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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

Recheck

During an exercise or actual emergency, you may need to leave the primary frequency for a period of time. This may be to pass a formal message, make a repair to your station, or simply to take a break. Always let the net control operator know that you are leaving the frequency. When you return to the primary frequency, call "recheck" and let the net controller know that you are back.

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

Announcements

WARNING: AMATEUR AND PERSONAL RADIO SERVICES LICENSEES AND OPERATORS MAY NOT USE RADIO EQUIPMENT TO COMMIT OR FACILITATE CRIMINAL ACTS

The Enforcement Bureau (Bureau) of the Federal Communications Commission issues this Enforcement Advisory to remind licensees in the Amateur Radio Service, as well as licensees and operators in the Personal Radio Services, that the Commission prohibits the use of radios in those services to commit or facilitate criminal acts.

Click here for full FCC notice


Combined Radiogram / ICS-213
message form practice
Sunday January 24, 2021
7:30 PM CST

Emergency Management Agencies on the west coast are using a hybrid message form which combines elements of a FEMA ICS-213 form and an ARRL Radiogram. It is called the RRI-1703 form. Madison County, Illinois ARES® will read a practice RRI-1703 during its net this Sunday evening, 7:30 PM CST.

146.790 (-) MHz CTCSS tone 77.0 Hz


Next ARES®
Planning & Development Meeting
Monday February 1, 2021
7:00 PM CST

The next Planning & Development meeting will be held online via Zoom. (You will need to set up a Zoom account at https://Zoom.us.)

You can join the online meeting by going to
https://us04web.zoom.us/j/72749160329?pwd=YUk3MnI5YjVQbm5BTzAyZGdFckZUdz09

Meeting ID: 727 4916 0329
Passcode: cYJH1u

Everyone is welcome! You do not need to be a member of ARES or even an Amateur Radio operator. Participate in the meeting and see what our planning sessions are all about.


Next ARES® Meeting
Monday February 8, 2021
6:00 PM

The next St. Louis Metro ARES meeting will be online via Zoom (You will need to set up a Zoom account at https://Zoom.us.)

You can join the online meeting by going to
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85287182327?pwd=VFZTUTFDN2hVSWgwbDQ1MC81bnFLUT09
Meeting ID: 852 8718 2327
Passcode: 877016

Guest speaker Brian Oester, KE0EYA will talk about Elevation Profiles in Google Earth and Ubiquiti Link.

Everyone is welcome! You do not need to be a member of ARES or even an Amateur Radio operator. Participate in the meeting and see what we're all about.


St. Louis Metro ARES®
UHF Frequency Switching Exercise
Saturday February 27, 2021
9:00 AM

Test your ability to rapidly adapt to changing conditions during an emergency!
All licensed Amateur Radio operators are invited to participate!

Monitor the 442.700 (+)(141.3 Hz) at 9:00 AM and check-in when requested. You will be directed to switch to various UHF repeater and simplex frequencies.

Click here for a description of the exercise and instructions.

Additional Net Control Operators are needed to help with this exercise. If you are interested, please contact Bob Gale at [email protected].


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 ** needs volunteers **
Work under 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 ** needs volunteers **
Work under EC & 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 & Publicity -- can use more assistance --
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 ** needs volunteers **
Work under 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 ** needs volunteers **
Work under 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 - Operation
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

Archives Team ** needs volunteers **
Work under EC & AECs
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 -- can use more assistance --
Work under 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 Assets Team -- can use more assistance --
Work under 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 -- can use more assistance --
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 ** needs volunteers **
Work under 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.

ARES icon Interested in joining ARES®? ARES icon

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

NCS

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.
Presentations

N0OBG

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

KC0QMU at R.E.T.

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.
Social Media

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Click here to go to the St. Louis Metro ARES Facebook page.

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Click here to go to the St. Louis Metro ARES Twitter page.
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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