Shelby County Ohio

Amateur Radio Emergency Services®

Shelby County Amateur Radio Emergency Services (A.R.E.S.®) is an organization comprised of approximately 25 licensed amateur radio operators. The members of this organization volunteer their time and equipment for use during emergency and non-emergency communications situations.

Shelby Co. ARES supports the Shelby County Emergency Management Agency, the Shelby County Sheriff, the Health Department, Sidney Police, and Sidney Alive, as well as other agencies and groups in Shelby county. We help with community events such as the July 4th Fireworks, the Winter Wonderland Parade, and a 5K run or two. We train with the Shelby County Ohio first responders during the LEPC exercises, and we work several of the ARRL training exercises, such as Field Day and the Simulated Emergency Test, (SET). Most members are weather spotters, trained by the National Weather Service from Wilmington, Ohio. The spotters report specific weather information to our local Skywarn net, and that information get funneled directly to the NWS office, where they issue watches, warnings, or advisories based on the spotters information. SCARES members operate and maintain our 2 amateur radio repeaters, 146.835- PL 156.7 and 443.200+ also PL 156.7. We also operate and maintain the Shelby County ARES Emergency Communication vehicles, SCARES I, our tow vehicle, and SCARES II, our emergency communications trailer.

Our organization / Club, is a 501 c 3, Non-Profit organization recognized by the Federal Government. We rely on fundraisers, and donations, to support our needs for radio equipment, and maintenance, of both of our amateur repeaters, and our mobile communications vehicles SCARES I and II. SCARES volunteer members donate their time and knowledge and therefore our organization / Club does not ask for dues. 🙂
Grant Reed, N8KZL, Shelby Co. ARES Emergency Coordinator

Upcoming Events

  • DARA Hamvention May 20 – 22, 2022 Greene County Fairgrounds and Expo Center
  • Great Ohio Bike Adventure (GOBA) June 18-25, 2022
  • Sidney Music & Arts Festival — The Historic Sidney Theatre June 17 & 18, 2022
  • SCARES ARRL Fieldday 2022, Sat, June 25, 2pm – Sun, June 26, 2pm.
  • Sidney Fireworks July 4th, 2022
  • SCARES Meeting Sun, July 17, 4:00pm – 5:30pm Shelby County Emergency Management, 800 Fair Rd, Sidney, OH 45365
  • Testing Laurel VE Sun, August 28, 2:00pm – 3:30pm Shelby County EMA, 800 Fair Rd, Sidney, OH 45365
  • SCARES Meeting Sun, August 28, 4:00pm – 5:30pm Shelby County EMA, 800 Fair Rd, Sidney, OH 45365