR has 17 Hams in its group.

SUCCESS: THE HIKERS WERE LOCATED and Roger got home about 00:30.
APPOINTMENT: Roger KYY has been appointed Emergency Coordinator for Clear Creek and Gilpin Counties that is District 9.

National Response Framework

The National Response Framework was approved 1/22/08, and will supercede the National Response Plan effective 3/22/08. There is a website for the National Response Framework at which contains information regarding what has changed, as well as the core document, Annexes, Reference Information, and Training information.

The new introductory training for the National Response Framework is IS-800.B National Response Framework, An Introduction. This course is an interactive web-based course which takes approximately 3 hours to complete, and was made available 2/4/08. It consists of 6 lessons, each of which must be completed before you get credit for it and can proceed to the next lesson. In other words, you must complete the lesson once you have started it, or you will have to go through the entire lesson again. Once you have completed all lessons you take the final exam, which is graded immediately. Following successful completion of the test, you will receive an email within 1 business day giving you access to print out (and save) your certificate of completion.

I think this course is a significant improvement over the previous IS-800, and encourage all ARES members to take it as soon as possible.

73, Jack

Colorado ARES Organization


Section Emergency Coordinator Wes Wilson, KHBZ and I have implemented changes to the Colorado ARES organization. We have noted these changes and issued a statement of operational philosophy.  If you have an interest in Colorado ARES, please read the message at


ARRL Colorado Section
Section Manager: Jeff Ryan, K0RM

District Reorganization

Effective 1/6/08, District 6 covers Park County only. Chaffee and Lake Counties are now in District 18.

National Response Plan

For those of you who have not heard, the National Response Plan has been changed to the National Response Framework by DHS. I have already had some calls about how this will affect those who have already taken the IS-800 course. I spoke with a DHS representative while in Emmitsburg and they said that everyone who has taken the IS-800 test has met the national requirement and will NOT be required to update the test. 

Lori R. Hodges
Director of Emergency Management 
Park County

Training Officer Note: I am reading up on the National Response Framework and will post additional information on it on the Training page soon - WDSV


The race consisted of 135 teams made up of up to ten members per team. Each member runs a number of legs from Idaho Springs to Glenwood Springs in a 24 hr period of time. Total mileage is 170 miles. The runner coming in from their leg must touch the other team member that is starting their leg of the run.

District 6-communication support area was from Clear Creek Campground on the Georgetown side of Guanella Pass to Jefferson Lake. There were 6 exchange points that we covered with radio support, because cell phones are spotty or do not work at all in that area and the satellite phones had too much cloud cover to be of any use.

The weather was somewhat against us for a perfect day. It rained all day and snowed at the top of Guanella Pass, hard at times and Mike KC0ATI said it was up to 3 inches when he came down from the pass. The Aspen are starting to turn gold on the hillsides, which was a nice sight.

The most of the traffic that we passed was when the first runner arrived at an exchange point or the last runner left the exchange point and when the station was closing down. We did have 3 important traffic to handle. One was when a runner took a wrong turn and had not shown up at the exchange point in the proper time. So they had to check back with the previous point to see when the runner left. The runner did show up, but somewhat behind schedule and nobody had to go looking for them.

The other traffic involved a runner that lost their wedding band on the trail. They said that their hands were so cold that the ring slipped off. The ring was found and was to be delivered to the owner down the line.

Padre did make a phone call to inform the safety director of the progress of the Trail Sweeps, since their satellite did not work because of the cloud cover. I am very pleased this was the extent of our traffic.

I did want to hold to the so-called proper procedures for an event of this kind. Since we did not have a NCS to control things, it did get somewhat lose at times and I was at fault quite often for not following the procedures that I recommended that we use. Other wise I think it went fairly well with very few glitches, which we have learned from for the future.

I appreciate the effort by all under adverse conditions that we had to work with. I also want thank the people who volunteered but for one reason or another could not make it. Next time I will call on you again.


Monitoring Stations. Padre`s Group:

Steve AIW, Jim KCOGY, Carl WH6ANH & Padre WWPD.

In The Field:

Roger KYY, Mike KCATI, Pete NET, Sharon NDSV, Matt AFD, Bill NOAX, Dick KCQDD, Dolores KBEUH, Neal KUEM & Dutch KAWS.




Changing hats from PCRC President to ARES District 6 EC to cover a few items to mention here. This same information will be posted on the D6  reflector.

One of the big suggestions in relationship to the Bird Flu is to have dust masks,  also called filters and N95 rating for your go bag, or to keep at home . My personal opinion is getting the type that has an exhaust valve on the front.  From what I have seen they do come in different sizes.  With out naming any particular vendor, these can be purchased in hardware stores and on the Internet. For additional information go to (Link added 4/6/06)

Public Service requests so far for D6.

 June 25, 2006 -- 5 K runs in Bailey in conjunction with Bailey Day.  Tracy KCØEFM & Matt AFØD will be handling this event.  Volunteer your services with them.

Again the Outward Bound Relay has requested our services where cell phones do not work. This is a large event and well organized.  The date we will be needed is September 8th, 2006.   This is a Friday.  Our presence will be needed at 8 different Exchange Points mostly located in Park County.  See the listing below.
Exchange Pt. #4- Clear Lake Campground on Guanella Pass Rd on the north (Georgetown) side of Guanella Pass.
Approximate timeframe on Friday, September 8th: 0740-1220
Exchange Pt. #5- Parking lot on Guanella Pass Rd at top of Guanella Pass.
Approximate timeframe on Friday, September 8th: 0840-1305
Exchange Pt. #6- In the vicinity of Duck Lake on Guanella Pass Rd, on the south side of Guanella Pass.
Approximate timeframe on Friday, September 8th: 0918-1342
Exchange Pt. #7- Burning Bear Campground on Guanella Pass Rd, on the south side of Guanella Pass.
Approximate timeframe on Friday, September 8th: 1008-1422
Exchange Pt. #8- Cty. Rd. 60 at the Burning Bear Trailhead.
Approximate timeframe on Friday, September 8th: 1108-1525
Exchange Pt. #9- Intersection of FS Rd. 811 and Cty Rd. 58/124
Approximate timeframe on Friday, September 8th: 1213-1626
Exchange Pt. #10- Jefferson Lake Rd. at intersection with Colorado Trail.
Approximate timeframe on Friday, September 8th: 1320-1740
Exchange Pt. #11- Near intersection of Middle Fork Rd. and Tiger Rd. in Summit County.
Approximate timeframe on Friday, September 8th: 1527-1935

We will need your help on this one.  Let me know if you can help.

73s   Dutch KØAWS   EC D6



D6 has been offered a location to set up a station in the Platte Canyon Rescue Service building and the use of the meeting room. Some of us feel that this has some good possibilities and will be useful to both parties. After the holidays will be a good time to look into our options.

Big changes in the Park County Communications Center. It will not be controlled by one person, but by a 3-member board with a manager for the daily operations. At the present time there are no room or plans for us to move back in the building. Some are pushing for a new comm. Building. This would give us another place for a good station.

Even though ARES and D6 are being accepted more and more in Park County, we still have to keep up our training and the latest in various technology, not just settle for voice on 2 meters.

I would like to see more people get involved with packet and amtor. If you are not sure about getting started in this, I know some of the more experienced in the latest methods will be glad to help us out.

Keep up the training, we do not know what next year will bring.

Best Wishes.


Tomahawk Fire Exercise

ARES® Districts 6 and 23, Jefferson County Incident Management Team, Jefferson County Emergency Operations Center, Jeffco HEAT, and multiple fire districts and other organizations participated in a training exercise wildfire incident in the Mill Iron D area on Saturday, May 14, 2005. The Incident Command Center was at Platte Canyon Fire Protection District Station 2 on Crow Hill.

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Communications setup at Platte Canyon Fire Protection District Station 2 (Pic by WØDSV)

Fine Tuning antenna direction (Pic by WØDSV)

Building battery packs and cloning radios for the exercise (Pic by NØDSV)

Dutch, KØAWS and Daniel, NØBN (Pic by NØDSV)