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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.

The monthly Skywarn test net is scheduled
to take place tonight at 7:00 PM on the 146.910 (-)(141.3 Hz) repeater
Weather spotters are urged to participate. All Amateur Radio operators are welcome.

Note: The monthly net will be cancelled and replaced by an alert net if there is severe weather in the area.

* * * Severe weather in the area * * *

St. Louis City and County Weather Spotters
please monitor 146.910 MHz (-)(141.3 Hz)

There is NO severe weather in the area

This is a test message only

Emergency Communicator's Notebook

Amateur Radio tests are low priority

All too often served agencies will place their Amateur Radio equipment in a very poor location. It may be in a conference room, in a busy dispatch center, or even in someone's office. If you arrive to perform a regular test of the equipment and find that the location is in use or busy, don't try to perform the test. Inform your served agency contact, then leave. If checking in to a net was part of the test, let net control know if you are able. Be sure to let your Emergency Coordinator know as well.

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

Announcements

Special Help Needed

There is a vast amount of work involved in maintaining and improving the St. Louis Metro ARES organization. We have set up a number of Planning & Development sub-committees so that ARES members can participate in these efforts. Right now we have volunteers to help with two specific ares:

  • Financial:
    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.)
  • Website:
    A sub-committee member should handle one or more of the following tasks:
    - Create new website pages using HTML, PHP, Javascript and/or Perl
    - Maintain or update pages using the same code as above
    - Maintain the St. Louis Metro ARES database using MySQL
    - Periodically scan the web pages and note obsolete or incorrect information and broken links
  • Archives Team:
    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

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


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.

Website ** needs volunteers **
Work under AEC - Operations
A sub-committee member should handle one or more of the following tasks:
- Create new website pages using HTML, PHP, Javascript and/or Perl
- Maintain or update pages using the same code as above
- Maintain the St. Louis Metro ARES database using MySQL
- Periodically scan the web pages and note obsolete or incorrect information and broken links

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

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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 Temporarily off the air
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.
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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