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Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES)

ARES is a nationwide organization of licensed radio amateurs who have volunteered their expertise and equipment to provide emergency communications whenever disaster strikes. We're always looking for new members. If you would like to offer your time and expertise for a worthwhile and necessary public service, we invite you to apply for membership. The only qualifications are a ham radio license and a desire to serve. Feel free to "drop in" to any of our districts' weekly nets.


How to Join

It couldn't be simpler. Just click on the New Member Register link in the yellow box to the left. Fill out the registration form and submit it. You will receive an immediate e-mail confirmation of your application, and a day or two later, an official welcome stating your membership has been activated.

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ARES members are invited to join InfraGard, a public-private partnership managed by the FBI with the purpose of sharing information concerning protection of our nation's critical infrastructure. Communications is one of those critical elements, and ARES is recognized as playing an important role.

Applicants for InfraGard membership will undergo an FBI background investigation and, once cleared, will receive a membership document, regular e-mailed security briefings, access to the secure InfraGard Internet site and invitations to a variety of training sessions. The passing of the background check may prove useful in a variety of served-agency engagements where absence of a background check might otherwise delay or preclude our involvement.

InfraGard membership is not mandatory, but ARES leadership encourages all members to consider submitting applications.

Applications are accepted online only

Online Application

Current InfraGard Coordinators:

SA Robert Smitka / SA Frederick Simon
Federal Bureau of Investigation
11000 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90024