What is ARES?
The Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) is a public service
organization coordinated by the American
Radio Relay League. ARES is composed of licensed amateurs who
have voluntarily registered their qualifications and equipment for
communication duty in the public service when disaster strikes.
Every licensed amateur is eligible for membership. The only qualification
is a sincere desire to serve.
more about the national ARES organization...
use Amateur Radio?
Since Amateur Radio equipment does not rely on wires and communications
facilities provided by common carriers and phone companies, it is
immune to disruptions with the telephone system. Licensed Radio
Amateurs use a wide range of radio bands and communications modes,
whether TV, data, voice or Morse code to exchange messages. Amateur
Radio operators are distributed throughout the community, near
schools, churches and park facilities which are often used for evacuation
shelters. Amateur Radio operators are allowed to run higher power
than other licensed and unlicensed personal radio services such
as Citizen Band (CB) and the Family Radio Service (FRS), therefore,
they can communicate over greater distances.
Learn more reasons to why Amateur Radio is often
used for emergency communication...
What is the Purpose of ARES?
ARES primarily passes information from one location to another,
over short or long distance, using Amateur Radio. The information
is usually in the form of written or spoken messages, however, the
transfer of still or full motion video images is also possible.
More on the capabilities of ARES...
Who does ARES serve?
ARES groups are dedicated to serving the communities where
they live, working hand in hand with the American
Red Cross, local and state governments, and other nonprofit,
More on Served Agencies and Client Organizations...
What is the history
ARES (ARES) has been active in the Santa Maria and Santa
Barbara County area for many years. In the last 30 years the organization
has been utilized by most of the local area government agencies,
including city, county and state. Some of the recent functions that
ARES has been part of are:
* 1997 & 2007
Los Padres National Forest fires
* 1993 Marre Forest fire
Painted Cave Forest fire
* Several search and rescue operations, including lost diabetic
lady in Zaca Lake area, lost autistic child in the Santa Ynez river
area, as well as several others..