Membership Information

Indiana Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) District 1 (D1) is not a club and there are no dues to pay, but rather an organizational structure that exists to coordinate, train and retain like-minded people (“members” and “affiliates”) who volunteer and cooperate with each other to provide modern, interoperable, and resilient contingency, emergency, and supplemental (auxiliary) communications; real-time severe weather observation data; ground-truth intelligence; and serve as “force multipliers” for eligible governmental and non-governmental organizations during emergency incident response and short-term recovery periods, exercises, severe weather and special (public service) events.

ARES D1 makes it simple to become and remain a member or affiliate. No huge demands, financially or timewise. It is a volunteer effort. 

Although not a club in the legal/technical sense, ARES D1 offers many of the same benefits of belonging to a club. They include:

  • The sense of belonging and fellowship with one another.

  • The ability to make new friends and maintain relationships with others.

  • Being able to learn new things, keeping up with technology, keep the mind engaged, potentially delaying the onset of dementia or other mental impairment, experiment with new methods that have potential for contingency, emergency, or supplemental communications, or otherwise support the ARES D1 mission.

  • Having an organizational structure to help guide and support you when or as you desire, and more.

ARES D1 embraces the concepts of reasonable accommodation and the supports inclusion of all people of legal age (or with parental/guardian consent), who are able to perform the duties required to meet its mission from a fixed, mobile or portable (field) location.  

ARES D1 does not discriminate based on citizenship, national origin, race, sex, age, religion, disability, sexual orientation, veteran status or political affiliation, any other protected class or factor stipulated by law.

Membership in ARES D1 is open to all Ham radio operators of good repute, with a genuine interest and ability in providing emergency communications; and/or real-time severe weather observation data; ground-truth intelligence; and/or serve as “force multipliers” for served agencies. Non-Ham radio operators of good repute with a genuine interest and ability to partner with ARES D1 to meet its mission may affiliate with ARES D1 in furtherance of its mission and goals. There is no annual cost to be an ARES D1 member.

Potential volunteers (Ham or non-Ham) without emergency communications assets (i.e., radio, antenna, or ancillary equipment) may also volunteer with ARES D1. Said volunteers serve valuable roles performing other duties, including providing real-time severe weather observation data; ground-truth intelligence; and/or serving as “force multipliers.” They provide whatever skills they may have (e.g., Information Technology, Emergency Medical, Leadership, Administration, etc.). They also receive “on-the-job” training and experience helping to setup, operate and take down fixed, mobile and portable communications stations (as applicable), while enjoying the fellowship and contributing to ARES D1’s mission. They are highly encouraged to participate whenever possible.  

Volunteering with ARES D1, taking advantage of its training, experience, personal networking, and leadership opportunities, can lead to employment opportunities. Many ARES members nationwide, and some ARES D1 volunteers have in fact, expanded their volunteer work, training, experience, personal networking, and leadership to add paid career positions in Emergency Communications, Emergency Management, Information Technology, and other career fields.  

To Join - Please download and complete the Registration Form on the right, then Email it to :

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