Amateur Radio Emergency Services is a two part institution. Amateurs regularly volunteer to assist the local community with communications whether emergency or not and perform a valuable service to the community. There is also the official organization managed by ARRL that is set up to interface with the emergency organizations whether government of private with localized organized units of ARES volunteers. To bring the local groups to a unified standard ARRL has provided a listing of courses for the Amateur community. These are free and mostly available on the web and provide a standard training for exchange of communications in any situation.
Most ARES nets tend to happen after work or on the weekend. I recommend you let your boss and your coworkers know ahead of time. It will be a great way to test out your HT at work, and is a great way to introduce a friend or colleague to the hobby. Come check in to our net on Wednesday, January 16th at pm.
Forgot Password? This introductory course provides the basic information you'll need to participate in ham radio public service and emcomm activities. Learn More. This advanced course EC prepares hams to serve in leadership roles for public service and emergency communication response. Some ARES clubs offer classroom training and exams.
With one of our primary purposes of supporting state and local emergency management, some formal but free training is required to participate fully in ARES. Please inquire at the local level for specific information. The possession of emergency-powered equipment is desirable but is not a requirement for membership. DEC Districts may be defined as geographical regions, areas of specialty, or similar organizational structures.