Welcome to ARES of Jefferson County, MO. The Amateur Radio Emergency Services page.

What is ARES?

The Amateur Radio Emergency Service® (ARES) consists of licensed amateurs who have voluntarily registered their qualifications and equipment, with their local ARES leadership, for communications duty in the public service when disaster strikes.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Jefferson County, Missouri, ARES is to coordinate with public and private agencies and the general public to assist them in obtaining licensed amateur radio operators to assist them with their mission. The Jefferson County, Missouri, ARES attempts to locate licensed amateur radio operators and maintain rosters of trained, skilled, disciplined and equipped individuals and teams experienced in fixed, mobile and field station operation.  This  service is provided in a coordinated and organized manner.  Our goal is to provide the best possible emergency communications radio networks capable of handling tactical and health and welfare message traffic locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally anytime normal means of communications may fail or may become overloaded.

Membership Requirements

Every licensed amateur, regardless of membership in ARRL or any other local or national organization is eligible to apply for membership in ARES.  Training may be required or desired to participate fully in ARES.  Please inquire at the local level for specific information.  Because ARES is an Amateur Radio program, only licensed radio amateurs are eligible for membership. The possession of emergency-powered equipment is desirable, but is not a requirement for membership.

Join our Facebook Group

The most up to date information about the Jefferson County ARES group can be found on our Facebook Group.

How to get your Amateur Radio License

Before you can get on the air, you need to be licensed and know the rules to operate legally. US licenses are good for 10 years before renewal and anyone may hold one except a representative of a foreign government. In the US there are three license classes—Technician, General and Extra.

See the ARRL Web Site for more information


The Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service (RACES) is a standby radio service provided for in Part 97.407 of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) rules and regulations governing amateur radio in the United States.

Traditional RACES operations involve emergency message handling on Amateur Radio Service frequencies. These operations typically involve messages between critical locations such as hospitals, emergency services, emergency shelters, and any other locations where communication is needed. These communications are handled in any mode available, with 2 meters FM being the most prevalent. During time of war, when the President exercises his War Emergency Powers, RACES might become the only communications allowed via amateur radio. Activating under the FCC’s restrictive RACES Rules is not always necessary when using Amateur Radio Service frequencies for emergency communications. For example, ACS communicators may need to communicate with ARES or other radio amateurs who are not government-certified to operate in a RACES net. ACS personnel also might become involved in non-amateur public-safety or other government communications, Emergency Operations Center (EOC) staffing, and emergency equipment repair.