The Amateur Radio Emergency Service®
) provides emergency communications
to "Served Agencies" such as fire and police departments, the American
Red Cross, the National Weather Service, hospitals, and others. Many
teams also provide communications for
public service events such as marathons, parades, bike riding events,
and boat races. Individual ARES®
organized at the county level in Missouri. This is the Web site of the
team serving St. Louis 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
Emergency Operations Plan
Any emergency response group you belong to will have an Emergency Operations Plan. Make sure that you have a copy and review it often. This ARES group's plan can be found in the Volunteers Only section of the Web site.
More hints, tips, and other
tidbits about emergency communications
compiled by St.
Louis County ARES®
St. Louis County ARES meeting
Monday March 10, 2014 7:30 PM
Third of three presentations on deployment
Explanation of ARES/RACES merger
The next St. Louis County ARES meeting will take place on Monday
March 10, 2014. The meeting will start at 7:30 PM in the
Private Dining Room (far end of the lower level cafeteria) at
Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital
(click here for a map and directions)
There will be a presentation based on the Introduction to Emergency
Communication course regardling deployment. This will be the third
of three such presentations. There will also be a discussion about
the merger of St. Louis County ARES and St. Louis County RACES.
This is an open meeting, everyone is welcome.
ARES/RACES Merger Complete!
The St. Louis County RACES/ARES merger is now a done deal, it is completed!
We had a meeting on Saturday March 1st with the St. Louis County Police
Communications Coordinator with Office of Emergency Management and a handful
of licensed amateur radio operators. We will be handling amateur radio
communications for the St. Louis County EOC. We also will be handling the
St. Louis County SKYWARN net when severe weather is threatening the countty.
The banner in the photo was created by the St. Louis County Police Office of
Emergency Management to help get this word out. This banner will be displayed
at hamfests and other public amateur radio presentations.
If anyone would still like to help and be a part of the secure location RACES
or SKYWARN teams, please let me know. A special application will need be
completed. A St. Louis County Police Background Record Check must be
completed at the Bureau Of Central Police Records in Clayton. The total
cost for a City and County Record Check is $9.00. Once the Amateur radio
application and the background record check is complete, it will be given to
the St. Louis County Police Communication Coordinator for further review.
Steve Wooten, KCQMU
Emergency Coordinator for
St. Louis County ARES/RACES & HARN
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.
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
St. Louis County ARES®
holds a 2 meter net every week (see date and time listed
below). All amateur radio operators are welcome to participate.
Yes, We QSL
Do you monitor St. Louis County
ARES® activities? Write to us
and we'll send you a QSL card.
Click here for more information.
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.
Would you like St. Louis County
ARES® as your
to display our 1280 x 1024 poster then save it to your computer.
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 County 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 County 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, March 12, 2014, 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 County ARES® maintains a 2 meter
packet mailbox/BBS. This packet system is a training tool and runs
24/7 for your convenience. Please got 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.
1 - Please see the "Software" section on the
page if you do not have software necessary to read these files.
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