Amateur Radio Emergency Service



The Amateur Radio Emercency Service®(ARES) consists of licensed amateurs who have voluntarily registered their qualifications and equipment with their local ARES leadership, 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 to apply for membership in ARES. Training may be required or desired to participate fully in ARES. Please inquire at the local level for specific information. Because ARES is an Amateur Radio program, only licensed radio amateurs are eligible for membership. The possession of emergency-powered equipment is desirable, but is not a requirement for membership.




Local ARES Leadership

Polk County

Emergency Coordinator
Jeff Matson - KDØBTT
525 12th St NW
East Grand Forks, MN 56721
(218)230-9070

Grand Forks County

Emergency Coordinator
Mark Koponen - KF4ME
1312 Noble Cove
Grand Forks,ND 58201
(701)213-7543