Jefferson County Amateur Emergency Radio Service (JCARES)

Radio Amateurs in Action

JCARES is a group of FCC Licensed radio amateurs who provide communications support for local emergency and disaster relief operations when requested by county agencies, such as the Jefferson County Director of Emergency Management. JCARES also provides communications support for public civic events such as the Rhody Run, Jefferson County Fair, and the Kinetic Sculpture race. Teams within JCARES are on call for support operations with Jefferson Search and Rescue and are trained in the use of direction finding equipment used to find ELT or EPIRB location transmitters activated in downed aircraft.

JCARES welcomes those men and women who want to participate in this kind of public service. Membership requirements are:
  1. A current FCC Amateur Radio License;
  2. A current State of Washington Emergency Worker Identification Card
    (which is issued by the Jefferson County Administrator's Office); and
  3. A willingness to put in time when you least expect it!

Regular meeting:
Tri-Area Center in Chimacum, 2nd Friday of each month, at 10 AM.

For more information see:

Standing Instructions and Calendar
Jefferson County Emergency Plan
Shelters and other Resources
Areas of Specialization
Roster/Callout List

ARES/RACES and the American Radio Relay League
Washington State ARES/RACES
King County ARES/RACES
Mason County ARES/RACES

Jefferson County Amateur Radio Club
Port Ludlow Amateur Radio Club

Other Ham Links Reference

Forms and information for becoming an authorized Washington State Emergency Worker. These forms load VERY slowly.:

Emergency Operating Center(EOC) Technician Recruitment and Training
Emergency Worker Registration Form
Background Check Authorization
Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) Registration Form

Many JCARES training and emergency callouts are done jointly with Jefferson County Search and Rescue groups and some personnel are members of both.

JSAR Radio Procedures

WA_SAR Email List

FCC licensing exams are given at the Tri Area Center on the third Tuesday of the first month of each quarter. For information on the exams and how to prepare for them, call George (W7ROC) or Patti Fiedler (W7RNS) at 385-0025, or e-mail them at

For info on JCARES or updates to roster, contact Gary Fell (KD7MWL) at

Send comments on or updates for this WEB site to Robyn Walters (K7SR) at

This page last updated 13 September 2003