As you sign up for ARES® Brevard, please consider the following:
What is the "Emergency Communications Commitment"?
The idea behind the statement "Amateur Radio is the hobby. Emergency Communication is a
commitment." is that so many people will not spend the time to learn emergency communications and
when urged to do so will reply with "It's just a hobby."
The hobby is Amateur Radio and we expect people to treat the hobby portion as a hobby. The difference
is that when you volunteer for ARES®, that it is a commitment. That means, if it is humanly possible,
(NEVER do anything that would endanger your family and always consider the importance of your job) you
will support Training and Emergencies. Does that mean or imply that any one person will support all of
these activities? Not at all. It does mean that each person will support as many activities as their other
commitments will allow.
This will include checking in to the NET and training. It is on this net that information about upcoming
training meetings, events or exercises will be disseminated along with other topics. A good goal to set is
to check into the nets and attend training meetings, exercises and call outs as much as possible.
Members will also be required to complete the following FEMA and Emergency Communications courses:
FEMA IS-100.b -- IS-700. along with the ARRL EC-001 Emergency Communications Course and EC-016.
Additionally it is highly encouraged to complete: FEMA IS-200.b and IS-800.b for certification. These
courses can be self-paced or sign up for the training classes when they become available.
We may have the communications equipment and years of operating on the Amateur bands, but is it
easily applied to emergency communications? The equipment maybe - but you and me, no. One does not
simply walk into an emergency situation unless you have some training and/or experience. We don't just
sit down at a transceiver and control a host of other stations passing emergency messages, or go mobile
and know what to do or set up an emergency communications system that supports a specific area. And
that is why the training program is so essential to the ARES® program.
Give this some thought: ARES® is spread thin, mighty thin, across the nation. You have the equipment
and communications skills. They just have to be sharpened so that you can rapidly respond to an
As a group we are making a commitment to, seved agencies and First Responders to be a well-organized,
well trained and well equipped Emergency Communications response organization.
We can work together to make this happen.
Amateur Radio Emergency Service, ARES®, is a program of the American Radio Relay League, and that
entity will abide by the Rules and Regulations of the ARRL's Field Organization, as they may be amended
from time to time, and by American Radio Relay League, ARRL, policies, rules, and guidelines contained
in ARRL publications.