FCC Rules and Regulations Part 97 Amateur Radio Service
Subpart A - General Provisions
§97.1 Basis and purpose.
The rules and regulations in this Part are designed 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.
Amateur Radio Emergency Service® (ARES)
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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.
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 is now required 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.
If you are:
- interested in emergency communications
- want to be "in the know" about training opportunities
- want to be on the front lines of service
Then, you will want to get involved and join CT ARES®.
How to Join
Go to the CT ARES website, http://www.ctares.org/ ,
and click ARES MEMBERSHIP in the left column. Read that page.
Then, go to https://secure.ema.arrl.org/qilan/ares/CT/CT_ARES_about ,
and click on NEW APPLICATION.
If you have problems, just ask for help.