Join Us

- AMATEUR RADIO EMERGENCY SERVICE (ARES) is a volunteer organization. There are no dues or membership fees associated with being part of ARES. The only qualification, other than possession of an Amateur Radio license, is a sincere desire to serve.

- To join ARES, please fill out an ARES membership form HERE and email it to Terry Buzzard ka8tnf at

- Terry will forward your information to your local County, City, or Town Emergency Coordinator (EC).

- If you want to help in an emergency situation where VA ARES is involved, please let us know how you can help by completing this form which lets us know your training and equipment availability. Email the completed form to Terry Buzzard ka8tnf at

- The Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) is an entity of and operates under the auspices of the American Radio Relay League (ARRL). You are not required to exclude yourself or resign from membership in other emergency communication (emcomm) programs or activities because of your involvement in ARES. 

- The actual intent and spirit of ARES is meant to foster cooperative assistance and training with any formal or informal program or activity that assists or directly serves the common good in the community, county, state (AuxComm), federal entity (FEMA, MARS, etc.), or Volunteer Organization (ARC, SATERN, etc.).  This cooperation with other EmComm entities is well documented on the ARRL web site.


Virginia ARES has two Section-wide meetings annually, usually in February and April. Notice of the meetings will be placed on this website and announcements made via the Virginia ARES reflector and Section-wide nets.