Edmonton’s Get ready in the Park

Merriam Webster defines an emergency as: “an unforeseen combination of circumstances or the resulting state that calls for immediate action.” That immediate action is required from those involved and usually from support services of some kind, such as fire, medical, or police. And, the key to mobilizing support, informing them of the severity, and coordinating […]

Another tool in our kit

Early in HAM radio, in our tool kit, we had CW. It is an efficient way to send messages but it takes a certain skill to be effective. You have to learn Morse code and the “lingo” of the mode. You needed to understand the short cuts or Q-codes and the abbreviations like “fb om […]


I just finished taking the ICS Canada 200 level course. This is a course in Incident management using the Incident Command System (ICS) I took the course because many of the served agencies we could be working for use ICS to manage their incidents and by the ARES team having familiarity and some of us […]

What’s in my go bag?

Many Amateur radio operators who are ARES members will have a go bag incase something happens and they are needed. What is in that go bag? That varies by person, for instance in mine is 4 handhelds and spare batteries, fittings, cables chargers a 12 Volt to 120 V adapter to easily charge the handhelds, […]

Emergency vs. Disaster

An emergency is something like a car crash or a house fire. Emergency Services agencies like the Fire Department or EMS practice for and are able to handle “Emergencies” Alberta has the new Alberta First Responder Radio Communications System (AFRRCS) system for communications between agencies and to handle Emergency situations. A disaster is something like […]

ARES attending SARVAC 2019

Alberta Search and Rescue in partnership with Search and Rescue Volunteer Association of Canada (SARVAC) is hosting the national Search and Rescue Conference SAR C2C 2019 in Rocky Mountain House, Alberta from September 13-15, 2019. We are delighted to report that the Edmonton and area Amateur Radio Emergency Services (ARES EDM) team will be attending. […]