Tune in for a QSO. Amateur radio, often called Ham Radio, is both a hobby and a service in which participants, called "hams", use various types of radio communications equipment to communicate with other radio amateurs for public service, recreation and self-training. Amateur radio operators enjoy personal and often worldwide wireless communications with each other and are able to support their communities with emergency and disaster communications if necessary.
Forgot Password? Training may be required or desired to participate fully in ARES. Please inquire at the local level for specific information.
Communication failures have been a defining part of natural disasters and even some human-generated events such as the September 11 attacks that occurred in New York City in A lack of communication between firefighters at the World Trade Center contributed directly to the deaths of of those firefighters. Amateur radio operators belonging to ARES and its predecessor, the Amateur Radio Emergency Corps have responded to local and regional disasters since the s, including the attacks of September 11,and the category 5 storms Hurricane Katrina  and Hurricane Michael.
When so activated, the Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service will consist of only those amateur radio operators who have previously registered with State and local governments to provide emergency radio communications for them in times of emergency. Other amateur radio operations might be suspended and operations under the RACES rules might be restricted to certain frequencies within the amateur radio bands. In addition to wartime communications, operations under the RACES rules can provide or supplement communications during emergencies where normal communication systems have sustained damage.
Disasters in remote places have historically involved amateur radio operators. Disasters still happen regularly, and ham radio operators continue to serve the public with their skills and radio equipment. Emergency management professionals still need to include ham radio operators in their planning processes because of the vital help they can offer.
The Board also acknowledged the efforts of the many AREDN implementation groups around the country who are building networks based on this technology and who stand ready to utilize them to serve the needs of their communities in times of disaster. AREDN forms a non-profit corporation to ensure continuity The project saw the need for more formal governance and as a result, took the strategic step of organizing as a non-profit corporation. This will help protect the user-community investments in mesh networking by setting up the framework for long-term resource management, research, and development.
She said 32, were granted in32, inand 33, in Total active FCC-issued ham radio licenses hit an all-time high ofin November When regular phone service fails, amateur radio operators fill the communications gap with their independent transceivers and battery power backups.
Forgot Password? Amateur Radio operators set up and operate organized communication networks locally for governmental and emergency officials, as well as non-commercial communication for private citizens affected by the disaster. Amateur Radio operators are most likely to be active after disasters that damage regular lines of communications due to power outages and destruction of telephone, cellular and other infrastructure-dependent systems. Many radio amateurs are active as communications volunteers with local public safety organizations.
The Team also supports all other amateur emergency communications programs in the state of Indiana. S for emergency communications interoperability. The Indiana Department of Homeland Security has been issued an Agency License to operate on military frequencies using specially trained amateur radio operators.
In times of crisis and natural disastersamateur radio is often used as a means of emergency communication when wirelinecell phones and other conventional means of communications fail. Unlike commercial systems, Amateur radio is usually independent of terrestrial facilities that can fail. It is dispersed throughout a community without "choke points" such as cellular telephone sites that can be overloaded.