Additional ARES/RACES members
are needed in Alexander County. You do not have to be a resident of
Alexander County to join. All you need to become an ARES/RACES member is a valid FCC
amateur radio license and an interest in emergency radio operations. Contact
us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call
828-632-7344. You may also fill out this enrollment
The Amateur Radio Emergency Service
(ARES) is a voluntary organization of licensed radio amateurs who have registered their
capabilities and equipment for providing emergency communications as a public service to
the community. The purpose of the ARES is to furnish communications in the event of
natural disaster, when regular communications fail or are inadequate. Sponsored by ARRL,
the ARES functions at the local level to meet local communications needs.
The ARES has a long history of public service going back to its formal
inception in 1935. Since that time the ARES has responded countless times to
Experience has proven that radio amateurs respond more capably in time
of emergency when practice has been conducted in an organized group. There is no
substitute for experience gained before the need arises.
The ARES in each locality operates under the direction of the Emergency
Coordinator (EC), whose function is to direct the activities of the ARES to maintain a
state of readiness.
League membership is not required for registration. Registration does
not require possession of any specially designed equipment. All amateurs can be of
assistance to the ARES. There is provision in the ARES for every amateur regardless of
class of license, equipment owned, or personal circumstances.
Won't you join us in providing this essential Amateur Radio service?