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.
ARRL East Bay Section ARES® ("EB-ARES") is not limited to the memberships of one or more local clubs, groups, or programs. ARES coexists and cooperates with other Amateur Radio emergency-communications programs and organizations, and members of each are encouraged to join the others and meet their requirements. Such programs and organizations include those that serve only one agency, including the American Red Cross, the Salvation Army (under its "SATERN" program), and government-agency-organized groups often called RACES or ACS.
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 apply for membership in EB-ARES. Please use our online Associate Member application form. Please use this online form even if you have previously submitted an ARRL "ARES® Registration Form" (FSD-98) provided by the ARRL; completing that form is not sufficient for EB-ARES purposes.
Members enter EB-ARES as Associate Members. Associate Members are those who meet or exceed ARRL minimum requirements for ARES membership.
EB-ARES Associate Members are encouraged to qualify as Full Members in EB-ARES. An EB-ARES Full Member has specified emergency communications and disaster-response course training (see the Member Course Training page). Full Members may also be expected to complete training that is required by EB-ARES served agencies. Each Full Member will be issued a photo ID. A Full Member designation is granted only at the discretion of the Section Manager. EB-ARES Associate Members should see the Full Member Designation page to apply.
In selecting volunteers, the ARRL does not discriminate on the basis of race, nationality, age, gender, sexual orientation, religion, disability or physical characteristics. No individual is entitled to serve the ARRL in a volunteer capacity, and the ARRL is not obligated to accept or continue to accept volunteer services from any individual. The ARRL may at any time refuse to accept or cease to accept services from an individual for any reason or no reason, and the ARRL is not obligated to state a reason for the termination of a volunteer. These statements apply to the ARRL as a whole; to its local unit, the ARRL East Bay Section; and to ARRL East Bay Section ARES.