Step 1: Active ARES® membership
To become an active ARES member, you must complete three (3) activities:
(1) Fill out an application and
- U.S. mail to John MacDonald, K4BR – 100 Tennis Court Cir – Waynesboro, GA 30830
- or scan/email (.pdf only please) to firstname.lastname@example.org.
(2) Pass the “open book” Georgia ARES® Basic Communications Test (free)
This test takes only about 45 minutes.
All info required to pass this test is in the study material. There is no time limit on the test.
The test may be found at http://arestest.org
The study material may be found at http://www.arestest.org/gwinnett_ares_basic_training.pdf
(3) Demonstrate participation by documenting at least three activities from any of the following within a 6 month period:
- SET – counts for three activities
- Checking into “The CSRA ARES® Net” on the 147.12 MHz (+600 KHz, 71.9 Hz tone) Wrens, GA repeater at 4:00 PM every first Sunday of the month.
- Participation at a medical facility on a first Sunday afternoon – email email@example.com for info.
- Check into a state net especially on first Sunday afternoons each month.
- Attend the GA State ARES® Meeting in Forsyth in January – counts for three activities
- Possibly other activities of which you will be notified in the future.
Level 1 and Level 2 ARES® members
The information on this page is applicable only for AROs in these Georgia and South Carolina counties: Burke, Columbia, Glasscock, Hancock, Jefferson, Jenkins, Lincoln, McDuffie, Richmond, Taliaferro, Warren, Wilkes and neighboring counties in the CSRA of South Carolina.
The Amateur Radio Emergency Service® (or just ARES®) is a corps of trained amateur radio operator volunteers organized to assist in times when there is need for emergency communications.
Being an ARES® member in the 21st century requires a certain amount of training and also participation. There are two levels of ARES® membership in the Georgia State Amateur Radio Emergency Service® – Level 1 Operator and Level 2 Operator.