ARRL East Bay Section

Amateur Radio Emergency Service® (ARES®)

The Amateur Radio Emergency Service® (ARES®), a nationwide program of the ARRL, consists of licensed Amateur Radio operators who have voluntarily registered their qualifications and equipment, with their local ARES leadership, for volunteer communications duty in the public service when disaster strikes.

Every licensed radio amateur, regardless of membership in ARRL or any other local or national organization, is eligible to apply for membership in ARES. Because ARES is an Amateur Radio program, only licensed radio amateurs are eligible to apply. The possession of emergency-powered equipment is desirable but not a requirement.

"Amateur Radio Emergency Service" and "ARES" are registered service marks of the ARRL and are used by permission.

The ARES Program in the ARRL East Bay Section

The ARRL East Bay Section comprises California's Alameda, Contra Costa, Napa, and Solano Counties.

ARES members are licensed by the FCC in the Amateur Radio Service and serve in ARES as volunteers. If you are a licensed radio amateur who lives here in the ARRL East Bay Section or who spends a large amount of time here, and you would like to register your qualifications and equipment for communications duty in the public service in this ARRL section when disaster strikes, we encourage you to register in ARES. Please see our Registration page.

From the acting Section Emergency Coordinator

I welcome your interest in ARES. If you have questions or comments, please contact me at

John Rabold KS6M
Section Emergency Coordinator (acting), ARRL East Bay Section
January 2018