New York City Amateur Radio Emergency Communications Service


New York City Amateur Radio Emergency Communications Service (NYC-ARECS)
Introduces NYC Children to the Art and Science of Amateur Radio


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NEW YORK, NY (February 24, 2012) On Tuesday February 21, 2012, the New York City Amateur Radio Emergency Communications Service (NYC-ARECS), visited the tranquil Inwood Hill Park Nature Center at Manhattan's most northern tip. There, in proximity to New York City's last remaining ancient forest, John Kiernan, a long-time member of NYC-ARECS, spoke with visiting children about the art and science of amateur 'ham' radio technology.

After an introduction, John demonstrated modern radio equipment to the children. He then proceeded to show them, how through radios and antennas (with no Internet or phone wires), he could speak with other amateur radio operators, making contacts in both Georgia and Arizona. A few of the children had an opportunity to interact "hands on" with the radios--one child making contact with a radio operator in Alabama. "One of the children's uncle is a 'ham' so he understood about amateur radio, but most of the children had never heard about it," John said. "Everyone was impressed, they were interested and they all enjoyed the show."

Today, children learn about the Internet and other wired means of communications from an early age, but what they aren't exposed to is radio, the still extant and still viable mode of modern communications. And today's ham radio is not your father's ham radio. Today, ham radio operators can work in digital mode, can send voice, text. photos and data messages from radio to radio, and can use radios to talk through satellites. This technology can be used as a hobby, but is also used as a service in times of emergency and disasters.

Members of NYC-ARECS are dedicated to providing auxiliary radio communications for New York City in the event of a technological, natural or terrorist disaster. Team members are licensed by the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and may participate in the Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service (RACES), a protocol created by the FCC and is administered by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security / Federal Emergency Management Agency.

NYC-ARECS was invited to return in the Spring and is looking forward to the opportunity of sharing the art, science and hobby of amateur radio with more children. To learn more about the New York City Amateur Radio Emergency Communications Service, or if you are interested in learning about joining the team, please visit:


John Kiernan (KE2UN) is vice-president of the New York City Amateur Radio Emergency Communications Service (NYC-ARECS). From 1990-2004, he was the NYC Emergency Coordinator for ARRL/ARES. John is a retired Operating Engineer Supervisor from the U.S. Postal Service and has been a licensed amateur radio operator since 1989. He serves as a member of the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary.


Inwood Hill Park Nature Center at Inwood Hill Park in Manhattan