The Amateur Radio Emergency Service®
(ARES®) provides emergency communications
to "Served Agencies" such as fire and police departments, the American
Red Cross, the National Weather Service, hospitals, and others. Many
ARES® teams also provide communications for
public service events such as marathons, parades, bike riding events,
and boat races. Individual ARES® teams are
organized at the county level in Missouri. This is the Web site of the
ARES® team serving St. Louis City and County,
The Amateur Radio Emergency Service®
is a program of the American Radio Relay League. "ARES" and "Amateur Radio
Emergency Service" are registered marks of and are used on this Web site
by permission of the American Radio Relay League.
Emergency Communicator's Notebook
It was a bad experience, or was it?
It was a bad experience, everyone was shouting at each other, and you're glad that it's over. Now what do you do? You could get on Facebook and bad-mouth everyone who upset you. Or you might try reviewing what happened as if you were a disinterested observer. How much of the conflict was due to misunderstanding or miscommunication? If you hadn't been so stressed, could you have helped alleviate some of the problems? If you can learn something from the experience, then it wasn't a loss at all.
Planning Committee Meeting
* * new date * *
Saturday August 27, 2016
The next St. Louis Metro ARES Planning Committee meeting will take place at
Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital
and start at 9:00 AM. Everyone is welcome, you do not need to be
an ARES volunteer to attend.
Next ARES® Meeting
Monday September 12, 2016
** Please note **
** new location **
The next St. Louis Metro ARES meeting will take place at
Missouri Baptist Hospital
and start at 7:30 PM.
Meetings are held in Rooms 419 & 420 of the Clinical Learning Institute/Goldfarb School of Nursing. The Institute is located on the 4th floor of the main parking garage. Park in the garage structure and take the elevator to the 4th floor. Turn right out of the elevator and enter through the glass doors. If the guard is at the desk, inform him you are there for the ham radio meeting, otherwise continue straight past the reception desk and bathrooms. The meeting rooms are located directly in front of you.
Everyone is welcome, you do not need to be
an ARES volunteer to attend.
Simulated Emergency Test
Saturday October 1, 2016
This is St. Louis Metro ARES's big yearly exercise. It will
involved deployment, setting up multiple nets, and
passing traffic. Planning is still ongoing and you can
have an important role in the process. Moreover, we
still need people to take the lead in strategic locations.
As this will be a learning experience, we will be happy
to consider people who have never done anything like this
before. (Don't worry, help will be available.) if you would
like to help plan and/or execute this exercise, please contact
Steve Wooten at [email protected] or Bob Gale at [email protected].
Why do we keep asking for net controllers?
A very small group of operators generously donate their time to
run these nets. But people get sick, go on vacation, and have family
emergencies. We shuffle the remaining operators around as best we can,
but it would also be nice if there were a few more people out there
who could step in and say, "I can run the net tonight".
Even the most dedicated operators can get "burned out". I try to rotate
the schedule so that no one gets overwhelmed, but with so few
volunteers each operator's slot comes up more often than I would like.
The more people we have, the less often everyone has to take a turn.
Our nets are all about training. With the main net, we hope to get
participants used to brief, clear information exchanges. Our
practice message net is an opporutnity to listen to, and eventually
participate in formal message handling.
Both nets, however, are also a forum for anyone who wishes to gain
experience in running a net. Yes, that could be you! It's
entirely possible that you might be one of the first people on
the air during a disaster. If so, rather than going back and forth
with "Is there a net?" "I don't know, I haven't heard anyone", you
could at least temporarily take charge and establish some order on
the frequency. That could be vitaly important.
Not sure that you're qualified? Microphone shy? Daunted by the
prospect? We've all been there. It's not as difficult or scary at
it seems, and there will be plenty of friendly help available.
You need not make a long term commitement. Although we'd love
for you to become one of the "regulars", you can try net
control just once, do it on a irregular basis (whenever you feel
like it), or be on standby in case none of the regular net controllers
If you think you might be interested, or just have questions, please
contact me at [email protected],net.
Gary Ross Hoffman, KB0H
Weekly Practice Message Net
It is very important that amateur radio operators working
emergency situations understand how to handle written messages.
There are standard protocols and message forms. All of the details
about handling these written messages, sometimes called "formal
traffic", can be found on our Resources page or via the link below.
We urge you to examine this material, then try copying messages
read during our weekly practice message net.
Net Controllers needed!
The weekly practice message net has only one
net control operator.
If you'd like the opportunity to learn more and actually send
messages, even just one time, please contact Gary Hoffman, KB0H
Interested in joining ARES®
Please fill out an application and mail it to the
Emergency Coordinator (see contacts
page). The forms do not get sent to us electronically.
You will need to print out the physical form, fill it in, and mail
it to us.
application in Adobe Acrobat "PDF" format1
1 - Please see the
section of the Resources page if you do not
have software necessary to read these files.
Or, if you prefer, write or email us and request a physical
What will we do in the event of a disaster?
Click here to learn about Emergency
Support Functions and the role of St. Louis Metro ARES/RACES in
emergency management plans.
St. Louis Metro ARES®
holds a 2 meter net every week (see date and time listed
below). All amateur radio operators are welcome to participate.
Run the show! We will teach you what you need to know. We'll
give you the opportunity to control a net and help you if
you have difficulties. See out
Voice Net Operations page.
Emergency Communications Information
Not sure where to begin?
Contact us and we will help you get started.
If you haven't been to our monthly meetings you've missed talks
and demonstrations on Go-Bags, Message Handling, the Missouri
Emergency Packet Network, DC Power and much more.
Help Is Available
Do you need help building a go-bag? Are you unsure about what
to use for emergency power? Would you like some information
about personal preparedness? We can help.
Share Your Expertise
Do you have emergency communications experience or knowledge that
you'd like to share with others? Do you have some other skill
or talent that could benefit the group? We'd be happy to hear from you.
Yes, We QSL
Do you monitor St. Louis Metro
ARES® activities? Write to us
and we'll send you a QSL card.
Click here for more information.
The date and location of our next monthly meeting can be
found on the
Calendar of Events page, along
with directions how to get there.
Join us in our field exercises and develop your skills. Find out
what things you do well and which areas you could improve. Help
us to create a robust response team.
Click to join STLARES
Licensed amateur radio operators are invited to join the
St. Louis Metro ARES®
Yes, we accept donations of stamps, cash, items to sell or
raffle, items that we can distribute to our volunteers,
and so forth.
St. Louis Metro ARES® regular nets
- Weekly 2 meter voice nets:
The weekly ARES® 2 meter voice net
operates on Wednesday evenings at 7:30 PM Central Time. The net is
on the W0SRC repeater, frequency 146.850 (-) MHz, tone 141.3 Hz.
All amateur operators are invited to participate.
Next net is
Wednesday, August 31, 2016, 7:30 PM
Immediately following the regular voice net is the weekly
ARES® practice message / traffic net.
A test message is read over the air to give you an opportunity
to practice copying down formal traffic.
- 2 meter packet mailbox/BBS:
St. Louis Metro ARES® maintains a 2 meter
packet mailbox/BBS. This packet system is a training tool and runs
24/7 for your convenience. Please go to our
Packet Radio page for information
and instructions. If you have packet radio capabilities you are
enouraged to sign in on a weekly basis.
All amateur radio operators are welcome to participate.
St. Louis County Police Department
Office of Emergency Management
"Be Prepared" App
1 - Please see the "Software" section on the
page if you do not have software necessary to read these files.
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