Amateur Radio Emergency Service®

Defined by the ARRL

The Amateur Radio Emergency Service® (ARES®) consists of licensed amateurs who have voluntarily registered their qualifications and equipment with their local ARES leadership and are prepared for communications duty in the public service when disaster strikes.

Download the ARES® Manual [PDF]

Download the ARES® Field Resources Manual [PDF]

ARES® Membership Requirements

Every licensed amateur, regardless of membership in ARRL or any other local or national organization, is eligible to apply for membership in ARES®. Training may be required or desired to participate fully in ARES®. Please inquire at the local level for specific information. Because ARES® is an Amateur Radio program, only licensed radio amateurs are eligible for membership. The possession of emergency-powered equipment is desirable, but is not a requirement for membership.

How to Join ARES®

Register for the Amateur Radio Emergency Service® online by visiting More information can be found on the ARRL website at

In the Morongo Basin

The Morongo Basin Amateur Radio Emergency Service Group has been inactive for the past few months, though resumption of monthly meetings is expected in the near future. A weekly ARES net is held on the MBARC linked repeater system. The net is open to any licensed radio amateur intereted in emergency service work.