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):
Roy Terwilliger W4LLZ
AEC: (Assistant Emergency Coordinator):
Mickey Chamberlain KI4QDI
Secretary / Treasurer
Richard Robbins W7AM
Technical Team leader:
Event and Social Coordinator:
Ed Midkiff WA4PBA
Website Administrator:
Brian D. Lisle AB1JU
Training Coordinator
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.


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