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
Remember, it's an emergency net
It is in our nature to chat, but we must learn to restrain ourselves when on an emergency net. Consider the following exchange: Station 1 - "Do you have a CB radio handy?" Station 2 - "Yeah, I brought mine. I picked it up at a hamfest a few years ago. It was a pretty good bargain. I used to keep it in my truck, but then I got a better one.." and on and on. The first station obviously had an important reason for asking about the availability of a CB radio. He is unable to explain what he needs, however, because the second station is tying up the frequency with unimportant detail. The proper response would have been a simple "Yes".
*** Meetings Cancelled ***
The St. Louis Metro ARES Planning & Development meeting
scheduled for April 6, 2020 and the general meeting scheduled
for April 13, 2020 have been cancelled. Please check back here
periodically to see if they have been rescheduled, or some
type of virtual meeting has been set up.
Thank you for your patience.
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, April 1, 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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