The Roane County Amateur Radio Emergency Services (ARES) group works very closely with the Roane County Emergency Office of Emergency Services and Homeland Security and several other government and emergency organizations. The ARES group provides support to government agencies by means of communications. They also help non-profit organizations such as the American Red Cross by providing communications between shelters, emergency operations centers, and on-site staging areas, when needed.
Roane County ARES is under the direction of Bill Farnham, KI4FZT.
In the past members from Roane County ARES have helped out during emergencies:
- TVA Retention Wall Failure – Kingston, TN / December 22, 2008
- Numerous Severe Weather Incidents
They have also helped by providing communications for these events:
- 1st & 2nd Annual CASA Leprechaun 5k Run held at Roane State
- CASA/United Way “Run for the Child” – 2009 & 2010
- “Smokin’ The Water” – Kingston’s 4th of July Celebration
- Tuesdays (except 3rd): ARES Net, 9:00 pm on the KE4RX Repeater, 147.015 MHz with a 110.9 PL
- 3rd Tuesday: ARES Meeting, 7:00 pm at the Roane County EOC