Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service

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The Amateur Radio Public Service Corps (ARPSC) brings together the following amateurs:

  • Amateur Radio Emergency Services (ARES)
  • National Traffic System (NTS)
  • Volunteers who are credentialed to operate in Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service (RACES)
  • Volunteers trained as weather spotters in the National Weather Service SKYWARN program

The Amateur Radio Emergency Service® (ARES) consists of licensed amateurs who have voluntarily registered their qualifications and equipment, with their local ARES leadership, 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 to apply for membership in ARES. ARES membership is often a starting point for volunteers seeking to support public service and/or public safety.

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is responsible for the regulation of RACES operations.
RACES volunteer operators are:
  • Licensed Radio Amateurs
  • Certified by a Civil Defense Agency
  • Able to communicate on Amateur Radio frequencies during drills, exercises and emergencies
  • Activated by local, county, and state jurisdictions and are the only Amateur Radio Operators authorized to transmit during decalred emergencies when the President of the United States specifically invokes the War Powers Act.

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