Joining Williamson Co – Amateur Radio Emergency Service, WC-ARES, located in Williamson County Texas, is quite easy, just two simple requirements and one simple online form to fill out.
As outlined on the Amateur Radio Relay League, ARRL website, 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.
ARES Membership Requirements:
- Every licensed amateur regardless of membership in ARRL or any other local or national organization is eligible to apply for membership in ARES. Training may be required or desired to participate fully in ARES. Please inquire at the local level for specific information. Because ARES is an Amateur Radio program, only licensed radio amateurs are eligible for membership. The possession of emergency-powered equipment is desirable but is not a requirement for membership.
- The second requirement is a desire to serve.
Online Registration Form:
In lieu of the ARRL paper registration form, we have an on-line form that collects the same info but also allows you to return and enter/track your training. This also allows the ARES leadership at the county, district, or section level to generate reports based on training, equipment, or rosters. You are also encouraged to update/check your contact info periodically. Addresses, call signs, license class, phone numbers, cell phone carriers, email address, etc. change. It’s much easier for each member to verify their own info that asking a volunteer to do this for hundreds of members. Each member is expected to verify your own data before Field Day or one of our Simulated Exercise Training, SET, or Public Service Events.
To register as a new member, follow this link New Member Registration Form. Complete the form making sure to complete the asterisked mandatory fields.
Once you have completed and submitted your registration form a ARES officer will send you a login and password to the South Texas Section Amateur Radio Emergency Service member data base.
Updating Your Registration Info:
Each member should update their own information 1-2 times a year even if nothing has changed. Why, because one of the reports the ARES leadership pulls quite often is how dated is this information is. If your records are 2-3-4 years old the data could be wrong and not trusted. So check it and use the Update button on the bottom of the form. It is suggested you do this before every Field Day and Public Service Event you participate in.