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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

Spare hardware

How many times have you been outdoors and dropped a vital screw, nut, bolt, or washer? Did you ever find it? If you know that it's going to be handled out in the field, it would be a good idea to carry spares.

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

Upcoming Events
Simplex Exercise
Saturday July 23, 2016
9:00 AM
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St. Louis Metro ARES will hold a simplex exercise on July 23rd. No repeaters will be used, no advance instructions will be given. We wil lbe simulating an actual disaster and attempting to put together simplex nets. Just check in to the net in your zone and listen for the net control operator.

  • Zone 1 - HVTac11 146.415 MHz
    All of St. Louis County north of Page Avenue (State Road 364)
  • Zone 2 - HVTac12 147.435 MHz
    All of St. Louis County south of Page Avenue and also north of Interstate 44
  • Zone 3 - HVTac13 146.535 MHz
    All of St. Louis County south of Interstate 44
  • Zone 4 - HVTac14 147.585 MHz
    All of the City of St. Louis

In another county? Check in to the zone nearest to your location.
In Illinois?
North of the Gateway Arch, try Zone 1.
East of the Gateway Arch, try Zone 4.
South of the Gateway Arch, try Zone 3.

Wherever you are, also be prepared to switch to 147.510 MHz (HVTac10) toward the end of the exercise.

Next ARES® Meeting
Monday August 8, 2016

The next St. Louis Metro ARES 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.

Net control operators really needed..

Are you ready to try something new? Would you like to add to your emergency communications skills? We greatly need more volunteers to act as net controllers.

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.

More than one net needs additional controllers. There is the regular Wednesday 7:30 PM net, of course, but we also have the follow-up practice message net. If we get enough volunteers we would also like to start a Saturday morning net.

If you think you might be interested, or just have questions, please contact Gary Hoffman, KB0H, the 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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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.

ARES® application in Adobe Acrobat "PDF" format1

1 - Please see the Software 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 application form.

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

Click here to join STLARES
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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

St. Louis County Police Department
Office of Emergency Management
"Be Prepared" App

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Android Users:

Apple IOS Users:

Android short Link:

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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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