About Prince William County 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. The Prince William County Amateur Radio Emergency Service® (ARES®) and the Prince William County Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service (RACES), referred to as PWCARES, is a joint cadre composed of FCC-licensed Amateur Radio operators who have voluntarily registered their capabilities and equipment for public service communications duty.
The Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES®) is a voluntary organization of licensed radio amateurs who have registered their capabilities and equipment for providing emergency communications in the event of natural disaster, when regular communications fail or are inadequate. With the exception of the Emergency Coordinator, ARRL membership is NOT required for registration. You do not have to belong to any club or other organization. Registration does not require possession of any specially designed equipment. All amateurs can be of assistance to ARES.