Amateur Radio Emergency Service
Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES)
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 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.
To Join the Huron County ARES Group, send me
an ARRL application form FSD-98 to:
Steve Buss KG8BT
213 Hayes Street
Willard, Oh 44890
ARRL FSD-98 ARES APPLICATION
Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service
Founded in 1952, the Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service (RACES) is a public service provided by a reserve (volunteer) communications
group within government agencies in times of extraordinary need. During periods of RACES activation, certified unpaid personnel
are called upon to perform many tasks for the government agencies they serve. Although the exact nature of each activation
will be different, the common thread is communications.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) provides
planning guidance, technical assistance, and funding for establishing a RACES organization at the state and local government
level. A comprehensive RACES manual, Guidance for Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service, is available on the FEMA Web site
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is responsible for the regulation
of RACES operations. RACES is administrated by a local, county, or state civil defense agency responsible for disaster services.
This civil defense agency is typically an emergency services or emergency management organization, sometimes within another
agency such as police or fire. RACES is a function of the agency's Auxiliary Communications Service (ACS), sometimes known
as DCS (Disaster Communications Service), ECS (Emergency Communications Service), ARPSC (Amateur Radio Public Service Corps),
etc. Many ACS units identify themselves solely as RACES organizations, even though their communications functions and activities
typically go beyond the restrictions of RACES operations. Other ACS units combine government RACES and non-government ARES
(Amateur Radio Emergency Service) activities and identify themselves as ARES/RACES organizations. Yet other ACS units who
use amateur radio for emergency government communications identify themselves solely as ARES organizations, whether or not
they activate under FCC RACES Rules.