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.
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 Powhatan Area Radio Club and it's N4POW repeaters, are a part of District 1 within the Virginia Section of ARES. We participate in all training, exercises, and activations when called upon by a government official.
Powhatan County Emergency Manager - Curt Nellis KD4JLY
Powhatan ARES Emergency Coordinator - Jim Meritt KK4IUH
Please contact us if you are interested in joining Powhatan ARES.