About Us

Located in Queens, NY, Queens Amateur Radio Emergency Service is a volunteer organization of trained amateur radio operators who assist in public service and emergency communications. As one of the five borough ARES groups which make up New York City District ARES, Additional information about our organization and the other boroughs can be found on the District website.


We hold meetings on the third Sunday of every month at 14:00 at:

  • Elmhurst Hospital Center
    Room A1-15
    79-01 Broadway
    Elmhurst, NY

For directions visit the Elmhurst Hospital Center website or generate custom directions. All licensed amateur radio operators are welcome to attend whether they are a member of ARES or not. Occasionally drills, tests or events are held in place of a meeting, so we recommend contacting us before you come.

  • We hold our Weekly Net every (Day/Time TBA) on 443.300 / +5Mhz / PL 123.0 through the generous facilities of the N2NSA Repeater.

All licensed amateur radio operators are welcome to attend any of our Nets or Meetings whether they are a member of ARES or not.

New York City District ARES holds a net every Monday at 20:30 on the W2ABC repeater, 147.270 +600Khz PL 141.3.

Queens County ARES, is an all-volunteer organization working in collaboration with the New York City District ARES and the American Radio Relay League (ARRL® the National Organization of Amateur Radio Operators), providing radio communications by FCC Licensed Amateur Radio Operators during times of emergency through our served agencies such as the American Red Cross, Salvation Army, Elmhurst Hospital Center, and the National Weather Service’s Skywarn Program.

In addition to providing emergency backup communication support for our served agencies, we have provided communication services for the following community events:

  • L’Chaim 5K Run Walk for Israel (Young Israel of Jamaica Estates)
  • Buckley’s – Kennedy’s 5K Charity Run
  • Totten Trot (Bayside Historical Society)
  • The Century Bike Tour
  • Brooklyn Half Marathon
  • NYC TCS Marathon
  • Hope and Heroes Walk at Pier 84 in NYC
  • Lustgarten NYC Walk
  • NAMI NYC Walk
  • Walk for PKD
  • Walk to END Alzheimer’s: Manhattan and Brooklyn
  • …and others.

To further this goal the Queens County ARES© :

  • Conducts drills and exercises throughout the year to enable its members to test their deployment and communications equipment capabilities for base, mobile and portable operations.
  • Maintains effective working relationships with the other four counties that comprise New York City District ARES ® through mutual aid operations, exercises, drills and activations 
  • Provides, free of charge, our services to community organizations for special events such as parades, walk-a-thons, bike-a-thons and others that may require radio communications to train our members in activation procedures, deployment, net protocols and operations in real time emergency scenarios.
  • Reviews and revises its procedures to improve efficiency and effectiveness in responding to radio emergency communications operations.
  • Strives to publicize ARES ® activities to increase public and governmental awareness of the group and its capabilities.
  • Recruits and trains new members on an ongoing basis.
  • Provide VE sessions to administer FCC license testing for new licenses and license upgrades.

** If you are interested in Public Service Communications and/or would like to join Queens County ARES contact our Emergency Coordinator: Jose Sanles, N2DDD at queensec@aresnyc.org **