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Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) & Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service (RACES)

Why HAM Radio?

Ham radio operators have experimented with and advanced the radio art since the beginning of radio.

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) established Part 97 of their rules “to provide an amateur radio service having a fundamental purpose as expressed in the following principles:

What are ARES and RACES?

ARES – What is It?

The Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) was created in 1935 by the American Radio Relay League (ARRL) to provide any type of radio communications support to public service agencies such as the Red Cross and the National Weather Service (NWS). Charity events, such as runs and bike rides, serve to hone skills that are needed for emergency communications.

RACES – What is It?

Established by the FCC in 1952, the Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service (RACES) provides communications to government agencies in times of need. RACES is administered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). RACES operators meet and train regularly with government officials so that they can be an effective part of an emergency response.

ARES and RACES in Wisconsin are the same organization and is NIMS and ICS compliant.

How to Participate

Who Can Participate?

Any FCC licensed amateur radio operator, consistent with the privileges of your license may participate.

Contact the Dane County ARES/RACES emergency coordinator at:

Luke Ziobro
Dane County ARES Emergency Coordinator
Website: daneares.org

All members must be registered. Forms can be downloaded from: daneares.org/downloads Members are expected to demonstrate that they are capable of effective response by:

Weekly Net

8 PM Wednesdays on the Madison Area Repeater Association 147.15 repeater, +.6 MHz transmit offset, PL=123.0, except for meeting nights.

Monthly Meetings

Meetings are usually held at 7 PM on the third Wednesday of each month at various locations. Please reference the meeting schedule at daneares.org for the latest information.

Public Service Events

Participation in public service events provides an opportunity to practice communications skills that would be used during an emergency and to test equipment and techniques. Dane County ARES/RACES sponsors communications for several events and members participate in other events in and around Dane County.

Dane County ARES/RACES events and ham radio coordinators

Other events that we participate in and ham radio coordinators


For the latest up to date information please visit daneares.org