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Welcome to Durham County ARES

THIS IS A WORK IN PROGRESS (NOTICE: Since the passing of Randy, K4XRM, this web site is mostly "on hold" until new leadership is appointed. Lowell, KK4PH, has taken a leadership role and several meeting have been held.  There has been a focus on upgrading the ham radio facilities at the Durham EOC with generous support from the EOC and much time from Jim, NN4JW.)

The Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES - pronounced “air-ease”) and Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service (RACES) are non-profit associations of trained and licensed Amateur Radio operators who volunteer their time and equipment to assist served agencies when critical communications system failures put the public at risk. In North Carolina, ARES is organized into three branches of five districts for a total of fifteen districts. Durham County ARES is a combined ARES/RACES group located within the tenth district (shown in pink on the map)  under the central branch.

NC ARES District Map

Durham ARES serves the residents of Durham County through the coordination and direction of the North Carolina ARES/RACES Organization and the county’s Department of Emergency Management. ARES helps support the Red Cross, Salvation Army, and National Weather Service with communications related tasks and operations. During RACES activation, the FCC can impose restrictions on Amateur Radio operations. In these instances, only the Department of Emergency Management can request ARES/RACES activation.

Every licensed amateur, regardless of membership in ARRL or any other local or national organization, is eligible for membership in the ARES/RACES. The only qualification, other than 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.

Durham ARES is a Special Interest Group (SIG) of the Durham FM Association (DFMA). All Durham ARES/RACES members are encouraged to join the DFMA. Your DMFA membership helps fund the Mobile Communications Unit (MCU), repeaters, and other equipment used during emergency operations.

For more information about our organization please feel free to contact our leadership, or join our weekly net held each Thursday evening at 8:00 PM on the 145.450 MHz repeater (positive offset, no CTCSS tone).