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This page contains information about St. Louis Metro ARES® voice net operations.

Weekly 2 meter voice nets

  1. "Resource" practice net (check-in net):
    Information and radio tests.
    Wednesday evenings at 7:30 PM local (Central) time on the 146.850 (-) repeater. Requires a CTCSS tone of 141.3 Hertz.

  2. "Message" practice session:
    A message is read over the air each week to give you an opportunity to practice copying formal traffic. Messages alternate between ARRL radiogram format and FEMA ICS-213 message format.
    This session follows immediately after the Resources net on same repeater.
    More details on the Message Practice Session
  • Primary repeater - 146.850 MHz (-) (141.3 Hz)
  • Secondary repeater - 146.910 MHz (-) (141.3 Hz)

Our thanks to the St. Louis and Suburban Radio Club for its continuing support and for the use of these repeaters.

Resources (check-in) Net
Net Control Station information

We encourage all ARES® Registered Volunteers to act as the Net Control Station for our weekly 2 meter net. You can do it just once, just occasionally, or you can become one of our regular Net Controllers.
  • Net Control Procedures:
    What the Net Control Operator needs to do to run the weekly net

  • Net Controller script: (PDF format)1
    This is the generic script that the Net Control operator reads each week.

  • Emergency repeater switch script: (Word format)1
    This is a script that the Net Control operator can read if it is necessary to abruptly switch repeaters.

  • Net Controller questions:
    During the net the Net Controller may ask the participants to answer a question. This is a list of potential questions.

  • Net Controller schedule 2022
    This is the nominal schedule for the weekly voice resources net.

  • Net Control Training Manual: by Bruce Winchell, N8UT (Abobe Acrobat PDF format)1
    Although not 100% applicable to St. Louis City and County, this is still an invaluable guide to net control and emergency communications in general.

Message Practice Session
Net Control Station information

Weekly HF voice nets

St. Louis Metro ARES® does not have any regular HF nets at this time, but we do encourage participation in the following nets:
  • Missouri Emergency Services Net:
    This Missouri-wide net is not restricted to ARES® operations, and is open to any emergency communications needs. The practice net is held every Sunday afternoon at 2:00 PM on 3.963 MHz LSB.

1 - Please see the Software section of the Resources page if you do not have software necessary to read these files. © 2022 St. Louis Metro ARES®