ARCECS is a Special Service Amateur Radio Club in the ARRL Hudson Division, New York City-Long Island (NLI) Section. Created in 1964 within the then-Queens Chapter of the American Red Cross, ARCECS continues to provide Amateur Radio Emergency Communications assistance to the American Red Cross in the Greater New York Region.
Our emergency communications skills have been called into service on major disasters for over fifty years. Some of these include the 9/11 terror attacks in New York City, Hurricane Katrina, local airline disasters in Queens and the Rockaways, and more recently, Hurricane Irene and Superstorm Sandy. We are proud to be able to supply invaluable communications assistance to the American Red Cross when all other means fail.
ARCECS, working in concert with other local and regional amateur radio groups, like ARES, supplements or replaces 'traditional' communications methods when their capacity is reduced or destroyed. Utilizing its two UHF amateur radio repeaters in Queens and Manhattan, ARCECS is able to establish radio communications networks, or "Nets", in the Greater New York area. Using state-of-the-art digital equipment, ARCECS and its partners can establish IP-networks over amateur radio, delivering messages, including emails and attachments on the behalf of the organizations we are called on to assist.
ARCECS meets on the first Tuesday of each month at 7:30pm at the American Red Cross on Long Island, 195 Willis Avenue in Mineola, NY. Talk-in is on our WB2QBP repeater, 442.65 mhz, +5MHZ offset, 141.3 PL.