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