Amateur Radio Emergency Service®

The Amateur Radio Emergency Service® (ARES) consists of licensed amateur radio operators who have voluntarily registered their qualifications and equipment, with their local ARES Emergency Coordinator, for communications duty in the public service when disaster strikes. Although most of us rely on cell phones during emergencies, there are times when local cell phone service is incapacitated by storms or other damage or cell phone services are overwhelmed by high demand. This is where amateur radio operators step up to fulfill a vital need in public service by assisting with emergency and disaster communications.

SVRC has cooperative agreements with these local served agencies:

  • The American Red Cross;
  • St. John's Hospital;
  • Memorial Medical Center (pending)

The cooperative agreements are mutually beneficial in that the SVRC enjoys secure meeting space, utilities, installation of the repeater and club station antenna on rooftops and other benefits courtesy of the served agencies and in return, SVRC provides vital public service communications. SVRC invites licensed ham radio operators to join ARES®. Please go to SVRC ARES Application to volunteer.

Fight for Air Stair Climb

Sun, 02/26/2023 - 7:30am to 1:00pm
Wyndham Springfield City Centr

The Sangamon Valley Radio Club is looking for communications volunteers in support of the American Lung Association’s Fight For Air Stair Climb.

To volunteer contact: trustee at 

Where: Wyndham City Centre, 700 E Adams St, Springfield, IL

When: Feb 26, 2023 7:30AM to 1:00PM

What:  A UHF Handheld and a headset due to the high ambient noise.

SVRC Members Appear in ARES/ARRL Video

Amateur Radio Prepares for the Worst

On may 1, 2021 the SVRC club members in conjunction with IEMA, the Illinois Emergency Management Agency, will participate in a simulated Emergency Test, or SET.  The point of this particular training centers on a potential earthquake on the New Madrid and Wabash Valley fault lines in southern Illinois. To promote and explain the activity, the SVRC produced a short HD video called, “Amateur Radio Prepares for the Worst: May 1, 2021 Simulated Emergency Training”.

ARES Meeting

Thu, 01/09/2020 - 7:00pm
HSHS St John's, Tea Room

We are moving our meetings to HSHS St. John's. We will meet in the Tea Room which is just off the lobby of the St. John's Childeren's Hospital lobby. 

This is a meeting for everyone interested in participating in ARES and emergency communications.

The Hex Beam is finally operational!

W9DUA Hex Beam

The Hex Beam is in place and operational!  After months of planning and organizing, the Hex Beam was pressed into service for the VHF contest on Saturday, June 8, 2019.  The official antenna crew under the direction of senior club members, hauled heavy steel, concrete, and antenna  components up to the Red Cross building roof in several stages.  We now have extra directional capability for HF 20 meters and up – including 6 meters.  This unique antenna certainly gives our club location a distinctive visual footprint with the upside-down umbrella design.

ARES Meeting

Thu, 03/14/2019 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Thu, 04/11/2019 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Thu, 05/09/2019 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Thu, 06/13/2019 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Thu, 07/11/2019 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Thu, 08/08/2019 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Thu, 09/12/2019 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Thu, 10/10/2019 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Thu, 11/14/2019 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Room 330 Red Cross Building 1045 Outer Park Drive, Springfield, IL 62704

This is a meeting for everyone interested in participating in ARES and emergency communications.

If you have not signed up for ARES Connect and created a profile, please do so at It is not necessary to be an ARRL member to sign up and participate.

ALA Fight for Air Stair Climb Communications Support

Sun, 03/24/2019 - 7:30am to 1:30pm
Wyndham Hotel

Communications support for the Fight for Air Stair Climb at The Wyndham (old hilton)

Arrival time will be 3/24/2019 0730, 0745 on station and operational, typically done by 1330

to volunteer Email: Dwayne (at) ka9kqh (dot) net


As in past years we will be using UHF Simplex. We will be using a CTCSS tone on both transmit and receive this year. the Frequencies and CTCSS tone will be published in the comms plan distributed to volunteers. Headsets are necessary in most locations!


73 de KA9KQH

Fight For Air Stair Climb

Sun, 03/12/2017 - 7:15am
Wyndham Hotel 700 E Adams Springfield, IL 62701

Provide logistical communications support for the American Lung Associations Fight for Air Stair climb.  


Save the date.  Contact KA9KQH with any questions or if you want to work the event.

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