Our Capabilities

ARES D1 can provide modern, reliable, interoperable, accurate, resilient and timely contingency, emergency, and supplemental (auxiliary) communications; real-time severe weather observation data; resource position tracking and telemetry, ground-truth intelligence (“eyes and ears”), and serve as “force multipliers” for governmental and non-governmental public safety, critical infrastructure (including Hospitals and Public Utilities), and emergency management related organizations and partners at all levels when requested by an appropriate authority during emergency incident response and short-term recovery periods, exercises and special events.

ARES D1 personnel can establish communications between a 9-1-1 center, Police, Fire Rescue, EMS, Public Works, Utility Providers, Hospitals, Vaccination Points of Distribution, Emergency Operations Centers, Incident Command Post, Mobile Command Center and other critical infrastructure locations, or vehicles.  

Using a mix of technologies, modes, people, frequencies and other capabilities, ranging from analog to digital to telemetry technologies; voice and fax to video, encrypted* data and email with attachments modes; from skilled craftsmen and school teachers to lawyers and engineers; from Medium Frequency (1.5 Mhz.) and High Frequency (21 Mhz.) to Very High Frequency (148 Mhz.) and Super High Frequency (10.45 Ghz.); from fixed and transportable to mobile, bicycle mounted and portable communications stations; from ARES and General Mobile Radio Service (GMRS), Family Radio Service (FRS), Multi-Use Radio Service (MURS) affiliated volunteers in urban and suburban locations to those in rural and more geographically disbursed locations, which are part of our distributed network model, adding to resiliency; and from commercial and generator powered to battery and solar powered communications stations are what makes ARES D1 a robust, resilient and “value-added” resource for served agencies. (*Restrictions apply).

ARES D1 can provide interoperability with local, regional, State and federal governmental agencies, the military, including all of the Defense Department forces, Coast Guard, and the National Guard. Additionally, with the Civil Air Patrol, the Indiana Guard Reserve, and similar State sponsored military militia organizations, as well as emergency management and humanitarian relief organizations including the Salvation Army, and others throughout the State, region, across the nation, and if needed, worldwide.

ARES D1 can transmit and receive encoded Email messages to and from Outlook and other Email systems in use at distant points; provide voice communications, transmission, and reception of Incident Command System (ICS), Hospital Incident Command System (HICS), Red Cross and other emergency incident forms, Spreadsheets, photos, other Images and more. And they can provide real-time weather information and a direct two-way radio connection to the National Weather Service Forecast Office.

ARES D1 uses radio systems that are geographically dispersed. They can be at fixed, mobile or portable locations to meet the need of the organization being supported during the emergency or disaster. Their communications systems use the Earth’s atmosphere as their “transmission media and transport layer;” use a variety of communication modes and digital algorithms, most of which are extremely difficult to intercept and properly decode. And they operate on a wide array of randomly selected radio frequencies, which when combined, make successful cyber-hacking virtually impossible. 

ARES D1 personnel can also use their communications skills, training and experience to operate public safety and other two-way radio systems to ensure interoperability or to augment a resource constrained public safety human resource pool during an emergency, disaster, exercise or special event.

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Simple Equipment, Small Footprint, Specialized Training and Knowledge Equals BIG Results  for the provision of  Reliable Contingency, Emergency and Supplemental (Auxiliary) Voice and Data (Email, etc.) Communications from nearly any location.

With just 17-feet of aluminum tent pole held together with a bungee cord and mounted on a 4-foot high camera tripod ...


At least one easily transportable, field deployable two-way radio and tablet or laptop computer, powered by a Generator, Battery, or Solar Power


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Wide-area, Nationwide communications connectivity during nearly any situation. 

Just One Example of ARES D1 Capabilities Beyond Voice and Email with Attachments

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National Weather Service 500mb forecast chart transmitted as a Fax over High Frequency radio in Boston, MA and received by an ARES D1 member in Lake County, IN on HF.