To prospective members ....Welcome to the Wisconsin ARES/RACES website.
I am honored by the opportunity to lead this dedicated group of amateur radio volunteers. Please explore our web site, the means by which we tell our story of service to various public and private agencies and ultimately to our communities. Come back often.
We are ARES (Amateur Radio Emergency Service) and RACES (Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service). ARES is sponsored by the private, non-profit organization, the American Radio Relay League (our ham radio national organization). RACES is sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and is administered in our state by Wisconsin Emergency Management (WEM). Our members are Amateur Radio operators, individually licensed by the Federal Communications Commission. They are trained emergency communicators who have volunteered personal time, skill, and equipment to serve in the public interest. The members have taken ICS-100 and IS-700 to be compliant with NIMS and Incident Command requirements for volunteers. Many members have also taken the basic weather spotting class from the National Weather Service. Many members have gone far beyond this in their training and/or careers when it comes to public safety and emergency communications training/experience.
To our visitors from served agencies and the news media: this is where we convey how we meet the purposes and principles quoted below in Part 97.1 of the Federal Communications Commission regulations governing amateur radio, especially sections (a) covering emergency communications and (d) covering expansion of trained operators.
To prospective members, both current amateur radio operators and individuals thinking about becoming "hams" due to interest in being of assistance to your community in emergencies and participation during public service events: this is where we will try to pull you in by telling you about our experiences and capabilities, from our well tested traffic handling process of getting the message through when all else fails to high tech leading edge electronics. There is a fun side to this hobby, too! There is so much to discover.
§97.1 Basis and purpose.-
Look around, there is plenty here to discover and we can always use positive suggestions to keep this web presence current, interesting and worth your time. Thank you for visiting.
Mark Rasmussen, N9MEA