The Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) and the Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service (RACES) consist of licensed amateur radio operators who volunteer for communications duty. ARES is managed by the American Radio Relay League (ARRL). RACES is managed by the Ulster County Department of Emergency Management.
To become an amateur radio operator, you must first earn a Technician Class license by passing a multiple choice question exam. OMARC offers classroom courses to help you prepare for the exam. Through lectures, demonstrations, and discussions, our courses will help you develop knowledge and skills that will get you through the exam and into the excitement of amateur radio. You can upgrade your license privileges by passing additional exams for the General class and Amateur Extra class licenses. OMARC licensing classes and exams are scheduled in advance. See our Calendar for upcoming sessions. Or find a nearby exam from other clubs in the ARRL exam session database.
OMARC members also offer coaching and practical help as you choose your new equipment, set up your station, and explore the many new technologies and practices that await you as an amateur radio operator.