Association of Emergency Radio Organizations in Minnesota

Tom Gallegher, NY2RF CEO ARRL
Second Century
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ARRL Chief Executive Officer

Fighting the Last War, or the Next?

“What does the multibillion-dollar FirstNet communications network mean for radio amateurs? Is it the future, or just a Maginot Line?”

Earlier this year, the First Responder Network Authority, known as FirstNet, announced that AT&T would receive a 25-year contract to build its dedicated nationwide broadband communi­cations network for first responders. Spawned by the 9/11 Commission Report of July 2004, the program responds to key Commission findings from the 2001 terrorist attacks: first responders couldn’t communicate with each other; neighboring jurisdictions in New Jersey and northern Virginia lacked interop­erabilty with the affected area, and commercial networks failed almost immediately in the wake of the disaster, without assis­tance from wind, rain, or fire.

Congress created FirstNet in 2012 to ensure a reliable common platform for emergency communications. Interoperability defines its goal, but not its only goal, tying together not only multiple communications modes but nearly all communications devices as well — smartphones, PCs, tablets — utilizing voice, video, texting, and data in a merger of means, devices, and modalities. It introduces yet another layer of capabilities to the already large menu of the emergency response community. This is important; we need to pay attention.


Currently, AERO Curriculum is just coming together. AERO 100 is available at your local club. AERO 101, 102 and 201 will be available in the next few months. This material was taken from a presentation about the AERO Curriculum and could still be updated and reorganized.

What is AERO?

  • AERO is the Association of Emergency Radio Organizations
  • AERO member groups must have an official affiliation with a government or nonprofit agency involved in emergency management.
  • Radio Clubs that are not recognized by an emergency jurisdiction or agency are not eligible.
  • Individual radio operators are not eligible for membership

Mission Statement

The Mission of the Association of Emergency Radio Organizations is to enhance the ability of volunteer emergency radio organizations to support emergency management and disaster response agencies with supplemental communications in times of disaster.


  • The focus of the AERO organization is communications support to our emergency management lead agencies during times of emergency or disaster.
  • AERO training will help the amateur radio operator to better their skills as they become more involved with an emergency amateur radio organization such as: ARES, RACES or Skywarn.



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