ARKANSAS ARES



Ready to Serve



The Amateur Radio Emergency ServiceĀ® (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. It is sponsored by the American Radio Relay League (ARRL) in the United States and Radio Amateurs of Canada (RAC). The Arkansas / Delta Section provides services to the state of Arkansas.


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

The primary function of ArkARES is to provide Emergency Communications for:

  • Declared Emergencies

  • Public Safety Incidents

  • Served Agency Mutual Assistance (ARC, EMS, etc)

  • Public Safety Mutual Assistance

  • Public Safety Drills