D.A.R.E.S. – Disaster Amateur Radio Emergency Services is a registered voluntary, non-profit, non-revenue generating NGO- society formed by a group of Ham Radio Operators from Mumbai.
“Amateur Radio or Ham Radio is a group of electronics and radio communication enthusiasts who voluntarily come forward to provide Emergency Wireless Communications in times of Disaster. There are various amateur radio clubs in the city, state and the country engaged in conducting various ham radio related activities throughout the year, however there was no single Ham Radio club or a body in our state of Maharashtra, dedicated for Disaster Communications that could be called upon in times of Disaster.
A few Hams come up individually to offer their voluntary services during disasters, however lack of a organized approach without a leadership and lack of coordination between the groups of hams, puts certain limitations on how much they can help and uncertainty of availability of their services at the time of disaster because there was no one point committed contact system exists.
Disaster Amateur Radio Emergency Services, ( D.A.R.E.S) was establish with a sole purpose and mission of providing Emergency Wireless Communication in times of Disasters. D.A.R.E.S. has enrolled various individual hams and (plans to tie up with) various clubs that are interested in disaster communications, now bringing everyone under a single roof, thus making it simple for the State / National Government authorities to communicate and coordinate with a single organization i.e. D.A.R.E.S. All the Commanding Officers & Communication Officers of D.A.R.E.S. are HAMS possessing a valid ham radio license issued by the Wireless Planning Committee of the Ministry of Communications & IT, Govt of India. Hams have been allotted a separate and exclusive frequency band in the HF, VHF & UHF for Ham Radio Communications by the Ministry of Communications & IT, Govt of India.
Disaster Amateur Radio Emergency services was established delicately to serve the Nation & State for providing Emergency Wireless Communications in times of Disaster when all the modes of communication fail.
D.A.R.E.S. has team of Trained Ham Radio Experts or communication officers to provide communication link during disasters.
D.A.R.E.S. has recently, helped vital govt agencies like Relief & Rehabilitation department of Govt of Maharashtra , the M.C.G.M. & the Mumbai Police during disasters and even been on stanby to set up broken communication links. D.A.R.E.S. members also includes hams, who have then helped and served by setting up important communication links during disaster like the Mumbai Rain Floods, the Train Blasts, Bhuj Earthquake, Latur Earthquake etc in their individual capacities.
The core purpose & vision of D.A.R.E.S. is to Serve the Nation & mankind by providing vital wireless communication during a disaster and saving lives…”