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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 2016 Simulated Emergency Test (SET) Drill on September 24th. 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.

DO NOT SELF DEPLOY

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

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.

NW International Rowing Association Regatta to be held August 11 and 12; Amateur Radio Operators needed

The NW International Rowing Association will be holding their regatta on Lake Elmo on August 11 and 12 (Friday and Saturday). Radios in use will be 2m FM, 1.2 GHz D-star data and possibly Wi-Fi technical support. Operators are needed. If interested, please contact Ed at wb0vhf@arrl.net .

Washington County REP Training and Drill scheduled for July

The REP training is scheduled for Thursday, July 20th. Times are 8:30, 12 noon, and 2:30 pm. The Drill is scheduled for July 27th at 5 PM. Location is Park High School. Emails with details will be sent to ARES members. Please reserve the dates. We will need an additional operator this year for a total of 15. Hope you can join us.

MN Washington County ARES GO-Kit Picnic June 10th; 11 AM to ?

All Washington County ARES Members, SEMARC members and SARA members and Mining Radio club members are invited to attend. Hot dogs and burgers, chips, water and soda, and cookies will be available. BUT, the big part of the event will be having you bring your GO-Kit or mobile unit or portable unit to share with attendees. If you can bring one to share and to show, we all benefit and learn. Please let John (KA0HYR) know if you will be attending so I can have sufficient food; (its a shame to have to divide a hot dog four ways). Hope you can all attend.

MN VOAD Tailgate Event - June 15th, 6:30 PM

MN VOAD is hosting its Tailgate Event on June 15th from 6:30 - 8:00 PM. Location is Twin Cities Salvation Army Admin Offices in Roseville; 2445 Prior Avenue North. Contact Paul at KC0ESE@ARRL.NET if you have questions.

Washington County ARES meeting rescheduled for Thursday, March 16, 6:30 PM, CG Training Room

Due to serious Weather forecasts, this meeting is rescheduled for Thursday, March 16, at 6:30 PM in the Cottage Grove City Hall Training Room. Topics will include Schedule of ARES event for the year, Speakers from several of our served agencies, and a presentation on emergency deployment. We will also have materials to issue ID cards (if needed) and provide updated version of WashCoARES Folder V 3.1. Hope you can join us.

MN VOAD Conference Set for March 18; ARES presentation and Breakout session included

The annual MN VOAD (Volunteer Agencies Active in Disasters) Conference is scheduled for March 18 from 9 am to 4 pm in Maplewood. This session will feature a breakout presentation on ARES. The session is the first in several years. It would be good to have ARES members there. ARES will also have a booth. You may register to attend on the MNVOAD.org website. A registration fee is required. Hope a few of you can attend.

ARES Meeting set for March 6; 6:30 PM

The first Washington County ARES Meeting for 2017 is set for March 6th, 6:30 PM at the Cottage Grove City Hall (12800 Ravine Parkway South). We will meet in the Training Room. The meeting will include a tour of the new facility. Topics will include Schedule of ARES event for the year, Speakers from several of our served agencies, and a presentation on emergency deployment. We will also have materials to issue ID cards (if needed) and provide updated version of WashCoARES Folder V 3.1. Hope you can join us.

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