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
If the roads are icy...
It really doesn't matter what sort of vehicle you have. If the roads are slippery, the wisest decision you can make is not to deploy.
St. Louis Metro ARES®
Simplex Exercise Simulating an Emergency Call-Out
Saturday February 29, 2020
Starts between 9:00 AM and 9:05 AM
All licensed Amateur Radio operators are invited to participate!
When the communications infrastructure comes crashing down, our Amateur
Radio repeaters might not be immune to the disaster. This exercise will
test our ability to organize and bring up simplex nets in each of our
four operating zones. There will be no announcement on any repeater, and
each zone will operate independently. The purpose of these nets will be
to find out who and what Amateur Radio resources are available should our
served agencies request a deployment. This is a simulation only, and we
will not actually deploy. Despite that, please give an accurate response
to the net control operator's questions.
This is a "trial run" of our simplex resources net procedures, and as
such things may not go smoothly. Please be patient, do the best you can,
and be sure to address your thoughts and comments to the exercise director
(listed below). There will be more such exercises as we learn and improve
The exercise will have an optional component at the very end involving an
ARRL Radiogram. While you do not have to participate in this part
of the exercise, we urge you to do so.
Important! If you plan to participate, please print out the
Exercise Directions and Documents. At a minimum, read the first page and check the map.
Contact Gary Hoffman, KB0H
if you have questions.
EC-001 Introduction to Emergency
Communication class (online)
FOLLOW-UP and LOCAL ORIENTATION
Saturday, March 14, 2020
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
The ARRL's Introduction to Emergency Communication course
(EC-001) is now available online and is free. You can either
choose the mentor-led or self-study course. To register,
go to www.arrl.org/online-course-registration.
New ARES volunteers are required to take EC-001, and have
one year from the time of their application to complete it.
The "Follow-Up and Local Orientation" class offered
locally is an 8-hour course led by local ARES leadership
and ARRL Field Instructors. It will help you gain a greater
understanding of how St. Louis Metro ARES is utilized by
our served agencies and how we fit into "the big picture".
Registration is required.
Click here for the course
flyer and instructions on how to register.
New Digital Operations Manual
Click here to see the St. Louis Metro ARES Digital
Operations Manual, updated for 2020.
Join the St. Louis Metro ARES
Weekly Winlink Net!
Each Wednesday.. watch for Winlink message, then
Contact Peter Brisbine, N0MTH
Winlink Express Training for
St. Louis Metro ARES
Saturday, May 30, 2020
9:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Click here for flyer
An Important Message from the
With the new ARRL ARES strategic plan now in place, specific
training and basic participation is now a requirement to be a
volunteer in ARES.
All three levels of membership have their training requirements
listed in the ARRL ARES Task Book.
Participants shall have completed the following courses: ARRL's
EC-001 Introduction to Amateur Radio Emergency Communications
(now a no-cost on-line class through the ARRL) and FEMA IS-100,
IS-200, IS-700, and IS-800.
You have a year to complete all the above training.
PARTICIPATION for Active Status with St. Louis Metro ARES:
Attend 4 Monthly Meetings. Attending the monthly meetings you
get to see other volunteers and discuss issues. You can hear
presentations by other ARES volunteers that may be relevant to
ARES operations. Attend one Planning meeting so you give your
ideas for exercises, presentations and other items related to
Check into the St. Louis Metro ARES Voice net and the St. Louis
Metro ARES Practice Traffic net at least once a month.
Digitally equipped with Winlink. A basic Winlink training
class will be given once a year to help obtain this. Check the
ARES calendar of events for the
official date of this class.
Participate in an exercise, and participate in our Simulated
Emergency Test. Participating in our exercises and our SET will
give you an idea on how we will respond when call out. Attend
our Field Day event at JB park and help operate a station
If you are unable to participate in some of these activities,
please contact me.
Steven J Wooten KC0QMU
Emergency Coordinator for
St. Louis Metro ARES & RACES
Assistant District EC for 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 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
Interested in joining ARES®
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
us the completed form via postal service. 1
1 - Please see the
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?
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.
St. Louis Metro ARES Repeaters
We maintain repeaters on -
Both use the call sign N0ARS.
- 145.350 MHz (-) CTCSS 123.0 Hz
- 442.375 MHz (+) CTCSS 141.3 Hz Temporarily off the air
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, Feburary 26, 2020, 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.
If you have packet radio capabilities you are
enouraged to sign in on a weekly basis.
All amateur radio operators are welcome to participate.
St. Louis County Police Department
Office of Emergency Management
"Be Prepared" App
1 - Please see the "Software" section on the
page if you do not have software necessary to read these files.
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