Information about the Amateur Radio Emergency Service

The Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) is a part of the Amateur Radio Relay League’s (ARRL) extensive volunteer field organization dedicated to public service. ARES is comprised of amateur radio operators who volunteer to provide a resource of trained operators for primary or secondary communications links for governmental agencies and non-profit organizations. Every licensed amateur, regardless of membership in the ARRL or any other organization, is eligible for membership in ARES.

If you are interested in joining, contact Rick Myers, County ARES Emergency Coordinator, at, or come to one of the ARES meetings. They are held the 2nd Monday of the month at the Bonne Terre Airport at 8 pm (after the local nets). You can also check into the ARES net held every Monday evening at 7:30 pm on the Farmington repeater.