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Word of the Day: RACES (the Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service)


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Yesterday we highlighted ARES, the Amateur Radio Emergency Service®. Today, our Word of the Day focuses on another standby volunteer emergency communication organization made up of trained Hams—RACES, the Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service. Established in 1952, RACES groups at the local, county, and state level (made up of a pool of certified Amateur Radio operators) can be activated by the government agencies they serve during times of crisis to provide communication on the amateur bands at sites including hospitals, emergency shelters, and other locations where fast and reliable communication is vital.

For information on the differences between ARES and RACES, read this ARRL article here.

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