If you are a volunteer interested in emergency communications and want to be “in the know” about training opportunities and want to be on the front lines of service, you will want to get involved and join Panhandle Amateur Radio Club (PARC) ARES®. Joining means that you have a desire to train and to serve either at home or in the field. It is easy, so read below about the process, and come aboard and have fun!
The Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) consists of licensed amateurs who have voluntarily registered their qualifications and equipment for communications duty in the public service when disaster strikes. Every licensed amateur, regardless of membership in ARRL or any other local or national organization, is eligible for membership in the ARES. The only qualification, other than possession of an Amateur Radio license, is a sincere desire to serve. Because ARES is an amateur service, only amateurs are eligible for membership. The possession of emergency-powered equipment is desirable, but is not a requirement for membership.
Register in the Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) using this form:
Complete the registration form at the link above, and join us at the next PARC ARES training meeting which is held on the second Tuesday of each month at 7:30pm at the Amarillo Emergency Services Building at 1900 Line Avenue in Amarillo, TX.
There are no dues required for ARES.
However, as PARC ARES is a committee of the Panhandle Amateur Radio Club, we strongly encourage all PARC ARES members to join the club as well, for the following reasons:
- Both groups are striving to bring Amateur Radio as a hobby to the attention of as many interested persons as possible and to educate the public about this hobby.
- Both groups are striving to educate Amateur Radio operators in the proper use of amateur radio frequencies and provide training as necessary to upgrade licensees to the higher levels of amateur radio licensing.
- Both groups are striving to bring new technologies to the amateur community and provide education in these technologies.
- Membership of the two groups includes the same individuals who for the most part are active in each group.
- Members are from the entire Texas Panhandle and nearby Oklahoma and New Mexico areas.
- Both groups are interested in providing communications assistance to interested groups, city, county and state governments, the National Weather Service (SKYWARN), and others that can use the communications capabilities that are available from the amateur radio community.
- Both are interested in the Regional Communications Plan that has been compiled by the Panhandle Regional Planning Commission in accordance with State of Texas mandates.
- Both groups perform ARRL sanctioned activities and participate in ARRL planned and sanctioned activities.