Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES)

This is the ┬ásite for Androscoggin’s ARES / RACES organization. Here you will find information about the group, downloads supporting amateur radio programs, applications, and radio configurations, as well as how to get licensed and join the group.

We provide emergency communications for Androscoggin county in the event that commercial communications should be disabled or no longer operate as intended. Our training as communicators gives us the ability to pass and relay messages locally or across the country or around the globe. We also provide emergency support communications for non-profit special events under specific guidelines.


Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service (RACES)ARES and RACES designate the type of activities we operate under. We all belong to both groups and only switch designation based on the type of operation we are participating in.

Amateur Radio Emergency Service, or ARES, is used when we are providing communications in support of public events such as the MS Walk, The Dempsey Challenge, or Beach to Beacon.

Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service, or RACES, is what we operate under when called out by a government agency. This service provides specific frequencies for our use as well as limiting operation to only those registered as members of RACES.