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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

Check the transceiver for overheating

Digital modes are great for sending forms, long lists, images and so forth. They also use a lot more duty cycles of your transceiver than ordinary voice communications. Check to make sure that your rig is not overheating. Reduce the transmit power level if your unit feels hot.

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

St. Louis Metro ARES meeting
Monday September 8, 2014 7:30 PM

HSMM Presentation

The next St. Louis Metro ARES/RACES meeting will take place on Monday September 8, 2014. It will be held at Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital and start at 7:30 PM. Christopher Barber, WX5CW will give a presentation on High Speed Multi-Media.

This is an open meeting, as are all of St. Louis Metro ARES's meetings. Everyone is welcome to come and participate.

St. Louis Metro ARES
upcoming exercises
Simulated Emergency Test
Saturday October 11, 2014

Deployment to various locations around St. Louis City and County. Further details will be posted later.

County-wide Simplex Exercise
Saturday November 8, 2014

St. Louis City/County will be divided into three zones. Try to reach the net controller in the zone where you are located.

Net Control operators needed!
Inexperience a plus!

Contact Steve Wooten, KC0QMU for details.

St. Louis Metro ARES needs additional leaders and people to take on important tasks.
Please check the
* Registered Volunteers Only *
section for a list of positions that need to be filled
and tasks that need to be done

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 one net control operator. 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®?

Please fill out an application and mail it to the Emergency Coordinator (see contacts page). The forms do not get sent to us electronically. You will need to print out the physical form, fill it in, and mail it to us.

1 - Please see the Software section of the Resources page if you do not have software necessary to read these files.
Or, if you prefer, write or email us and request a physical application form.

Check In

St. Louis County ARES® holds a 2 meter net every week (see date and time listed below). All amateur radio operators are welcome to participate.

Yes, We QSL

Do you monitor St. Louis County ARES® activities? Write to us and we'll send you a QSL card. Click here for more information.

Net Control

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.

Emergency Communications Information

Not sure where to begin? Contact us and we will help you get started.

Presentations

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.

ARES® Wallpaper

Would you like St. Louis County ARES® as your wallpaper? Click here to display our 1280 x 1024 poster then save it to your computer.

Next Meeting

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

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

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Licensed amateur radio operators are invited to join the St. Louis County ARES® Yahoo group.

Donations

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

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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