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The Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES®) is the emergency communications division of the American Radio Relay League (ARRL).

Pikes Peak Amateur Radio Emergency Service (PPARES) is an organized group of amateur (HAM) radio operators whose goal is to provide emergency communications for both government and private agencies in the Colorado counties of Teller and El Paso when called upon. PPARES strives to enhance the reliability, quality and professionalism of Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES®) personnel, through the establishment of training and performance standards, policies, procedures, management and supervision.

Pikes Peak ARES® provides public safety and public service communication support using HAM Radios when conventional communication systems are damaged, destroyed, overloaded or otherwise unavailable. PPARES tailors its communication services to the needs of its served agencies, which may be any governmental, law enforcement, fire, medical, disaster relief or non-profit agency/organization in El Paso and Teller Counties.

Pikes Peak ARES® members receive emergency communication and preparedness training through courses offered at the district, section and national levels. We routinely test our capabilities under emergency conditions during disaster exercises and public service events. Not only do we provide our served agencies with trained communicators, but communications equipment and technical expertise/assistance as well.

Pikes Peak ARES® also participates in the local Skywarn® program which utilizes amateur radio weather observers (spotters), trained by the National Weather Service (NWS), to provide ground truth weather observations directly to the NWS Pueblo Forecast Office during weather events such as severe thunderstorms, tornadoes, hail storms, floods and blizzards.

For more details please visit the Membership Introduction link on the left.

New Member Sign Up
MembersThe Waldo Canyon fire has generated new members signing up for PPARES, for which we are greatly appreciative. To insure that the folks signing up are clear, the sign-up is a two step process. PLEASE make sure you sign up on both sites (this and the membership database). We have people signed up here, at the PPARES site, who are not registered in the Membership Database.

I understand that can be confusing, so a small explantion is in order. The Membership Database is a standalone application that was designed specifically for ARES members to register their skills, equipment, training, availability, emergency notifications, etc. It is very good at what is was designed to be, however, it does not give the ability to broadcast news items, or store information. Therefore we have two sites, each with a specific function.

Please read the membership instroduction before signing up in the database. it explains the expectations and requirements for joining Pikes Peak ARES. Be sure to fill out the datbase completely by clicking on the tabs across the top in the membership database. Use your ARRL.net email address if you have one; notices of activation, events, etc. will be sent to this email address.

In order to be considered a full member on this site, you must be registered in the Membership Database. I encourage those of you registered here, to click on the link at the top left and register in the Membership Database if you have not already done so.

One final note - you MUST use your CALLSIGN as username. It allows us verify your status as an Amateur Radio operator. Accounts created any other way will be deleted. Thanks for understanding.
Tactical Net Protocol Reminder
TrainingA “tactical” callsign designates your location, function or both (i.e. “Tejon Shelter,”
“Penrose Main,” “EOC,” “Red Cross,” etc.) The rule is “TACTICAL IN, CALLSIGN
OUT”
– use your tactical callsign to contact NCS so they immediately know your
location/function and give your callsign at the end of communication to indicate you
are clear.

In a directed net, your first call is automatically directed to the Net Control Station
(NCS); therefore it is redundant and wasteful to say "Net Control, this is Penrose
Main." Instead, simply say your tactical call sign, i.e., “Penrose Main,” and NCS
should respond with “Penrose Main Go.” If you have not yet been assigned a tactical call, use your callsign suffix (preferred) or full call sign as if it were a tactical call.

Please review the entire Annex N for full information and examples HERE
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PPARES site vs. Membership Database
MembersWe have people signed up here, at the PPARES site, who are not registered in the Membership Database.

I understand that can be confusing, so a small explantion is in order. The Membership Database is a standalone application that was designed specifically for ARES members to register their skills, equipment, training, availability, emergency notifications, etc. It is very good at what is was designed to be, however, it does not give the ability to broadcast news items, or store information. Therefore we have two sites, each with a specific function.

In order to be considered a full member on this site, you must be registered in the Membership Database. I encourage those of you registered here, to click on the link at the top left and register in the Membership Database if you have not already done so.
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