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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

Try to give a simple answer

During an emergency net, either real or practice, if you are asked a question, do your best to give a short, simple answer. Try not to add a lot of qualifiers or exceptions. When asked for a simple "yes" or "no", if you can't answer, your only other response should be, "I don't know".

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

ARL Numbered Radiograms
During Practice Message Net

Beginning in January, the St. Louis Metro ARES Practice Message net will include ARL numbered Radiograms. Explanations and lessons will be presented through January and February, so you will have an opportunity to learn how these special Radiograms work.

ARRL FSD-3: emergency, welfare, and standard messages (Adobe Acrobat "PDF" format1)

New ARES Packet Procedures

Please read the packet page to find out about the recent upgrades and changes to the St. Louis Metro ARES packet system and bulletin board.

St. Louis Metro ARES meeting
Monday February 9, 2015
7:30 PM

The next St. Louis Metro ARES/RACES meeting will take place on Monday February 9, 2015. It will be held at Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital and start at 7:30 PM.

Bob Gale, WA4GDX, will talk about the County-Wide simplex exercise scheduled to take place on Saturday Februart 21st.

County-Wide Simplex Exercise
Saturday February 21, 2015
9:00 AM until 10:00 AM

St Louis Metro ARES 4 Zone map

St. Louis Metro ARES will conduct a City and County-wide simplex exercise on Saturday morning, February 21, 2015. The exercise will start at 9:00 am and run until 10:00 AM. All amateur radio operators are welcome to participate. The frequencies we will use are:

  • 146.850 MHz (-) (CTCSS = 141.3 Hz)
  • 147.510 MHz
  • 146.415 MHz
  • 147.435 MHz
  • 146.535 MHz
  • 147.585 MHz
Click here for complete instructions. (Adobe Acrobat "PDF" format1)

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.

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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

Field Station

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

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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

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


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.
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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

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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 County ARES® Yahoo group.

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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

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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