HAM Radio 101

Word of the Day: What is “ARES?”

For many operators, Ham Radio is more than a hobby. It’s a way to serve the public’s communications needs when the worst happens. There are several voluntary emergency communication organizations that play an active role in helping to provide assistance in the event of severe storms, hurricanes, tornadoes, and other disasters that can cause widespread power outages. One of those is ARES, the Amateur Radio Emergency Service®.  From the ARRL website: “ARES consists of licensed amateurs who have voluntarily registered their qualifications and equipment, with their local ARES leadership, for communications duty in the public service when disaster strikes.” 

Find out about ARES training, registration, membership requirements, and more at ARRL’s ARES website.

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