Kendall Amateur Radio Society


 Community Activities & Emergency Communications          

Amateur Radio Organizations and Licensed Volunteers serve their communities by providing public service and emergency communication when and where needed during times of disaster or public need.  Amateur Radio has always provided a Public Service need when and where called upon.  Through programs such as ARES (Amateur Radio Emergency Service) and RACES (Amateur Radio Civil Emergency Service) operators work closely with Public Safety Officials to provide a communication need that their organizations cannot fill.

See our Incident Radio Communications Plan for interoperability with local assets.  All frequencies are open to the general amateur radio community except channels 3, 4 and 5.  These are marked as emergency and would be activated if needed at the time of the emergency.  Each operator would need specific permission to use these channels.  This would be provided by the KARS Emergency Coordinator if/when necessary.

ARES is an organized group of amateur radio operators that can help out during an emergency with communication to any other amateur radio station in order to provide information vital to the overall operation of the emergency.  The ARES groups are divided up into regions and sections.  Be sure to look up what area you are in, identify the leadership for your area, and get involved in the training provided by that group.  For more information see

RACES is a group of amateur radio operators authorized by the FCC to handle emergency communications on special frequencies as defined in 47 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Section 97 subsection 407.  RACES Organizations are licensed and controlled by the FCC.  Special training is required to be a RACES member. Look for the nearest Civil Defense Agency in your area.  For more information see

Many local jurisdictions have groups of amateur radio operators that can be activated during an emergency with predesigned duties to assist Public Safety with their mission.  Check with your local amateur radio clubs for such groups. CERT (Citizens Emergency Response Teams) is one such group.  For more information see


Beorne, TX, 2018 Berges Fest Parade

KARS was asked to provide communications along the Berges Fest Parade route.  Berges Fest is Boerne's annual celebration of the town's German heritage.  Members accompanied a Boerne Police Officer and other city officials at key locations along the route.  Shown from left to right, Rod Vorndam, K9ROD, Kendall Country Emergency Coordinator.  Next and in the jail cell, Darth Vader,  Tom Allred Jr. and Tom Allred, a prominent Boerne broadcaster along with KARS President David Moore, N7RF..  Final shot, Rodney with John Wildenthal, KG5PHX, and Marsh Pronneke, WA5UBO at the far right.

No matter where your interest lies, your radio operating ability, your physical limitations, or you desire to help, seek out an organization in your area and get involved.  You will not only find it very rewarding, but you will help provide a service that in needed for Public Safety to accomplish their mission.  For more information see

Note:  In an emergency, seconds can sometimes make a life-saving difference. Make sure your 9-1-1 address numbers are posted on your house or business and are easy to see from the road. A well marked location is much easier for firefighters, medical personnel and law enforcement officers to find you when you need help.  9-1-1 blue reflective address signs are available for you to purchase. The fee for the signs are $15.00 for a single sided sign & $20.00 for a double sided sign. Just click here: ( the form and send in with the fee. Someone from our office will contact you when the sign is ready to be picked up. If you would like your 9-1-1 address sign mailed to you just add $5.20 to the fee for postage.  For 9-1-1 Rural Addressing & Permits contact: Elsa at 830-331-8253