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"The Amateur Radio Emergency 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." — American Radio Relay League (ARRL)

Get Licensed

To join SARES, you must be a licensed amateur radio operator.

Getting licensed involves passing an examination covering technical and regulatory topics. Several local organizations offer in-person exam preparation and testing. For self-study, the ARRL and other organizations publish study materials, for example, The ARRL Ham Radio License Manual.

If you prefer to do this online, is a good starting point. Numerous websites host online practice examms, for example, and Finally, you can download the exam question pools from the ARRL.

Start the Application Process

SARES meets on the air every Monday night at 19:30 (7:30pm). Please join the net and identify yourself as a prospective member.

Alternatively, email us at (info at k6sny dot org).

Membership Benefits

As SARES members are official City of Sunnyvale volunteers, a modest amount of paperwork is required for full membership. One benefit of full membership is eligibility for covereage by Disaster Service Worker insurance when particiapting in officially sanctioned incident responses, drills, and other events.