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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

Stay in touch

While you are deployed, you'll need to keep two people informed of your status. First, let the net control operator know when you take a break, are relieved, or shut down your station for any reason. Second, you should let your family know where you are, how long you'll be, that you're leaving for home and so forth. There's always someone out there who is concerned about you.

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


Simulated Emergency Test
All Amateur Radio Operators Invited to Participate
Saturday October 3, 2020

Check in with Net Control
on 146.850 at 9:00 AM
for instructions
You do not have to deploy anywhere
Click here for the list of frequencies that will be used.

St Louis Metro Amateur Radio Service

Simulated Emergency Test
3 October 2020

  1. Situation
    1. Remnants of a severe hurricane that hit the Gulf Coast has come North, still having high winds that took down power lines along with widespread flooding. Cellular phone service is out because most cell towers were knocked offline or completely collapsed. We have been asked to set up amateur radio stations at the following locations, St. Louis City EOC mobile command, St. Louis Co EOC, American Red Cross, Central Co 911 and several municipalities Fire Districts. Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, all the above agencies will be simulated by operators.

  2. Mission
    1. St. Louis ARES will simulate a mobilized contingent force of communications assets to provide communications to and from the above simulated locations in support of the served agencies.
    2. Messages relating to public safety, health and welfare, supplies and shelters will be generated using standard forms specific use of Federal Emergency Management Agency and local emergency management agencies (ICS213). Winlink digital mode will be used to send Red Cross Shelter messages and traffic to those who have Winlink capability.

  3. Execution
    1. Each operator should be able to reach several 2 meter repeater or simplex frequencies. For those with HF and 6M, they will have the task of communicating with those operators outside of the St. Louis region. All frequencies will be known in advance and will be listed on a ICS205 communications form.

  4. Service Support (for this simulation)
    1. Supply
      1. Operators must be self-sufficient. Battery or generator power is strongly sugested to be used if available.
      2. Participants should take into consideration anticipated weather in the area to make HF operations difficult.
      3. Operators should have a hand held (HT) radio just in case their main radio fails.
      4. Should an emergency occur, notify N0ARS via the main net frequency immediately.

  5. Command and Zones
    1. Frequencies
      1. Main Net - 146.850 CTCSS 141.3
    2. Command
      1. SET leader will be the EC or an AEC.
    3. Repeater to use:
      1. 145.350 Tone 123.0
      2. 146.850 CTCSS 141.3
      3. 147.360 Tone 141.3
      4. 147.060 Tone 141.3
      5. 146.910 Tone 141.3
      6. 146.970 Tone 141.3
      7. 442.575+ DSTAR REF059CL Missouri Emergency Communications
    4. Simplex Frequencies to use:
      1. 7.263 MHz Statewide HF
      2. 52.550 CSQ Statewide HMCall
      3. 2M refer to for 4 Zone simplex frequencies

ANNEX A Timeline

8:30 am EC sends email to all ARES members. The Callout list is sent a text message.
9:00 am ARES tone alert is sounded on 146.850
9:00 am ARES net established for operators who are participating.
9:00 am SET Net check ins starts.
9:10 - 9:20 am Participating operators go to the assigned 4, 2 meter frequencies.
9:30 am HF contacts are tried
9:30 am Winlink messages are being sent on the 2 meter and HF frequences
12 noon END OF SET, stations secured, repeater open to general use

The team always needs help

There is a vast amount of work involved in maintaining and improving the St. Louis Metro ARES organization. You can help in the following ways:

Join a Planning & Development sub-committee
  • Financial
    Work under the EC
    A sub-committee member should handle one or more of the following tasks:
    • Propose system for on-line donations. If approved, maintain the service. (Funds themselves will be handled by EC and STLCARES.)
  • Membership coordination
    Work under the EC and PIO
    A sub-committee member should handle one or more of the following tasks:
    • Recruitment
    • Stay in regular contact. Ask for suggestions and comments.
    • Keep database up to date
    • Keep participation lists up to date
  • Public Information and Publicity
    Work under PIO
    A sub-committee member should handle one or more of the following tasks:
    • Have promo kits, make sure material is at all events. This would include our event schedule flyers.
    • Take EC-015
    • Be able to make presentations to clubs or outside groups n absence of EC or PIO
  • Exercise planning & development
    Assist AEC - Exercises
    A sub-committee member should handle one or more of the following tasks:
    • Help find sites
    • Suggest various exercises and help develop those that are chosen
    • Help find other needed resources.
    • Create and send certificates to participants
  • Asset management
    Work under the EC
    A sub-committee member should handle one or more of the following tasks:
    • Keep track of assets (database space will be provided)
    • Store or find storage for assets
    • Work with EC to determine which assets to keep and which to sell
    • Make sure salable assets get to hamfests. Any that are sold should be noted as such in database.
    • Make sure that unsold items are returned to storage.
  • HF operations
    Work under AEC - Operations
    A sub-committee member should handle one or more of the following tasks:
    • Help develop HF operations plans
    • Help develop regular HF nets
    • Develop regular regional HF contacts
    • Help develop Metro area intra-zone HF plan (probably 10 meters)
  • Archives Team
    Work under all the AEC's and the EC
    A sub-committee member should handle one or more of the following tasks:
    • Act as recording secretary for meetings. Put minutes taken into on-line archives.
    • Make sure event photos are archived on-line.
    • Make sure exercise and event materials are archived on-line.
    • Make sure received QSL cards are archived on-line
  • Repeater Team
    Work under the EC
    A sub-committee member should handle one or more of the following tasks:
    • Maintain the group's repeaters. Repair, replace, improve as needed
  • Mobile asset team
    Work under the EC
    A sub-committee member should handle one or more of the following tasks:
    • Clean up and assemble a working communication center from available asset(s) (currently a trailer).
    • Maintain the mobile assets (gas up, charge batteries, test equipment, etcetera)
    • Help transport asset(s) to events or deployment sites
  • Digital Team
    Work under AEC - Digital Operations
    A sub-committee member should handle one or more of the following tasks:
    • Assist in build-out of digital networks
    • Help maintain existing digital infrastructure (such as APRS or Winlink RMS sites)
    • Help install and maintain MEPN MSTL node
    • Keep abreast of local and regional digital efforts and help determine which may be of interest to us (such as AREDN, VARA FM)
  • Message/traffic handling team
    Work under the EC
    A sub-committee member should handle one or more of the following tasks:
    • Along with training coordinator and net managers, help develop protocols, training, and schedules for handling formal traffic.
    • Handle formal traffic received by St. Louis Metro ARES

Please contact Steve Wooten, KC0QMU if you are interested or have questions.

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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