Welcome to the Gwinnett County Georgia Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) Web Site. The Web Site is a work in progress as we seek to provide Gwinnett ARES with information needed to provide ARES® services to Supported Agencies within Gwinnett County. If you have any suggestions for improving this site, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hal Collier, W4IGE – Emergency Coordinator
A primary responsibility of the Amateur Radio Service, as established by Part 97 of the Federal Communications Commission’s regulations, is the performance of public service communications for the general public, particularly in times of emergency when normal communications are not available. To that end, the Gwinnett County Georgia Amateur Radio Emergency Service members, under the oversight of the American Radio Relay League, will equip themselves and train to provide communications as a direct service to the general public through government and relief agencies of Gwinnett County Georgia, the State of Georgia, and Federal Agencies when requested by those agencies.
“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 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.” — ARRL Public Service Communications Manual