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:
- (a) Recognition and enhancement of the value of the amateur service to the public as a voluntary noncommercial
communication service, particularly with respect to providing emergency communications. ...
- (d) Expansion of the existing reservoir within the amateur radio service of
trained operators, technicians and electronics experts. Ham radio operators have their own
equipment and frequencies that can supplement those of public service agencies in time of need.
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
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:
Dane County ARES Emergency Coordinator
All members must be registered. Forms can be downloaded from:
Members are expected to demonstrate that they are capable of effective response by:
- Taking the Introduction to Incident Command System, FEMA IS-100 course
- Taking the National Incident Management System, FEMA IS-700 course
- Participating in at least 12 training nets annually
- Participate in at least one activation a year, such as SKYWARN, public service or drill
- Attend at least one in-person meeting annually
- Contribute to the team
- Attend SKYWARN training biannually
- Sending at least one (simulated) National Traffic System radiogram
(A background check
may be required to serve in some facilities.)
8 PM Wednesdays on the Madison Area Repeater Association 147.15 repeater, +.6 MHz transmit
offset, PL=123.0, except for meeting nights.
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
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