Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES)

Hood River County, Or.

KA7HRC

 When All Else Fails ...

Welcome to Hood River County ARES (HRCARES)


This group is a county level organizational unit of the Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES), a part of the ARRL. ARES groups can be created at the county level in each division and section of the ARRL. We consist of licensed amateurs who have voluntarily registered their qualifications and equipment for communications duty in the public service when disaster strikes. The group is headquarted in Hood River, Hood River County, Oregon. All licensed amateurs, regardless of membership in ARRL or any other local or national organization, is eligible for membership in ARES. We have monthly meetings, training, bi-annual simulated activations as well as weekly voice and data nets to keep up our skills. Please explore this site for more information about what we do and how we do it.
 
 


What is ARES?

"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 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." ~ Public Service Communications Manual (PSCM)


What is RACES?

"Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service (RACES), administered by local, county and state emergency management agencies, and supported by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) of the United States government, is a part of the Amateur Radio Service that provides radio communications for civil-preparedness purposes only, during periods of local, regional or national civil emergencies." ~ Public Service Communications Manual (PCSM)


What is the difference between ARES and RACES?

"ARES is activated before, during and after an emergency. Generally, ARES handles all emergency messages, including those between government emergency management officials. RACES, on the other hand, almost never starts before an emergency and is active only during the emergency and during the immediate aftermath if government emergency management offices need communications support. RACES is normally shut down shortly after the emergency has cleared." ~ ARES vs RACES FAQ