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Welcome to the San Diego Section of ARES!

75th LogoThe 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. It is sponsored by the American Radio Relay League (ARRL) in the United States and Radio Amateurs of Canada (RAC). The San Diego / Southwestern Section provides services to the San Diego and Imperial Counties of California.

Every licensed amateur, regardless of membership in ARRL or any other local or national organization, is eligible to apply for membership in ARES. Training and credentialing may be required to participate fully in ARES activities. Please inquire at the local level for specific informaton. Because ARES is an Amateur Radio service, only licensed radio amateurs are eligible for membership. The possession of emergency-powered equipment is desirable, but is not a requirement for membership. Emergency Coordinators do need to be a member of ARRL.

The primary function of SDGARES is to provide Emergency Communications for:

  1. Declared Emergencies
  2. Public Safety Incidents
  3. Served Agency Mutual Assistance (ARC, EMS, CDF, CERT, Beach Rescue)
  4. Public Safety Mutual Assistance (Miramar Air Show, Special Olympics)
  5. Public Safety Drills

San Diego ARES meets the 2nd Saturday of each month at Scripps Memorial Hospital at 8:00AM - 9890 Genesee Ave, La Jolla, CA 92037. Get directions here. We use the underground parking in front of the hospital as well as the multilevel parking garage by the Ximed building (this is the parking structure to the left as you as facing the main hospital itself also on the same campus). You will want to do what needs to be done for vehicles that have antennas on them that may not be garage friendly.

We also have a Yahoo!Group with a mail reflector. Go to to request membership.

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