ARRL East Bay Section


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The Amateur Radio Emergency Service® (ARES®), a nationwide program of the ARRL, consists of licensed Amateur Radio operators who have voluntarily registered their qualifications and equipment, with their local ARES leadership, for volunteer communications duty in the public service when disaster strikes.

Every licensed radio amateur, regardless of membership in ARRL or any other local or national organization, is eligible to apply for membership in ARES. Because ARES is an Amateur Radio program, only licensed radio amateurs are eligible to apply. The possession of emergency-powered equipment is desirable but not a requirement.

The ARES Program in the ARRL East Bay Section

The ARRL East Bay Section comprises California’s Alameda, Contra Costa, Napa, and Solano Counties.


ARRL East Bay Section ARES®, the Amateur Radio Emergency Service unit of the ARRL East Bay Section, supplies volunteer communications services to its served agencies in support of their public-service responses to critical incidents.

Please see our Mission page for more information.


ARRL East Bay Section ARES (“EB-ARES”) members are licensed by the FCC in the Amateur Radio Service and serve in EB-ARES as volunteers. If you are a licensed radio amateur who lives here in the ARRL East Bay Section or who spends a large amount of time here, and you would like to register your qualifications and equipment for communications duty in the public service in this ARRL section when disaster strikes, we encourage you to apply for membership in EB-ARES. ARES is not limited to the memberships of one or more local clubs, groups, or programs. ARES coexists and cooperates with other Amateur Radio emergency-communications programs and organizations, and members of each are encouraged to join the others and meet their requirements. Please see our Membership page for more information.

Served Agencies

Served agencies of EB-ARES are entities that serve the public during critical incidents and that the ARRL or EB-ARES have agreed in writing to support with volunteer communications services at such times. Served agencies may be government, non-government, for-profit, or not-for-profit entities. The ARRL has many served agencies at the national level, and those relationships extend to each section, including the ARRL East Bay Section. EB-ARES is open to serving other agencies that operate within its geographical area, including both government and non-government entities. ARES services are provided at no charge to served agencies. Please see our Served Agencies page for more information.


ARES, a nationwide program of the ARRL, is managed in each ARRL section by the Section Manager, an elected ARRL official. As in all other ARRL sections, the Section Manager of ARRL East Bay Section appoints members of the ARRL as EB-ARES managers, including a Section Emergency Coordinator and a number of Emergency Coordinators. The Section Manager may also appoint other ARES managers and assistants. Together these managers coordinate activities in the section’s communities designed to ensure that EB-ARES fulfills its mission. Please see our Leadership page for more information.

From the Section Emergency Coordinator

I welcome your interest in ARRL East Bay Section ARES.

If you have questions or comments, please contact me or the Section Manager as shown on the ARRL East Bay Section’s Contact page.

John Rabold KS6M
Section Emergency Coordinator, ARRL East Bay Section
April 2013