The Benton County, MO Amateur Radio Emergency Service (BC ARES) is an organization of volunteer amateur radio operators dedicated to serving Benton County and the west-central Missouri area, also known as District A, with emergency and public service communications. BC ARES is affiliated with the Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) of the American Radio Relay League (ARRL).

The Benton County, MO ARES Emergency Coordinator (EC) is responsible for directing the efforts of the organization and maintaining relationships with our served agencies.

Pictured above: Michael Schley-KBØLW, Samantha Henley-KEØLMY, Rick Harkins-WØYGH, former AEC of the BC ARES, and Richard Wade-KDØCNC, former EC of the BC ARES.

    • Samantha Henley (KEØLMY)  Benton County, MO ARES Emergency Coordinator

View EC Blog here.

Assistant Emergency Coordinators (AEC) are appointed by the EC to coordinate sub-organizations within the BC ARES.

    Pending application approval through the Section Emergency Coordinator, this is your new BC ARES infrastructure so far:

    Reserve AECs

  • Marvin Behnke  (KDØMLB)  Assistant EC – Warsaw
  • Michael Schley (KBØLW)    Assistant EC – Clinton

What Is Amateur Radio Emergency Service® (ARES)?

The Amateur Radio Emergency Service® (ARES) consists of licensed amateurs who have voluntarily registered their qualifications and equipment, with their local ARES leadership, for communications duty in the public service when disaster strikes.

ARES Membership Requirements

Every licensed amateur regardless of membership in ARRL or any other local or national organization is eligible to apply for membership in ARES.  Training is required to participate fully in ARES, including FEMA Independent Study Courses 100, 700, and 800.  Benton County, MO ARES can help you complete these courses.  Because ARES is an Amateur Radio program, only licensed radio amateurs are eligible for membership. The possession of emergency-powered equipment is desirable but is not a requirement for membership.

Our Welcome Packet for new members (Thanks for the idea Terry LaMaack, N0LAM!):

Some of our ARES members at the December 2017 BC ARES meeting:

Front Row (l-r)-KE0LMY, W0YQG, KE0LMZ, and KD0AFJ
Middle Row (l-r)-KE0EJZ, W5RNX, KD0AFI, KY0O, and KR0UT
Back Row (l-r)-WA5ICX, W9LBG, N0PCT, KA0DXU, and W0YGH