Surry County A.R.E.S.

Amateur Radio Emergency Service

Welcome to the Surry County A.R.E.S. website

Amateur Radio Emergency Service, which has developed since 1935, is a part of the American Radio Relay League (ARRL) Field Organization.

Part 97 of the FCC's RULES and REGULATION, which covers the Amateur Radio Service ,states under "Basis and Purpose" in 97.1 (a) that: "Recognition and enhancement of the value of the amateur service to the public as a voluntary non-commercial communication service, particularly with respect to providing emergency communications."

Amateurs have been involved with Public-service communications, emergency communications, since 1913. In the early days the involvement was unprepared and without any coordination. As stated in the PUBLIC SERVICE COMMUNICATIONS MANUAL, published by the ARRL, "As time progressed, the need for and value of organization became evident, resulting in the establishment of organized trunk lines and net systems; later the Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) and the National Traffic System (NTS) were formed to complete the organization."

Today, "The Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) consists of licensed amateurs who have voluntarily registered their qualifications and equipment 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 for membership in the ARES. The only qualification, other than the possession of an Amateur Radio license, is a sincere desire to serve. Because ARES is an amateur service, only amateurs are eligible for membership. The possession of emergency-powered equipment is desirable, but is not a requirement for membership".



Surry County ARES Leadership


EC: (Emergency Coordinator):
 Glenn Lamb KM4PKM
AEC: (Assistant Emergency Coordinator):
Mickey Chamberlain KI4QDI
Secretary / Treasurer:
Technical Team leader:
Jimmy Holbrook KB4GKI
Website Adminstrator:
Brian D. Lisle AB1JU


To contact anyone from our leadership, please use our Contact Us form and your information will be routed to the correct person.


Come join us at the Monthly ARES Meeting and Training Session each 4th Thursday night at 6:30 pm at the Emergency Operations Center located in Dobson (see our Events Calendar) or every Sunday Night at 7pm on the 145.330 (-) T:77 Repeater located on Fancy Gap Mountain.

Our ARES Group Specializes in:

Winlink Global Radio Email System

NBEMS (Narrow Band Emergency Messaging System)

  • More about NBEMS can be found here: NBEMS

MESH Broadband Networking for Ham Radio

  • More about MESH can be found here: MESH




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