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This is the web site of the Santa Fe ARES group of Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA.

What is ARES?

ARES is an acronym for Amateur Radio Emergency Service,  a public service of the ARRL (American Radio Relay League), the United States' national association of amateur radio operators. There are local ARES organizations throughout the United States.

ARES is an all volunteer organization which provides auxiliary radio communications without charge to:

  •  government agencies during times of emergency, including hurricanes, earthquakes, and forest fires
  •  other organizations active in emergencies, such as hospitals or the American Red Cross
  •  other groups running festivals, parades, fund raising events and similar community or public service events.

ARES can provide essential communications when:

  •  telephone and cellular systems, or an agency's regular radio systems, are disrupted or overloaded
  • when communications are needed at spots where telephone lines and cell coverage are not possible.

ARES operators can establish communications at any location, with or without commercial electrical service, using special amateur radio equipment and frequencies granted by the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC).

Please do not be mislead by the  term "Amateur".  It is meant in the original context of "one who engages in an activity for pleasure rather than for financial benefit or professional reasons." Amateur radio operators as a group are highly trained and experienced in radio communication techniques, each having passed a FCC-required licensing exam.

About the Santa Fe ARES Group

The Santa Fe ARES Group is composed of over forty women and men from the general Santa Fe area. Membership is open to any licensed amateur radio operator interested in volunteer public service. We welcome inquiries. ARES Registration Form


We usually meet on the second Saturday of every month at 9:00 a.m. at the Santa Fe County EOC on Rte 14 or the Food Depot on Siler Road.  For new members, the Orientation Process starts at 0830.

Anyone is welcome to attend. Note: We occasionally meet on a different day. If you are interested in attending a meeting, please contact the person listed below to confirm the meeting day and time.

We also have a voice net on the Tuesday before the ARES meeting at 8:00 p.m. on the Santa Fe linked repeater system. Anyone is welcome to join in:

  • 146.820 MHz (-600, 162.2) - Tesuque Peak
  • 147.200 MHz (+600, 162.2) - St. Vincent's Hospital
  • 147.300 MHz (+600, 162.2) - Elk Mt.
  • 442.825 MHz (+5, 131.8) - Tesuque Peak

Need More Information?

For information about meetings, activities or membership, or to inquire about ways in which Santa Fe ARES might help your organization, please contact the group's Emergency Coordinator, Evelyn Ward (KE5GLR) at:

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