Around this time of year, the increased news about storms and hurricanes reminds us Amateur Radio can be called upon to play a role in emergencies. The ARRL sponsors ARES (Amateur Radio Emergency Service), made up of Amateur Radio operators, who register their equipment and qualifications for possible community assistance during emergencies like major hurricanes. Many of us remember the important role Amateur Radio played when Iniki hit Kauai in 1992.
Trained ARES operators can be called on to provide volunteer communications services in times of disaster or civil emergency. Hawaii ARES is segmented into four counties, each organized into districts having an assigned District Emergency Coordinator (DEC). Members participate in net operations (on-the-air information gathering), exercises and training, activities organized at the district level in Hawaii.
ARES is open to all Amateur Radio operators. You don’t need to be a member of the ARRL to join ARES.
Please join us! Amateur Radio operators can enroll in the Hawaii Amateur Radio Emergency Service by selecting the “Register New Member” menu item under the Members menu on the Hawaii ARES web site: http://www.HawaiiARES.info
From Joe Speroni (AH0A) and Clem Jung (KH7HO).