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Departments » Emergency Management » ARES/RACES (Amateur Radio)
General Information

Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service (RACES), is a public service provided by a reserve (volunteer) group of Amateur Radio (Ham Radio) Operators that is administered by local, county and state emergency management agencies; and is supported by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). As a part of the Amateur Radio Service, it provides radio communications for civil-preparedness purposes only, during periods of local, regional or national civil emergencies. These emergencies are not limited to war-related activities, but can include natural disasters such as earthquakes, hurricanes, wildfires, power outages, floods, victim searches, air crashes, and many others.

Originally for wartime use, RACES has evolved over the years, as has the meaning of civil defense (which is also called civil preparedness), to encompass all types of emergencies. While operating in a RACES capacity, RACES stations and amateurs registered in the local RACES organization may not communicate with amateurs not operating in a RACES capacity. (Of course, such restrictions do not apply when such stations are operating in a non-RACES--such as ARES--amateur capacity.) Only civil-preparedness communications can be transmitted. Test and drills are permitted only for a maximum of one hour per week. All test and drill messages must be clearly so identified.

Although RACES and ARES are separate entities, the ARRL advocates dual membership and cooperative efforts between both groups whenever possible for an ARES group whose members are all enrolled in and certified by RACES to operate in an emergency with great flexibility.

Anyone wishing to become a member of Menominee County ARES/RACES may contact the RACES Emergency Coordinator below to obtain a membership application. All applicants are subject to a criminal background check.

M & M Amateur Radio Field Day 2016, June 25, 1:00pm till June 26, 1:00pm. Jone's Field Menominee, follow signs.

M&M Amateur Radio Club »

Contact:  Mike Lemke - KD8FUE - RACES - Menominee County Emergency Coordinator
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