Who We Are


NC4HC is the amateur radio callsign assigned by the Federal Communications Commission to the Henderson County Amateur Radio Emergency Radio Service (ARES) organization.


Henderson County ARES is a group of volunteers with a mutual interest in providing communications services to our county and towns in emergency situations.


It is at the local level where most of the real emergency organizing gets accomplished, because this is the level at which most emergencies occur and the level at which ARES leaders make direct contact with the ARES member-volunteers and with officials of the agencies to be served.


The usefulness of the communications service we provide is recognized by the American Red Cross and North Carolina and Local Emergency Management who include us in their disaster plans. We also cooperate with other Emergency organizations in Henderson and surrounding counties.


We continuously strive to improve our capabilities. Individual members are responsible for providing their own equipment. Through the group, we train so that we can provide a useful service. We hold meetings, both face-to-face and on the air, during which we conduct readiness training. We also participate in exercises and public service events during which we practice our communications procedures to refine our skills.


For information about our meetings, see Where To Join Us page. For our events, refer to the Events page.