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Established in 1973 by the American Radio Relay League, Inc. (ARRL) as an independent and separate 501(c)(3) organization, the ARRL Foundation administers programs to support the Amateur Radio community.

Funded entirely by the generous contributions of radio amateurs and friends, ARRL Foundation programs for Amateur Radio award scholarships for higher education, award grants for Amateur Radio projects, and award special Amateur Radio program grants for The Victor C. Clark Youth Incentive Program and The Jesse A. Bieberman Meritorious Membership Program.

Governed by a nine member volunteer Board of Directors, the ARRL Foundation is devoted to providing valuable programs to serve the Amateur Radio community. The Board of Directors is nominated and elected by the ARRL Board of Directors, five of whom serve on the ARRL Board of Directors. The ARRL Foundation Officers are elected by the ARRL Foundation Board, and include a President, Vice President, Treasurer and Secretary.



An OES you ask? An Official Emergency Station is an amateur radio station that meets the criteria outlined by the ARRL and sets a high standard of emergency preparedness and operating. Basically, this is a person that has made a commitment to be the best he or she can be when it comes to being prepared for an emergency. An OES is appointed by the SEC or the Section Manager. For more details on the OES appointment, read the ARRL file on the subject, or contact your EC.


Over the past year I have visited many of you and presented a vision for the future of ARES® within our Section. Working in cooperation with, and at the behest of our Section Manager Jim Latham, the East Bay Section leadership has been focused on establishing a section-wide ARES focus that better leverages the talents, resources, training, and needs of our four-county area of responsibility.

As a result of the work that has occurred over the past year, I am excited to announce that the ARRL East Bay Section Leadership is adopting uniform training standards and credentialing requirements in cooperation with the ARRL San Francisco Section ARES Program. The purpose of this action is to enhance our public service mission by pursuing common training and credentials that may be utilized across section boundaries, and to establish the foundation for a robust and viable ARES Mutual Assistance Team (ARESMAT) capability should the need ever arise.

As provided by the ARRL, the only requirements for ARES membership continue to be a valid Amateur Radio license and a sincere desire to serve. However, there will now be two levels of East Bay Section ARES

membership: Full and Associate.

Those East Bay Section ARES members who have met specific training requirements will be designated Full ARES Members. Full ARES members will be issued photo ID cards free of charge by the Section Manager upon completion of all required training. The training requirements are;

  • IS-100 Introduction to the Incident Command System (ICS)
  • IS-200 ICS for Single Resources and Initial Action Incidents
  • IS-700 National Incident Management System (NIMS) An Introduction
  • EC-001 Introduction to Emergency Communications - Level 1/Basic

("IS" courses are offered on line at no charge in the FEMA Emergency Management Institute's Independent Study Program. "EC" courses are offered by the ARRL to ARRL members and non-members for a small fee.)

Full ARES Members will also be expected to complete any training that is required by ARES served agencies.

East Bay Section ARES members who have not yet met the specified training requirements will be designated Associate Members. Associate members will be issued the standard ARRL ARES ID (form FSD-224) by their ECs.

ARES members must have Full ARES Member status to qualify for ARES leadership appointments and must complete the following requirements within one year of their appointments. Current leadership appointees must attain Full ARES Member status and complete the following requirements by December 31, 2011.

Emergency Coordinator (EC) and Official Emergency Station (OES) appointees:

Full ARES Member requirements plus:

  • IS-800 National Response Framework, An Introduction
  • IS-802 Emergency Support Function (ESF) #2 Communications

and either of these two courses:

  • EC-002 Amateur Radio Emergency Communications Course Level II (see Note below)
  • EC-016 Public Service and Emergency Communications Management for Radio Amateurs

Assistant District Emergency Coordinators (ADEC) appointees and above:

Full ARES Member and EC/OES requirements plus either of these two courses:

  • EC-003 Amateur Radio Emergency Communications Course Level III (see Note below)
  • EC-016 Public Service and Emergency Communications Management for Radio Amateurs

Note: Courses EC-002 and EC-003 have been replaced by EC-016 and are no longer offered, but those members who completed them may use them to meet requirements.

I look forward to working with each and every one of you as we work to build our ARES program into a model for others across the country to emulate.


Herbert Cole; AI6AT

Section Emergency Coordinator

East Bay (Napa, Solano, Contra Costa, & Alameda Counties)


Founded in 1914 by Hiram Percy Maxim, the American Radio Relay League (ARRL) is the national association for Amateur Radio in the US. Today, with more than 160,000 members, ARRL is the largest organization of radio amateurs in the world. ARRL's mission is based on five pillars: Public Service, Advocacy, Education, Technology, and Membership.


ARRL’s Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) is the largest nationwide ham radio emcomm organization, organized by individual ARRL sections that may be as large as a state or as small as a few counties, depending on population.

ARES is managed by the ARRL Field Organization (a system of volunteer managers and technical resources) and works primarily with local public safety groups and nongovernmental agencies, such as local fire departments and the American Red Cross.

Local ARES leaders determine how best to organize the volunteers and interact with the agencies their groups serve. Training is arranged by the ARES teams and local organizations.

For complete information about ARES, check out the online Public Service Communications Manual.