An ARES member  should be able to:

  • Identify a power source for a (their) VHF radio and connect the radio to the source.
  • Identify an antenna suitable for the radio and connect the radio to the antenna.
  • Turn on the radio and put it on the designated frequency for communications.
  • Utilize the Push to talk switch on the radio’s microphone and call another station, using accepted procedures and language.
  • Communicate with another station. That is talk and listen.
  • Terminate communications with another station, using accepted procedure and language.
After the member is proficient at all of the above, then they should learn how to handle a message in standard ARRL form.


Message Handling Resources

                                                Edited from NTS/MPG by Tom Harris, K5WTH