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Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES)
One of the most important things hams can do is help their communities in times of emergency. When all else fails -- when power is out, phone lines are down, and cell phone systems have buckled under heavy demand, as occurred in the 9/11 attacks -- ham radio is always there to serve the need. In fact, this is one of the most fundamental reasons the FCC created the Amateur Radio service.

The Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) was formed by the American Radio Relay League (ARRL), a voluntary organization representing the interests of hams, to give structure to hams' desire to serve their communities during a crisis. ARES consists of licensed amateurs who have voluntarily registered their qualifications and equipment 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 for membership in ARES. The only qualification, other than having an amateur radio license, is a sincere desire to serve.

North Carolina ARES
Tar Heel Emergency Net (19:30 nightly on 3.923 MHz)
Guilford County ARES
Rockingham County ARES

Last updated 23 July 2015

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