Emergency Communications are alive and well in Mercer County.
Mercer County ACS
ACS is the Auxiliary Communication Service.
Mercer County ACS provides the function of both RACES and ARES.
Here is a good write up from the ARRL about the difference between ARES and RACES
Here is a link to the ARRL official ARES website Official ARRL ARES Website
Here is a link to the Pennsylvania official ACS website Official Pennsylvania ACS Website
Mercer County's EC and Radio Officer is Mike Varga (NR3C)
Questions about ACS membership can be directed to Mike Varga (NR3C)
ACS Membership Requirements:
Participation in at least 3 drills, public service events, or events per year
Attend at least 2 quarterly meetings per year
Uniforms: ARRL Polo Shirts & Cargo Pants
NOT Required, but recommended: Hazmat Recognition class offered through the county.
Mercer County is part of the Western Pennsylvania ARES organization Western Pennsylvania ARES Website
Here is a link to our neighbors to the south -> Lawrence County RACES / ARES