Whatcom County ARES

Membership open to all licensed amateur radio operators


Whatcom County ARES

see also Whatcom Emergency Communications Group

Fiel Day was a big success!


A BIG Thank You to Puget Sound Energy.


In 2015 Whatcom Emergency Communication Group (WECG) applied for and in 2016 received a grant from PSE to create 2 HF radio kits designed for portable use in out-of-county communications during an emergency.  The equipment was purchased and assembled in May and June while the club was preparing for participation in a large emergency exercise that energized emergency response organizations in Oregon, Washington and British Columbia.  The Cascadia Rising exercise, which involved FEMA, the military, and amateur radio as well as local emergency organizations, practiced local response to an extreme emergency with large scale infrastructure damage and communications failure such as might occur during a severe earthquake and tsunami along the Cascadia Subduction Zone.

WECG members Doug Salkeld, Don Boyer and Kerry Carlson work on PSE grant kit assembly

The club will demonstrate the use of a completed unit at its 2016 Field Day event on the weekend of June 25-26.


Cascadia Rising is open to all Amateur radio operators.  The event is June 7-10, 2016.  The planning document and the frequency list are online.

Whatcom County ARES (Amateur Radio Emergency Service) is an organization of the ARRL (American Radio Relay League) that is open to all licensed amateur radio operators.

All members have the opportunity to be trained and to attend trainings sponsored by any of our various amateur radio organizations in Whatcom County.

ARES does not manage any of these organizations and does not direct the activities of any of these organizations.  ARES is here to serve those organizations and the agencies served by those agencies with amateur radio operators who have been trained to respond to emergencies -- communications or otherwise.

Cooperating groups include:

Blaine Auxiliary Communications Service
Mount Baker Amateur Radio Club
Sudden Valley Radio Amateurs 
Whatcom Auxiliary Communications Service
Whatcom Emergency Communications Group 

Join all of us in Whatcom County as we train to serve our community.  Application for ARES membership is here.

You may also have to pass training requirements for each group for which you would like to volunteer as well as a background check.  We encourage you to choose a group to affiliate with along with your ARES membership.