Sawnee Amateur Radio Association

An amateur radio club for the Forsyth County Georgia Area


Forsyth County ARES – Amateur Radio Emergency Service®


To all Forsyth County Ham Radio Operators

Please join us Tuesday, March 6th at 7pm for the first Amateur Radio Emergency Services, ARES meeting of 2018. The meeting will be held at 7PM at the Forsyth County Public Safety Training Center located at 3520 Settingdown Road. The meeting will be hosted by Corporal Pete Sabella, the new Emergency Coordinator for the Forsyth County ARES group.

During this informative meeting we will discuss among other topics, the direction and focus of the Forsyth County ARES group. We will also lay the ground work for what I hope will be an exciting and productive year.

Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns.






Peter Sabella, KI4SHP

Corporal Peter Sabella

Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office

School Resource Officer Unit

Forsyth County CERT Coordinator

100 Court House Square

Cumming, GA 30040

Phone 770-667-2580 Ext. 230318

Cell: 678-780-1524




Download the full version of the ARES Manual

Download the full version of the ARES Field Resources Manual 

Weekly ARES Net

Forsyth County ARES Net meets weekly on Tuesdays at 8PM on the WB4GQX repeater 147.150+ (tone 141.3 Hz, tsql. 141.3 Hz) located on Sawnee Mountain in Cumming, GA. In case of repeater failure this net will operate on 146.460 Mhz simplex.

Monthly ARES Meeting

Meetings are the FOURTH Monday of the month at the Cumming Police Department, 301 Veterans Memorial Blvd, Cumming GA at 7PM.   Map

Amateur Radio Emergency Service® (ARES)   

The Amateur Radio Emergency Service® (ARES) consists of licensed amateurs who have voluntarily registered their qualifications and equipment, with their local ARES leadership, for communications duty in the public service when disaster strikes.

ARES Membership Requirements

Every licensed amateur, regardless of membership in ARRL or any other local or national organization is eligible to apply for membership in ARES.  Training may be required or desired to participate fully in ARES.  Please inquire at the local level for specific information.  Because ARES is an Amateur Radio program, only licensed radio amateurs are eligible for membership. The possession of emergency-powered equipment is desirable, but is not a requirement for membership.

How to Get Involved in ARES

Print out this form and submit it to your local Emergency Coordinator.

Or contact the following EC’s:

District Emergency Coordinator, Northeast Georgia

Jerry Adams, W4PX

Email:      dajudge1 at

Emergency Coordinator, Forsyth County

Peter Sabella, KI4SHP



Where will I be needed?

  • Public Service Events:
    • Walk-a-thons, bike-a-thons, parades, festivals and community events.
    • Time commitment is typically defined in advance.
    • Equipment is minimal; often you will only be asked to bring a hand-held radio.
    • Responsibilities may include supporting the communications needs of the community agency  such as crowd control efforts, first aid stations, parking, etc.
  • Localized Disaster:
    • Flooding, tornadoes, or any substantial weather event, where it might not disrupt major areas of communications, but there is still a need for communications to be set up
    • Search, rescue, and traffic needs during the local disaster.
    • Time commitment is less than a major disaster
    • Typically the volunteer would be part of an organization. The organization would have a pre-planned list of expectations and roles.
  • Major Disaster:
    • Wide-spread weather events, such as hurricane, tornadoes, snow storms, earthquakes.
    • A longer time commitment–several weeks to a few months.
    • Volunteers need to prepare their families for their absences.
    • In addition to personal Go Kits, volunteers may also need to bring their long-term Deployment Kits.