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Wilkes County A.R.E.S / AUXCOMM

Wilkes County Amateur Radio Emergency Service / Auxillary Communications

ARES Logo W157xH150Purpose of ARES®

Amateur Radio Emergency Service, which has developed since 1935, is a part of the American Radio Relay League (ARRL) Field Organization.

Part 97 of the FCC's RULES and REGULATION, which covers the Amateur Radio Service ,states under "Basis and Purpose" in 97.1 (a) that: "Recognition and enhancement of the value of the amateur service to the public as a voluntary non-commercial communication service, particularly with respect to providing emergency communications."

Amateurs have been involved with Public-service communications, emergency communications, since 1913. In the early days the involvement was unprepared and without any coordination. As stated in the PUBLIC SERVICE COMMUNICATIONS MANUAL, published by the ARRL, "As time progressed, the need for and value of organization became evident, resulting in the establishment of organized trunk lines and net systems; later the Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) and the National Traffic System (NTS) were formed to complete the organization."

Today, "The 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 the 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".

auxcomm logoPurpose of AUXCOMM

AUXCOMM (Auxillary Communications), is a uniformly trained and credentialed unit of communication volunteers available for disaster response that would materially assist emergency preparedness and disaster response efforts across the state.  While maintaining their traditional roles as Amateur Radio operators, many of these volunteers assist with the establishment and maintenance of communication facilities, assist with programming public safety radios during emergencies, and act as radio operators on public safety channels.

“AUXComm” is an umbrella term and acronym for “Auxiliary Communications.” It was developed by the OEC in 2009 with the assistance of amateur radio subject matter experts. The concept behind the acronym was to educate as many amateur radio entities to work and train with public safety personnel, understand the value of the National Incident Management System (NIMS) Incident Command System (ICS) concept and the role of the communications unit leader (COML). AUXComm, although not an official national ICS position as of yet, is most often identified as a Technical Specialist (THSP) in the Communications Unit of the NIMS ICS structure. North Carolina has endorsed AUXComm as an official position within their state NIMS/ICS structure.


I am involved with multiple ARES / AUXCOMM groups in our area, I am the Emergency Coordinator for our Wilkes County ARES group and the AUXCOMM Coordinator for Wilkes County. I coordinate ARES / AUXCOMM assistance for our Wilkes County Emergency Management team and to our neighboring counties ARES / AUXCOMM groups when extra help is requested; I was previously assisting our neighboring Surry County ARES group as their Training Officer.  Being active in ARES / AUXCOMM allows me to take my hobby and use it as a skill to assist in times of crisis or disaster, plus it opens up my knowledge to many other aspects of Amateur Radio that I may not have explored otherwise.  It also provides me the mindset and capability to "Be Ready" so that I can better provide for myself and my loved ones during times of severe weather, disaster or other life complications.  Are YOU ready?

Wilkes County ARES / AUXCOMM Cache Radio Frequency List

Channel NumberFrequencyChannel Name
1464.5000Brown Dot
2464.5500Yellow Dot
3467.8500Silver Star
4467.8750Gold Star
5467.9000Red Star
6462.5750FRS 16/GMRS - White Dot
7467.9250Blue Star
8462.6250FRS 18/GMRS - Black Dot
9467.7625J Dot
10462.6750FRS 20/GMRS - Orange Dot
11467.8125K Dot
12446.1000S4 (Amateur Radio Only)
13446.0750S3 (Amateur Radio Only)
14446.0500S2 (Amateur Radio Only)
15446.0250S1 (Amateur Radio Only)
16446.0000Call (Amateur Radio Only)


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