The Amateur Radio Emergency Service is the part of Radio Amateurs Canada Inc. that coordinates groups of volunteers to help them provide radio-based communications when needed.

Volunteers register with a local group; attend additional training; participate in 'nets' and in an annual exercise. All so that they can be ready when normal forms of communication have been disrupted.

While some A.R.E.S. groups provide communications support for activities such as Search And Rescue, A.R.E.S. Niagara found that other associations in the region already provide this and similar support.

So, since 1998, A.R.E.S. Niagara has helped maintain and expand the Hospitals Radio Network operated by our volunteers. A.R.E.S. also expedites training for client staff to become licensed amateurs.

Stations belonging to the Niagara Health System along with two other Niagara hospitals form the backbone of the Hospitals Radio Network. But, there are additional stations in the network located in places such as fire stations, potential shelter locations, government offices.

Most of the these locations have backup power so stations can operate during local power failure. While it is important that some Volunteers can set up transportable stations at selected locations, what is more important is that some bring along portable power. Again, so that stations can still operate during a local power failure.

More discussion of A.R.E.S., from our national organization's perspective, can be found on the Amateur Radio Emergency Service page at the R.A.C. web site.


This site is intended to serve as a resource center for three groups:

  1. primarily, registered volunteer members of A.R.E.S. Niagara;
  2. secondarily, interested amateurs; and
  3. lastly any other person or group who is, or might become, a client for our service.

Forms List

Here you will find forms, just forms - a list of downloadble and/or printable Form templates, including: Volunteer Registration form, many empty IMS-213 forms, endless blank Message Traffic forms ( #1 - #6 ).

Main Documents

A list of documents most useful to A.R.E.S. Niagara volunteers. Some of these are: Telephone Tree and Volunteer Roster, which lists Names, Call signs, phone numbers, email address(s), postal address(s) of registered volunteers as well as a description of our telephone tree procedure; Emergency and Disaster Radio Operations Procedures Guide, which is a six or seven page booklet discussing proper procedures for providing supplemental emergency communications; ICAO Phonetic Alphabet, which is a simple chart displaying the International Civil Aviation Organization approved phonetic alphabet with pronunciation mnemonics; and finally a Printable A.R.E.S. Registration Form for those amateurs and non-amateurs who would like to sign-up; along with quite a few others, including a few older but still interesting articles.

Hospitals Radio Net

A list of A.R.E.S. Niagara / Hospitals Radio Network related documents such as: Chief Operator SET instructions; Radio Operator instructions; Assigned Channels list; Tactical Calls list.

CANWARN pages & links

For Niagara members of CANWARN, here are various CANWARN, weather forecast & weather radar links.

Weekly Net

A.R.E.S. Niagara conducts a net on its designated repeater, VE3RAF (145.190 MHz, neg. (-) offset, 107.2 hz PL tone), each Monday evening beginning at 20:00 (8:00 pm). All registered volunteers are encouraged to check-in, pass any traffic and listen to any announcements. All amateurs are welcome. This page primarily lists documents that will be useful to net control station operators.


A.R.E.S. Niagara periodically published (monthly, mostly) newsletters.

Other Articles

Other/Older articles, still potentially useful but getting dated.


A list of all viewable image categories of thumbnails linked to full size pictures taken at/on: various A.R.E.S. Niagara events.

Tech Note - A categorized listing

A list of technical notes covering a variety of Amateur Radio related topics, many from an A.R.E.S. perspective, such as: Coax cable, Several antenna designs, VSWR, Emergency power for mobile or portable transceivers, and Many others. All told, there are 33 technical notes (and counting).

This is an independent website and not part of, nor sponsored by, the Radio Amateurs of Canada Inc. The RAC AMATEUR RADIO EMERGENCY SERVICE & DESIGN trade-mark is owned by Radio Amateurs of Canada Incorporated. ARES Niagara is a licenced user of the RAC AMATEUR RADIO EMERGENCY SERVICE & DESIGN trade-mark.

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