Central Mississippi Amateur Radio Association

Telephone: 601-345-1654 ○ E-mail: CentralMSARA@gmail.com

Next Association Meeting


Next association m
eeting: November 14th at 7:00pm.  Stay tuned for program information. Regular license testing will be available at this meeting. Because of Halloween, the October board meeting will be on Tuesday, October 24th (for this month only).

About ARES

Rankin County ARES/RACES
 

What is ARES?

Amateur Radio Emergency Service

Amateur Radio Emergency Service

Amateur Radio Emergency Service, which has developed since 1935, is a part of the Amateur Radio Relay League (ARRL) Field Organization. Part 97 of the FCC’s Rules and Regulations covers the Amateur Radio Service, states under “Basis and Purpose” in 97.1 (a) that: “Recognition and enhancement of the value of the amateur service to the public as a voluntary non-commercial communication service, particularly with respect to providing emergency communications.” Amateurs have been involved with Public-service communications, emergency communications, since 1913.

In the early days the involvement was unprepared and without any coordination. As stated in the Public Service Communications Manual, published by the ARRL, “As time progressed, the need for and value of organization became evident, resulting in the establishment of organized trunk lines and net systems; later the Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) and the National Traffic System (NTS) were formed to complete the organization.”

Today, “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 the 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”.

Here is the Rankin County (MS) ARES leadership:

Mike Flanagan WM5A: Emergency Coordinator (EC) and RACES Officer
Michelle Singleton, KG5AVT: Assistant Emergency Coordinator (ASEC)
Mike Dancey, WX5H: Assistant Emergency Coordinator (ASEC)
Mike McKay, N5DU: Assistant Emergency Coordinator (ASEC)
Rez Johnson K1REZ: District Emergency Coordinator and State Assistant Emergency Coordinator
Malcolm Keown, W5XX: State Emergency Coordinator

Interested?

If you would like to become affiliated with Rankin County ARES, please contact Michelle Singleton KG5AVT, Assistant Emergency Coordinator for Rankin County, at kg5avt@gmail.com or Mike Flanagan WM5A at wm5a@arrl.net. You can also come to the monthly CMSARA meeting at the Rankin EOC, 601 Marquette Road, Brandon MS on the second Tuesday of each month at 1900 hours, local time. Application forms will be available or you can download an application here.

© 2014-2017 Central Mississippi Amateur Radio Association

Contact CMSARA at:


P.O. Box 892

Telephone.: 601-345-1654

Brandon, MS 39043-0892

Email: CentralMSARA@gmail.com