General Information about ARES
Join Maine ARES
Registration in ARES is moving to an on line process using the
new ARES Connect database. To register with ARES, please contact your county
Emergency Coordinator or your District Emergency Coordinator. They will be able
to guide you through the registration process.
ARES Strategic Plan
As of January 2019, there is a completely new ARRL ARES Strategic Plan.
Other ARRL ARES Links
Link to the Main ARRL ARES Page
Download the full ARRL ARES Manual (pdf format)
Download the ARES Field Resources Manual (pdf format)
Other Relevant Links
ARES versus RACES
There are two emergency communications services that are available to amateur radio operators, ARES and RACES. RACES is the acronym for the Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service. RACES is not an organization but rather the set of FCC rules that a ham radio operator must observe when serving in that capacity when supporting their local emergency management agency.
ARES is an organization that is chartered by the American Radio Relay League (ARRL). It has a structure within ARRL and has a broader range of permitted activities.
There is often some confusion about what the differences are between ARES and RACES. ARRL has a FAQ that explains the differences in some detail. The chart below (developed by the Steele County (MN) Emergency Management Agency) provides a compact comparison.
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