Amateur Radio Emergency Service®

Defined by the ARRL

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

Download the ARES Manual [PDF]

Download the ARES Field Resources Manual [PDF]

ARES Membership Requirements

Every licensed amateur, regardless of membership in ARRL or any other local or national organization, is eligible to apply for membership in ARES. Training may be required or desired to participate fully in ARES. Please inquire at the local level for specific information. Because ARES is an Amateur Radio program, only licensed radio amateurs are eligible for membership. The possession of emergency-powered equipment is desirable, but is not a requirement for membership.

How to Join ARES

Register for the Amateur Radio Emergency Service® online by visiting More information can be found on the ARRL website at

In the Morongo Basin

The Morongo Basin Amateur Radio Emergency Service® holds a monthly meeting on the first Thursday of each month at 1800 Pacific. The meetings are held at the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church located at 59077 Yucca Trail in Yucca Valley, California. The Morongo Basin ARES group conducts a net at 1915 Pacific each Monday on the linked repeater system.