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Public service/emergency communication is one of the foundations of amateur radio, and can be both fun and fulfilling. ARES is part of the Amateur Radio Relay League (ARRL) field organization.  It is composed of licensed amateur radio operators who have registered their equipment and capabilities to volunteer for public service and emergency communications.  You do not need to be a member of the ARRL to be a member of ARES.
ARES provides communications support to what are called “served agencies”. These are typically agencies with which ARES has an established memorandum of understanding. In Bastrop County, our served agencies are the Bastrop Office of Emergency Managment. The National Weather Service is indirectly one of our served agencies, as many ARES members are trained storm spotters and work in conjunction with the National Weather Service during severe weather situations. We also provide communications for public service events, such as walk-a-thons, to any governmental or non-profit group with such a need.  In times of emergency ARES members set up and operate base stations at shelters, command posts, emergency operations centers, agency headquarters, hospitals, and the like providing communications among the various agencies and their officials out in the field.
Training has always been an important component of ARES membership. The training for our members is designed to familiarize them with the needs of our served agencies, improve skills as radio communicators, and help promote and maintain a “team” concept among members. In the post 9/11 era, training is even more critical. Emergency managers are unwilling to use untrained volunteers. We offer our members training in basic emergency communications, the incident command structure, severe storm spotting, training from the Red Cross, and other topics and areas as necessary. In the past our members have received training in such things as ground search and rescue, hazardous materials awareness, and earthquake awareness.
Please read the “Expectations” section below. Our purpose is not to just add names to a membership list – we are looking for people who are interested in public service and emergency communications and will be active members. Whether your ham radio interests are in HF, digital, or VHF/UHF communications, ARES is a great way to use your skills and expertise, or to gain additional experience.
Complete the ARES Registration form, and return it to the Emergency Coordinator (contact information below). You will then be provided with an  a copy of the Emergency Operations Plan, and a membership list.  You will also be added to the ARES email list and receive a monthly “newsletter” with information about ARES in Bastrop Counties.
As a registered member of ARES, you are expected to:
  • Have or obtain the necessary equipment to enable you to effectively participate as an emergency communicator (minimally a dual-band H-T or mobile radio).
  • Participate in any required or necessary training, refresher training, and drills
  • Attend as many monthly meetings as possible. These are generally when training sessions are offered. 
  • Participate in the weekly ARES radio net when possible
Complete the ARES registration form and return it to Jim Allen, KE5AMB, Emergency Coordinator.
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