Ohio ARES® - District 10

Amateur Radio Emergency Service


Committed to Excellence Through Professionalism


Amateur Radio is a hobby...

Emergency Communications is a Commitment!

The Amateur Radio Emergency Service® (ARES®) consists of licensed amateurs who have voluntarily registered their qualifications and equipment for communications duty in the public service when disaster strikes.  Every licensed amateur, regardless of membership in ARRL or any other local or national organization, is eligible for membership in the ARES.  The only qualification, other than the possession of an Amateur Radio license, is a sincere desire to serve.  Because ARES is an amateur service, only amateurs are eligible for membership.  The possession of emergency-powered equipment is desirable, but is not a requirement for membership.

All currently licensed radio amateurs are welcome to participate.  No special skills or equipment are required.  We will offer all the training you need to be an effective radio operator for public service, emergency and disaster communications.  Visit the TRAINING page for more information on recommended training.

Tenth District History

The ARRL Ohio Section formed District 10 in the Fall of 2007 under the direction of Section Manager Joe Philips K8QOE (silent key 2009) and SEC Frank Piper KI8GW.  This decision involved combining Lorain County from District 1 and Ashtabula, Cuyahoga, Geauga, and Lake Counties from District 5.  The decision was based on being more congruent with the State of Ohio EMA districts.  The Section appointed Matt Welch KB1LCS (now W8DEC) as the DEC and Brian Hellinger N8VUB as ADEC for this new district.

In October 2008, Cuyahoga ARES was reborn.  There had not been a Cuyahoga County ARES program in over five years.  In August 2008, the DEC assumed the role as Acting EC and began his tour of radio clubs to promote ARES.  As a result, there were 8 radio operators in attendance at the Parma-Snow Branch of the Cuyahoga Library for the first ARES meeting.  Those 8 amateur radio operators are the foundation to what Cuyahoga ARES is today.  In November 2009, Matt W8DEC recommended Eric Jessen N8AUC as Emergency Coordinator for Cuyahoga ARES.  The Ohio Section appointed him without hesitation.

September 2008, Frank Piper KI8GW steps down as Ohio Section Emergency Coordinator.  District 5 DEC Jack Sovik KB8WPZ accepts position as SEC.

December 2008, between Christmas and New Year's, was the first district-wide exercise.  The scenario was a communications blackout.  Amateur radio was called upon by simulated emergency management agencies.  EC's in all five counties learned something about their ARES teams.

June 19, 2009, Ohio Section Manager Joe Phillips K8QOE passes away.  Many amateurs in Tenth District knew Joe as vibrant and enthusiastic kind of guy.  A die hard Cleveland Indians fan.  A man that will never be replaced.  Frank Piper KI8GW (former SEC) fills in as Ohio Section Manager.

October 2009 was the first District ARES Leadership and Training Conference.  This session was designed to educate EC's and AEC's on a variety of topics related to emergency communications.  All five counties were represented.

March 20, 2010 was the first ever District-Wide Exercise where ARES personnel actually deployed to assignements.  The scenario was the Great Flood of 2010.  The idea was to get ARES personnel out of their comfort zone.  Radio operators volunteered for simulated assignments, responded to their assignment, and exercised proper net protocol all while maintaining personal safety.

April 2010, the first ever Go Box Contest and Demonstration announced.  This event to take place at the 2010 Cleveland Hamfest.  This is an ARES Tenth District sponsored event.

April 30 - May 2 2010, Tenth District sponsors a special event station W8G celebrating 100 years of Scouting.  This event took place at the Greater Western Reserve Council Scout ExpoX at the Geauga County Fairgrounds.

In May 2010 after the Dayton Hamvention, The Ohio Section extended Tenth District boundaries to include Portage County.  Tenth District now consists of Ashtabula, Cuyahoga, Geauga, Lake, Lorain and Portage Counties.  Based on monthly EC reports, the number of registered volunteers for all six counties is about 200.

September 2010, District Activation Levels implemented.  These levels were created to develop an operational readiness posture in case of emergency or disaster.

July 2011, The District sponsored the Great Lakes Emergency Communications Conference.

August 2011, It is with great sadness that we mourn the passing of Assistant District Emergency Coordinator Ross Stillisano KB8JTZ.  Ross passed away in his home on August 10, 2011.  He will be forever missed.

September 2011, Tenth District sponsored an amateur radio station at the 188th Great Geauga County Fair.

October 2011, Tenth District coordinates ARRL Simulated Emergency Test from the Huntsburg Pumpkin Festival.  Western PA Section and Western NY Section to participate.

January 2012, Mike Voleski KD8JUF appointed as Assistant District Emergency Coordinator-Operations. 

January 2012, Section Manager Frank Piper KI8GW appoints Matt W8DEC to Section Emergency Coordinator.

February, 2012, Section Emergency Coordinator Matt Welch W8DEC appoints Mike Voleski KD8JUF as District Emergency Coordinator.

April, 2012, Mike Voleski KD8JUF recommends Tim Price K8WFL for appointment of Assistant District Emergency Coordinator.