-- LOCATION CHANGE: The next ARES meeting is at SHARP SPECTRUM (8520 Tech Way, San Diego, CA 92123, in Kearny Mesa, near HRO) on Saturday, March 14, 2020 from 0800 to 1000.
-- All ARES members should print a copy of the updated ARES Comm Plan for 2020 to store in their car and/or home. The Comm Plan is in the Library section of this web site.
-- All ARES members should print a copy of the new ARES Task Book and start to work on it. The Task Book is available for download from the Library section of this web site and also from
-- If you have not yet (since 1/1/20) used your password to log into this web site, please do so to renew your ARES membership for another year.
-- The hands-on Communicator Gateway Workshop follows the ARES meeting from 1000 to 1200. To attend the Gateway Workshop, RSVP to .
-- Effective December 2019, replaced the old YahooGroup used by ARES to send announcements. ARES members should have migrated to the GROUPS.IO discussion board by now.

Welcome to the San Diego Section of ARES!

75th LogoThe Amateur Radio Emergency ServiceĀ® (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. It is sponsored by the American Radio Relay League (ARRL) in the United States and Radio Amateurs of Canada (RAC). The San Diego / Southwestern Section provides services to the San Diego and Imperial Counties of California.

Every licensed amateur, regardless of membership in ARRL or any other local or national organization, is eligible to apply for membership in ARES. Training and credentialing may be required to participate fully in ARES activities. Please inquire at the local level for specific informaton. Because ARES is an Amateur Radio service, only licensed radio amateurs are eligible for membership. The possession of emergency-powered equipment is desirable, but is not a requirement for membership. Emergency Coordinators do need to be a member of ARRL.

The primary function of SDGARES is to provide Emergency Communications for:

  1. Declared Emergencies
  2. Public Safety Incidents
  3. Served Agency Mutual Assistance (ARC, EMS, CDF, CERT, Beach Rescue)
  4. Public Safety Mutual Assistance (Miramar Air Show, Special Olympics)
  5. Public Safety Drills

San Diego ARES meets the 2nd Saturday of each month.

To join ARES:
  1.Click on the "Join ARES" link on the left navigation bar and fill out the Membership Application form.
  2. After you submit the Membership Application, visit to subscribe to the SDGARES email reflector.

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