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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, Missouri.

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

Stay in touch

While you are deployed, you'll need to keep two people informed of your status. First, let the net control operator know when you take a break, are relieved, or shut down your station for any reason. Second, you should let your family know where you are, how long you'll be, that you're leaving for home and so forth. There's always someone out there who is concerned about you.

More hints, tips, and other tidbits about emergency communications
compiled by St. Louis Metro ARES® Registered Volunteers

Upcoming Events

Next ARES®
Planning Committee Meeting
Monday February 6, 2017

The next St. Louis Metro ARES Planning Committee meeting will take place at Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital and start at 7:30 PM>. Everyone is welcome, you do not need to be an ARES volunteer to attend.

Next ARES® Meeting
Monday February 13, 2017

The next St. Louis Metro ARES meeting will take place at Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital and start at 7:30 PM.

St. Louis Metro ARES®
Multi-faceted Exercise
Saturday February 18, 2017
starts at 9:00 AM

This "multi-facted" exercise will be part exercise, part contest, and part clue-hunt. This is an opportunity to test your own abilities as well as your equipment's. The exercise will involve a number of different repeaters and simplex frequencies on both 2 meters and 70 centimeters.

Complete details and instructions will be published soon.

Why do we keep asking for net controllers?

Reason One:
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".

Reason Two
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.

Reason Three
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 are avalable.

If you think you might be interested, or just have questions, please contact me at [email protected],net.

Gary Ross Hoffman, KB0H
Net Manager

Weekly Practice Message Net

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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.

Thank you.

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New online application form now available! Click here to display the form on your browser. Fill in the blanks as best you can, then click the "Submit Form" button. A copy will be emailed to us.

If your prefer, you can download, print, and fill out a paper copy. Just Click here and send us the completed form via postal service. 1

1 - Please see the Software section of the Resources page if you do not have software necessary to read these files.

What will we do in the event of a disaster?

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Click here to learn about Emergency Support Functions and the role of St. Louis Metro ARES/RACES in emergency management plans.
Check In

Field Station

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.
Net Control


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

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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

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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

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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

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Do you monitor St. Louis Metro ARES® activities? Write to us and we'll send you a QSL card. Click here for more information.
Next Meeting

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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.
Field Exercises

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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.
Yahoo Group

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Licensed amateur radio operators are invited to join the St. Louis Metro ARES® Yahoo group.

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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

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Office of Emergency Management
"Be Prepared" App

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Android Users:

Apple IOS Users:

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1 - Please see the "Software" section on the Resources page if you do not have software necessary to read these files.

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