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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 ARES Emergency Coordinator - Mark Robinson N4MDR

Powhatan ARES Assistant EC - Carl Cash KF4UBE

Please contact us if you are interested in joining Powhatan ARES

We hold a team training meeting on the second Saturday of odd months from 9-10:30. The meeting location varies based on the training for that month.

The next ARES meeting will be on January 13th from 9-10:30AM at the Powhatan County Library Large Conference Room.

Powhatan ARES holds a weekly net on the 147.315 (74.4) repeater on Tuesday nights at 8pm local except for the 3rd Tuesday of the month which is the monthly club meeting. 

The purpose of this net is for training and announcements for the amateur radio community, with the emphasis on emergency communication. We ask that all participating stations follow standard net procedures that would be used during an active Emergency Net. There is NO requirement to be an ARES member.  All amateurs who are within range of this repeater,regardless of location, affiliation, 

with proper license class, are invited & encouraged toparticipate in this net.

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