The Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES), is the field arm of the Amateur Radio Relay League (ARRL).
The League deals with all aspects of amateur radio, including legislation, licensing, and contests; the ARES
branch specifically handles field communications, particularly during emergencies. When you hear in the
news that amateur radio operators were part of a search and rescue operation, assisted in getting aid to a
ship in trouble at sea, or provided communications for a Red Cross© shelter, you’re likely hearing about
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. However,
federal regulations and other requirements require specific training over and above that required for
an amateur license, and to accept a leadership role, you do need to join the ARRL.
ARES volunteers also serve our neighbors by providing free communications at planned events such as
parades, and other events, a win-win situation. Experienced and new operators refresh and polish their
emergency-response skills through helping at public events and the public benefits through the service
Clackamas County ARES or ‘CARES’, serves agencies within Clackamas County.
Our mission is to provide backup radio communications, staffed by licensed professional amateur radio
operators, to served agencies and community organizations within Clackamas County.
Our vision is to continually evolve into highly skilled amateur radio operators who provide multimode
communications during community events, emergencies and disasters for served agencies, community
organizations and the public.
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