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Current Activation Status

See this page for current MN Washington County ARES deployment status.

No Activation at this time

Washington County ARES has conducted the 2017 Simulated Emergency Test (SET) Drill on September 7th, 14th, 15th, and 16th. Details appear below. ARES members will continue training using nets, meetings, and public service events.

Log in for Scenario & Plan and ARRL Form A SET Report.


Welcome to Washington County ARES

All ARES members are asked check into the following nets each week.
First Sunday of the month, ARES Net for Washington County; 7 PM; 146.985-
15th of the month, ARES Net for Washington County; 7 PM; 146.985-
Wednesday: SEMARC ARES & Activity Net: 8 PM; SARA Ragchew Net: 9 PM
Digital Nets: SARA FL Digi Thur 7 PM 75 meters & SEMARC FL Digi Wed 8:30 PM SEMARC Repeater

Trending to Group Texting for alerting function

The Alert function for our ARES Group is moving the phone tree notification of a call-out down lower on the list. We will institute a Group Text function as the first level of notification, followed by the nets on repeaters and simplex and then the phone tree. EC John will be contacting each of you regarding your text receive capabilities and additional input for this alert function. Expect to have this done this spring prior to the spring storm season.

Mobile and Go-Kit Picnic is scheduled for July 28

The Mobile and Go-Kit Picnic is scheduled for Saturday, June 28. SEMARC club is the sponsor. Location is tentatively set for Ojibway Park in Woodbury. All ARES, SEMARC and SARA members are invited to attend this fun event. Bring your latest and greatest Mobile rig or Go-kit to share with your fellow hams. Also, bring your notebook to gather new ideas to take home with you.

REP Drill scheduled for June 12

The 2018 REP Drill is scheduled for June 12; approximate start time 5 pm. Please pencil this into your calendar. We will need 14-16 members to sign up. Location is the same as last year. Hands on Training is scheduled for May 23. Your support is requested for this important drill. Please contact EC Regan to sign up.

ARES Meeting set for March 12, 2018; 6:30 PM, Lakeview Hospital

The first ARES meeting of the year is scheduled for Monday, March 12, 6:30 PM at Lakeview Hospital in Stillwater. Agenda items include Update on changing ARRL ARES policy, Issue of new ID cards, Calendar of events for the year, REP training and Drill information, and other items of concern. Hope you can join us.

DOD MARS and Amateur Radio to take part in Communications Interoperability Exercise November 4-6

ARRL has announced that "elements if the US Department of Defense (DOD) will conduct a "communications interoperability" training exercise on November 4-6." A high power bulletin will be broadcast on 60 meter Channel 1 on Saturday, from 0300UTC to 0315 UTC. More details are available on the ARRL website under the News tab on October 24. Check the site and search for more details on this exercise. MNWashCO ARES Net on Sunday, November 5, will take infrastructure reports for counties of the amateur and relay them to the MARS representative.

Washington County ARES Simulated Emergency Test (SET) scheduled for Sept 14-16

The 2017 Washington County ARES SET will be held across three days this year (Sept. 14, 15, and 16. The test will include use of voice, digital, and CW modes with both check-ins and message handling. Email with details to be released soon. In the mean time, check into your club nets, the MN ARES HF FL digi Net on Thursdays at 8 PM, and the Metro District ARES Net on the first Thursday of each month at 12:30 (details in the prior posting on this site).

Metro District ARES Net Thursday, Sept. 7; Old Hospital Compact Net

Join us for this net on the 146.700 HC Repeater at 12:30 pm for our ARES check-ins. Hospitals are called in roll call order, followed by emergency organizations and then general check-ins. This Thursday, we will follow with an FL digi net with voice check-ins on the repeater followed by digital communications on 144.950 in the check-in roll call order. Join us if you can, or at least listen using FL digi.

MARS sets Interoperability Communications Exercise for August 15

The US Department of Defense (DOD) Military Auxiliary Radio Service (MARS) operators in the U.S., Germany, and Japan will take part in an interoperability exercise on Monday, August 15, from 1200 UTC to 2359 UTC. The focus of the exercise is "to train during a simulated communications-constrained environment using radio-only communications capabilities." MARS operators will encourage communications with Amateur Radio operators at eh local and regional levels using HF, VHF, and UHF frequencies. The use of interoperability channels on 60 meters- especially 5330.5 and 5346.5 KHz.

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