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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

Know how to operate your radio

Every transceiver model is different, of course, but you should become intimately familiar with the workings of the one you plan to use during an emergency. Get to know its quirks, such as a delay between pressing the push-to-talk button and the transceiver actually transmitting, and especialy know how to enter a new frequency, offset, and tone.

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

Upcoming Events

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Mandatory Requirements

St. Louis Metro ARES has had to institute minimum basic requirements for volunteers. They are now required to take the FEMA online IS-100 and IS-700 courses within a year of joining. Volunteers must also participate in ARES activities on a regular basis.

Current volunteers can find more details on the * Registered Volunteers * page. Those who are not yet volunteers can look at our FAQ page.


Next ARES®
Planning & Development Meeting
Monday June 4, 2018
7:00 PM

The next St. Louis Metro ARES Planning & Development meeting will take place at Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital and start at 7:00 PM. Everyone is welcome, you do not need to be an ARES volunteer to attend.


Want to be the Net Control Operator?
Wednesday June 20, 2018
7:30 PM

There is no Net Control Operator scheduled for the St. Louis Metro ARES weekly net on this date. If you'd like to give it a try, contact Gary Hoffman, [email protected]


Field Day!
Saturday June 23 - Sunday June 24

Visit our Field Day site at Jefferson Barracks County Park! Everyone is welcome! If you would like to help with the set-up, tear-down, and/or operation of the event, please contact Peter Brisbine, N0MTH. See our flyer for more details.

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

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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
Both use the call sign N0ARS.
Presentations

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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

Click here to join STLARES
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Licensed amateur radio operators are invited to join the St. Louis Metro ARES® Yahoo group.
Donations

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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: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.quickseries.SaintLouis

Apple IOS Users: https://geo.itunes.apple.com/us/app/saint-louis-county-mo-prepares/id1039072120?mt=8

Android short Link: http://bit.ly/1Kscjja

Apple IOS short Link: http://apple.co/1or2Cr1

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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