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Agency - YARES - Yellowstone Amateur Radio Emergency Service September is National Preparedness Month

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YARES - Yellowstone Amateur Radio Emergency Service
Last updated on October 11, 2016


The Yellowstone Amateur Radio Emergency Service provides free emergency communications to the general public and select served agencies in Yellowstone County. These services are usually provided during times of man-made or natural disruption in the normal communications systems. To keep trained and prepared to deliver those communication services, we volunteer to provide health and safety communications for dozens of runs, marathons, cycling races, and other events that can benefit from our services.

YARES uses exclusive, non-commercial radio channels in the Amateur Radio Service for communications. The use of these frequencies requires an FCC license, which can be obtained locally. Training for the exam, and the actual exam itself, is provided every odd month of the year in Billings. The class is free; the cost of the FCC exam is $15. YARES can help volunteers obtain their FCC license, and also provide training classes in proper use of a 2-way radio - among other trainings available.

Our sponsoring local club, the Yellowstone Radio Club has been in continuous existence in Billings since 1956. The club has about 60 paid members currently, and the YARES group (which focuses on the emergency communications aspect of Amateur Radio) has about 25 active members to draw upon. The YRC is a 501c-3 tax exempt organization, and donates are welcome.

Contact people:

 Ron Glass, Volunteer Coordinator, (phone), (email)
Charlie Hanson, (phone), (email)


 P.O. Box 883
Billings, MT 59103

Web Site: http://www.k7efa.net
Last updated on October 11, 2016

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