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INTERESTED IN JOINING?
VT ARES is a great way to get involved in public service and to really utilize all those amateur radio skills you’ve been honing. If you’re interested in emergency communications , but haven’t yet taken the plunge, read on to get some ideas on how to proceed. In any case, we’d love to have you join us whatever your level of skill and experience—there’s always more to learn! There’s a link below to the ARES application, download it, fill it out and send it in.
If you have any questions, feel free to call or email the VT Section Emergency Coordinator, Robin Conway N1WWW: firstname.lastname@example.org or 802 349-0214
How to proceed:
Got a license?
Yes? Great! Just download the VT ARES registration PDF and you’re on your way.
No? Get one!
You can get your license in several ways: an online course through the ARRL, self study using ARRL License Manuals or the Gordon West series, or find a class locally. The local option isn’t as widely available as would be nice, but check with clubs in your area as they may run a class periodically. Green Mountain Wireless, in Rutland, typically holds a licensing class in January.
Most folks just get a license manual or two and study until ready to take the exam. A good pre-testing option is www.qrz.com which offers a series of online tests for the different license levels. You can take the tests multiple times; they do not count toward getting a license, but do offer great practice at no cost.
When you feel you’re ready, look for a “VE Session,” a test site, within range of where you are located. For example, there’s a session every month in Burlington and several times a year in Rutland and in other counties around the state. Usually there’s a session in concert with hamfests as well. Again, your local club can help you out and will be happy to welcome you in.
Be sure to visit the Members' Page if you haven't already.
Send in the application
Once you’ve filled out the VT ARES registration appplication, send it to:
Robin Conway, N1WWW, ARES SEC; 479 Tottingham Rd., Shoreham, VT 05770
Click to download the VT ARES registration application PDF
Vermont Amateur Radio Clubs
BARC: Burlington ARC
Meeting: 3rd Friday, 7 PM, at Northern Vermont Red Cross Chapter Offices, 19 Mansfield Ave., Burlington
RANV: Radio Amateurs of Northern Vermont
Meeting: 2nd Tuesday, 7 PM, O'Brien Center, 113 Patchen Road, So. Burlington
STARC: Saint Albans ARC
Meeting: 4th Friday, 7:30 PM, VFW, Lake St., St. Albans
CVARC: Central Vermont Amateur Radio Club
Meeting: 1st Wednesday, 7 PM, at The Steak House on the Barre-Montpelier Road
CVFMA: Connecticut Valley FM Association
SOVARC: Southern VT ARC
Meeting: 4th Wednesday, 7 PM, Bennington Free Library, Silver St., Bennington
GMWS: Green Mountain Wireless Society
Meeting: 2nd Tuesday, 7 PM, Rutland Red Cross, Strongs Ave.
ACARA: Addison County Amateur Radio Association
Meeting: 1st Saturdays at 4:00pm, Ilsley Library downstairs Community Room, Middlebury
2nd & 4th Saturdays, 8:00am, Rosie's Restaurant, Rte 7S, Middlebury
WRRC: West River Radio Club
Meeting: 2nd Tuesday, 7 PM, at Grace Cottage Hospital Training Room, Townshend, in Windham County
NFMRA: Northeast FM Repeater Assoc
Meeting: The association meets annually in the fall to plan the updating and maintenance of the “Linked 440” system of repeaters that span the state and provide linked communication services—border to border— on the70cm band.