Welcome to the Verde Valley Amateur Radio Association
Amateur Radio Public Service
Amateur Radio operators play a vital role in emergency and disaster operations, providing vital communications
for the organizations they support. There are three basic groups of Amateur Radio operators that provide
these emergency and disaster communications services. They are RACES, ARES, and Independents. For additional information
relative to RACES & ARES in the Yavapai County area, visit the RACES/ARES web site for general,
as well as specific, information .
An acronym for Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service. RACES organizations are restricted to
serving local, state, and federal government emergency management agencies. RACES is sponsored by
local and state civil defense organizations and supported by the Federal Emergency Management Administration
(FEMA), operating as a separate service within the FCC's Part 97 rules. RACES is intended to provide
government communications for civil defense porposes only, during periods of local, regional, or national
civil emergencies. RACES operation is strictly limited to official civil defense activities in an emergency
communications situation, and is staffed by volunteer Amateur Radio operators from all walks of life.
ARES is An acronym for Amateur Radio Emergency Service. ARES consists of volunteer Amateur Radio operators
that provide communications for public service of all kinds, not just emergency communications.
ARES volunteers work with both government and non-government organizations, but the bulk of their efforts are
for the non-governmental relief organizations, such as The American Red Cross.
There are also independent organizations which utilize volunteer Amateur Radio operators for the successful
completion of their mission during emergency or disaster operations. One of those organizations is The Salvation Army.
This website is hosted and maintained by the Verde Valley Amateur Radio Association (VVARA). This website provides information and links relating to amateur radio, club activities, severe weather and emergency preparedness. VVARA makes no warranties or representations, either express or implied, with respect to the accuracy or completeness of the contents of this website. Information may be changed or updated without notice and may contain technical inaccuracies or typographical errors. VVARA shall not be liable for damages of any kind arising out of or in connection with the use of these websites.