Sevier County Amateur Radio Emergency Service (SCARES) 

Meeting 4th Thursday of month

We urge all to participate in the JCARES net on Mondays at 6PM on the 145.370 repeater system

Mission Statement

To establish and maintain an active ARES organization to serve Sevier County, Tennessee whenever there is a need for emergency communications and assistance. To work with the Sevier County 911 system, The Sevier County Emergency Management Agency, The Tennessee Emergency Management Agency, all local law enforcement agencies, and other served agencies. To participate, and assist in all drills, and emergency situations when needed to provide backup emergency communications. To establish a general plan of action to deal with emergency situations. To participate in the ARRL National Traffic System in passing traffic in an emergency situation whenever needed. To establish a recognized community presence, serving the community in the highest ideals, and standards of the Amateur Radio Service, and the ARRL. 

The Amateur Radio Emergency Service (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.

Amateur radio operators use their training, skills, and equipment to provide communications during emergencies When All Else Fails®.  Hams serve our communities when storms or other disasters damage critical communication infrastructure, including cell towers, and wired and wireless networks. Amateur radio can function completely independently of the internet and phone systems. An amateur radio station can be set up almost anywhere in minutes. Hams can quickly raise a wire antenna in a tree or on a mast, connect it to a radio and power source, and communicate effectively with others. 

ARES Membership Requirements

Every licensed amateur, regardless of membership in ARRL or any other local or national organization is eligible to apply for membership in ARES.  Training may be required or desired to participate fully in ARES.  Please inquire at the local level for specific information.  Because ARES is an Amateur Radio program, only licensed radio amateurs are eligible for membership. The possession of emergency-powered equipment is desirable, but is not a requirement for membership.

If you're an Amateur Radio Operator that lives in or adjacent to Sevier County,Tennessee, please consider joining our Facebook Page, we post all our public information on Meeting, Nets and Events there. No matter your affiliation with another Amateur Radio Service or Organisation, we invite you to join us for our Weekly Nets and/or Monthly Meetings, we have an Open Door Policy !