ARES Program Overview

The Amateur Radio Emergency Service (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 the 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 12 Counties in the Northern New Jersey Section hold Local and Regional ARES training Activities such as Amateur Radio Nets throughout the year so that when needed, operators are fully prepared and ready to handle any communications situation
The 12 Counties are:

More information on ARES is available on the ARRL's Website in the Public Service Area

  • The ARES and RACES Relationships:
Although RACES and ARES are separate entities, the ARRL advocates dual membership and cooperative efforts between both groups whenever possible. When all members of an ARES group are enrolled in and certified by RACES, this single step enables a flexible team structure that can operate effectively in any emergency. Using the same operators and the same frequencies, an ARES group, also enrolled as RACES, can "switch hats" from ARES to RACES and RACES to ARES to meet the requirements of the situation as it develops. For example, during a "non-declared emergency," ARES can operate under ARES, but when an emergency or disaster is officially declared by a state or federal authority, the operation can become RACES with no change in personnel or frequencies.

More information on RACES is available on the ARRL's Website in the Public Service Area.