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,
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
It was a bad experience, or was it?
It was a bad experience, everyone was shouting at each other, and you're glad that it's over. Now what do you do? You could get on Facebook and bad-mouth everyone who upset you. Or you might try reviewing what happened as if you were a disinterested observer. How much of the conflict was due to misunderstanding or miscommunication? If you hadn't been so stressed, could you have helped alleviate some of the problems? If you can learn something from the experience, then it wasn't a loss at all.
Use 147.360 (+) for the remainder of 2015
The Hospital Amateur Radio Network will hold its monthly
tests on 147.360 (+) for the remainder of this year. Whether
this is a temporary or permanent switch has not yet been determined.
St. Louis Metro ARES/RACES will be holding its annual Simulated
Emergency Test on the morning of October 10th. This year we will
be responding to and opreating from various fire protection districts
around the county. ARES volunteers are urged to respond but
all licensed amateur radio operators are welcome to participate.
If you've never done anything like this before, great! Get a taste of
what a real call-out would be like. Don't be shy, and don't worry
that you won't know what to do, this is meant to be a learning experience.
St. Louis Metro ARES/RACES
* * * Simulated Emergency Test * * *
Saturday October 10, 2015
8:00 AM to noon
You can be
part of the exercise!!
Come and learn!
Important: Note new main frequency below
If you have field gear (a portable mobile radio with antenna and power)
then bring it. If not, grab your license and come anyway.
This exercise will be held inside so you will not need outdoor gear.
What will happen? At 8:00 AM the ARES tone alert will sound
(don't worry if you don't know what that means), email alerts will
be sent, and an announcement will be made on the 146.850 (+)
repeater. Listen for the announcement, check in when requested, and
follow the net controller's instructions. He will tell you where to
deploy, what frequency to use, and whom to contact. You'll
be directed to a staging area (there will be several around the county)
where you will meet the lead operator for the area and sign in. He
will assess your equipment and capabilities and give you an
appropriate assignment. Messages will be passed
between fire stations, Central County Emergency 911, and the
St. Louis County Emergency Operations Center. You'll learn about net
procedures, message handling, tactical call signs, logging and more.
How do I prepare? Determine what 2m/70cm equipment you can muster.
Have the following frequencies programmed in:
While not mandatory, it
would be helpful to familiarize yourself with formal message
handling before the exercise. There is a practice net each week on
146.850 at about 8:00 PM.
- 146.850 (-) (141.3 Hz) - main repeater
- 147.360 (+) - secondary repeater
- 146.610 (-) - zone repeater
- 146.730 (-) (141.3 Hz) - zone repeater
- 147.060 (+) (141.3 Hz) - zone repeater
- 147.510 - HVTac10 simplex
- 146.415 - HVTac11 simplex
- 147.435 - HVTac12 simplex
- 146.535 - HVTac13 simplex
- 147.585 - HVTac14 simplex
This should be fun, and you will learn a lot. While not absolutely
necessary, please contact Steve Wooten at [email protected] if you plan to participate,
just so that we have some idea how many people
are going to show up.
Where will I go? That's a surprise. It will be determined when
you check in with net control. We will, however, give you a hint. The
three deployment locations are within:
We will also include the Monarch Fire Protection District
if we can find a volunteer to be the lead operator. Contact Steve
Wooten, [email protected]
if you are interested.
- The Florissant Valley Fire Protection District
- The Maryland Heights Fire Protection District
- The Mehlville Fire Protection District
We could use a few more volunteers to work
an exercise at Jefferson Barracks
on Friday October 16, 2015
Please contact Steve Wooten, [email protected] if you can help.
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
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
If you think you might be interested, or just have questions, please
contact Gary Hoffman, KB0H
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.
application in Adobe Acrobat "PDF" format1
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
What will we do in the event of a disaster?
Click here to learn about Emergency
Support Functions and the role of St. Louis Metro ARES/RACES in
emergency management plans.
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.
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.
Yes, We QSL
Do you monitor St. Louis Metro
ARES® activities? Write to us
and we'll send you a QSL card.
Click here for more information.
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 Metro 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 Metro 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, October 14, 2015, 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 Metro ARES® maintains a 2 meter
packet mailbox/BBS. This packet system is a training tool and runs
24/7 for your convenience. Please go 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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