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What Is ARES®

The Amateur Radio Emergency Service® is a nationwide organization that consists of licensed amateurs who have voluntarily registered their qualifications and equipment for communications duty in the public service when disaster strikes. The organization is divided into sections, districts and counties.

About Us

One of the key functions of the Amateur Radio Emergency Service®, Inc. is to assist in message handling for the benefit of disaster victims. ARES® has assisted thousands in disaster affected areas get messages  to loved ones to let them know that they are safe when other methods of communication are inoperable, overloaded or inaccessible.

We assist governmental and non-governmental agencies with their communications when emergencies exist and normal communications are compromised or insufficient. We also assist the community by providing communication services during public events.

Montgomery County Amateur Radio Emergency Service®, Inc. is incorporated as a 501(c)(3) charitable organization in the State of Ohio.

Our organization call sign is K8MCA. This call sign is used by our net control stations in both emergency and public service events.


The mission of the Montgomery County Amateur Radio Emergency Service®, Inc. is to provide reliable and alternate communications to our served agencies in times of emergency, disaster, or national crisis. This is accomplished through the training of ARES® volunteers in communication procedures, national operational procedures as required by FEMA (ICS, NIMS) and the development of the technical skills necessary to complete their communication missions under a variety of situations including adverse communication conditions.


ARES Community meetings are held on the last Tuesday of February, April, June, August and October at 7:00 PM at the Dayton Red Cross Building located at 370 W. First Street in downtown Dayton. All amateur radio operators are welcome.


We own and/or maintain three repeaters that are open to all amateur radio operators. These repeaters are used to conduct weekly training and traffic handling nets. They are also used  to support communications for public service events and for Dayton Skywarn when storm spotters have been activated by the National Weather Service. A double-beep courtesy tone indicates that a Skywarn Net is in progress and all other radio traffic should be moved to another frequency. Please see our Net Information page for more details.