ARES – Amateur Radio Emergency Service

The Amateur Radio Emergency Service© (ARES) consists of licensed amateurs who have voluntarily registered their qualifications and equipment, with their local ARES leadership, for communications duty in the public service when disaster strikes.

ARES Membership

Every licensed amateur is eligible to apply for membership in ARES. Training may be required or desired to participate fully. Please contact Steve Bird KE7KHE of Nye County Emergency Services in Pahrump by email at or phone him at (775) 513-8632 for more information. Because ARES is an Amateur Radio program, only licensed radio amateurs are eligible for membership. The possession of emergency-powered equipment is desirable, but is not a requirement for membership. Registration Form.



Extra-curricular Activities

Besides serving during disasters, ARES volunteers are used in numerous community events such as off–road races, marathons, fairs and other events where radio communications are needed. Every year the Baker to Vegas Challenge Cup Relay, 120 miles of pavement, 20 stages, over 8,000 runners, guests, family members, and support staff, is manned by ARES volunteers who handle all the communications for race officials.