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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

Do you need everything that you're taking?

Naturally you want to be prepared for every eventuality, but do you really need an 18-wheel truck full of equipment for a four-hour deployment?. Segregate your field equipment into categories, starting with items you know that you'll need regardless of what kind of deployment it is. Beyond that you can divide things up depending on the length of your stay, whether it will be indoors or outdoors, and so forth.

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

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SKYWARN Monthly Net
Thursday August 6, 2015

The next St. Louis City/County SKYWARN test net will take place on Thursday August 6, 2015 at 7:00 PM on the 147.360 MHz (+) repeater. SKYWARN spotters are urged to check in. All amateur radio operators are welcome.

St. Louis Metro ARES meeting
Monday August 10, 2015
7:30 PM

The next St. Louis Metro ARES/RACES meeting will take place on Monday August 10, 2015. It will be held at Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital and start at 7:30 PM. Everyone is welcome, you do not need to be an ARES volunteer.

Steve Wooten's presentation
to the St. Louis and Suburban Radio Club on July 24th
about ARES, RACES and HARN

(PowerPoint format)

ARES® Message Handling Exercise

St. Louis Metro ARES will conduct a message handling exercise on Saturday morning, August 15th, starting at 10:00 AM CDT. Net Control will be on the 146.850 (-)(141.3 Hz) repeater.

What is message handling? During disasters or other emergency situations we are called upon to provide backup, overflow, and alternate-path communications. Very often the information has to be clear, concise, and accurate as lives may depend on it. For this reason most of the messages are written down in telegram fashion, and then transmitted and delivered that way.

St. Louis Metro ARES holds a practice traffic net each Wednesday evening where you can learn about, listen to, and practice copying messages (see Weekly Practice Message Net box below). We also hold a yearly exercise during which numerous messages are passed and sometimes passed again to third parties.

You can participate in the exercise from the comfort of your home. More information will be published shortly. All amateur radio operators are welcome to take part.

Exercise Instructions
(Adobe Acrobat PDF format)

Forms that we will be using
(Adobe Acrobat PDF format)

FEMA ICS-213 form
ARRL Radiogram form
ARRL FSD-244 Welfare form and instructions

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

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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