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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

Don't step on the tail

Before you key up, wait for the repeater "tail" to drop. That is, wait for the repeater to stop transmitting completely. Then mentally count to three. That should allow enough time for any person or device that has difficulty with connecting to get in.

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


Next ARES®
Planning & Development Meeting
Monday September 30, 2019
7:00 PM
*** Originally scheduled for October 7th ***
*** Moved up so we could discuss the ***
*** upcoming Simulated Emergency Test ***

The next St. Louis Metro ARES Planning & Development meeting will take place at Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital and start at 7:00 PM. It will take place in the Private Dining Room, located at the rear of the downstairs cafeteria.

Everyone is welcome, you do not need to be an ARES volunteer to attend.

Simulated Emergency Test
All Amateur Radio Operators Invited to Participate
Saturday October 5, 2019


A massive earthquake has hit the area.


At approximately 8:00 AM Saturday morning email and text alerts will go out to ARES registered volunteers. A Net Control Station located at the St. Louis County Emergency Operations Center will announce on the 146.850 (-)(141.3 Hz) repeater that the Simulated Emergency Test has begun and will ask volunteers to check in. (You do not need to be an ARES registered volunteer to respond. All amateur radio operators are invited to participate.) When the check-ins have concluded, Net Control will ask each volunteer for his/her location. He will then ask them to deploy to the field site nearest to them. Those will be -

  • Zone 1 (north of Page Avenue) = McDonnell Park shelter, 2961 Adie Road (just off of Lindbergh Blvd).
  • Zone 2 (south of Page, north of Interstate I-44) = Tilles Park shelter, 9551 Litzsing Road (south of I-64/US-40 on McKnight Road)
  • Zone 3 - (south of Interstate I-44) = Sylvan Springs Park, 300 Halsey Street (near Telegraph Road and Sappington Barracks Road)
  • Zone 4 - (City of St. Louis) = Sublette Park, 5701 Arsenal Street (at Southwest and Arsenal)

What you should take with you:

  • At a bare miniumum, yourself, your amateur radio license, and a hand-held transceiver. Be prepared to enter frequencies into it.
  • If you have one, your VHF/UHF field station (a mobile unit, not a hand-held) with portable antenna and power source. Again, be prepared to enter frequencies into your radio.
  • Nice option #1 = If you have one, bring your portable HF rig and everything that you will need to make it operational in the field.
  • Nice option #2 = If you have a Winlink setup that will work in the field, either VHF or HF, please bring it.


Sign in with site lead operator. If you have equipment, he will have you set it up and give you an assignment. If you do not have equipment, he will assign you to assist and/or learn from one of the other operators. He will inform all participants of the site tactical call sign and the frequencies that will be used during the exercise. At approximately 9:30 AM on-air traffic will begin. You will send and receive formal messages using message forms, and log your activities on FEMA ICS-309 forms. Messages will be sent back and forth between the four park sites, plus the EOC. Other simulated locations may also come on the air. We will attempt to use VHF/UHF, HF, and Winlink as means to pass messages. When all traffic has been passed (no later than 1:00 PM but probably earlier), the site lead operator will conduct a "hotwash", or immediate after-action discussion about the exercies. All forms will be turned in, the participants will sign out and may depart.

Final word:

St. Louis Metro ARES has done a number of these exercises, each one a little bit more complex than before. We try to make them as realistic as possible so that the participants can get a taste of what an actual deployment may be like. We ask the participants for honest appraisals of the exercises so that we can improve future ones.

Mistakes, flubs, equipment failures and so forth are to be expected, from the newest participant to the planners and organizers. This is how we learn. And as always, "The are no dumb questions, only unasked ones". We always find these exercises to be interesting, and generally fun as well.

Please join us.

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the Simulated Emergencu Test

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 two net control operators. 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.
St. Louis Metro ARES Repeaters

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We maintain repeaters on -
  • 145.350 MHz (-) CTCSS 123.0 Hz
  • 442.375 MHz (+) CTCSS 141.3 Hz Temporarily off the air
Both use the call sign N0ARS.


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

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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