In order to facilitate regional communication between RCCC Affiliated Programs and CERT teams in 5 counties where RCCC Affiliated Programs regularly operate, the RCCC made a well thought out decision to move forward with a project to form an ARES affiliated group. This competency will provide a vast resource for RCCC affiliated programs that will greatly expand our current capabilities and partnerships on a regional level. This is a strategic move for the RCCC and part of a larger Communications Committee project.
The Rowlett 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.