To provide support and communications to our served communities.

COMEX 2016 16-1 completed

The Communications Exercise between MARS and ARES held on February 12 is now in the books. Numbered 16-1, the report on the results was good. Communications were established with counties across the state with current conditions reported. Washington County ARES members had several participants. Thanks for your support of Amateur Radio and ARES!! We might be needed tomorrow, so good job in establishing communications.

Sign Up for a Skywarn Class; Schedule posted online

Skywarn classes for 2016 are posted on their web site. Just go to to view the class schedule. Both SARA and SEMARC sponsor a class in their area (Feb. 27 for SARA and Apr. 23 for SEMARC). This class and certification is a good one to have in your skill set. They must be renewed every two years. The material gets better every year, so join your fellow ARES members for the latest informative class. You can sign up on line.

WashCo ARES Build Day removed from April 23 due to conflict

The ARES Build Day is moved off from April 23 to a date To Be Determined due to a conflict with Skywarn Training. Stay tuned for new date.

Date Changes for NNET Newsletter

Please note two changes to the dates in the NNET Newsletter Jan - Apr: 1. MN VOAD date is set for March 19. 2. REP training date is changed to July 11 (two days earlier). The Drill will still be held July 20.

Wash County ARES, Minnesota ARES groups to participate in COMEX with MARS; New Feb. EX. coming February 12; stand by for notice

A February exercise is expected in the area of February 12. Stand-by for information to be sent to all ARES members on short notice. All Minnesota ARES groups have been asked to participate in a communications with MARS and the Department of Defense on November 7th and 8th. General information on the exercise can be found on the following web site: WWW.ARESMN.ORG . More information will be forth coming in future weeks, so stay tuned and get your calendar penciled in.

Simulated Emergency Test (SET) to be held Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015

The Simulated Emergency Test (SET) is scheduled for Saturday, October 3rd. The focus will be to provide communications for out partners with whom we have an MOU. We will use voice and FL digi to pass messages. We will also pass a message via NTS to Washington County, Oregon. ARES members will be asked to choose a site from which to operate. Theses will include hospitals, shelter sites, simulated EOC, and home QTH relay stations. We will meet at the Woodbury Old Country Buffet for a debrief and a meal after the drill. Hope all members can join in for this exercise.

Fall ARES Meeting for September 17; 6:30 PM

The fall meeting for ARES members is scheduled for September 17, 2015, at 6:30 PM. Location is Lakeview in Stillwater. Topics will include updated pages for the ARES Folder, briefing on the upcoming Simulated Emergency Test (SET) on October 3rd, ID Card update for those who have not received them, and additional topics. Room location is Hulings 1. Enter through the main door

Safety Expo provides much exposure to Amateur Radio

Washington County ARES members staffed two displays Saturday, May 2, at a Public Safety Expo organized by Washington County and the City of Woodbury. Many displays and demonstrations were available for members of the public. Washington County ARES Had a tower trailer in the main parking lot display area courtesy of Dave, KB0SED. The tower showed a critical asset available for emergency communications and public service events. Thanks, Dave!

ARES Build Day scheduled for Saturday, April 25; and held at Woodbury High School

Washington County ARES will hold its Build Day on Saturday, April 25, from 9:30 to 12 noon. The three projects will be NVIS antennas, FL digi and mesh network. Both hardware and software will be dealt with thanks to our ARES members who are experts in each of these areas. If you are interested in joining the group to participate or to observe, contact EC John Regan before coming. These projects will help our group be better prepared for communications duties and give us experience in the digital communications area.

AERO to offer AERO I and AERO II classes March 14

The Association of Emergency Radio Operators (AERO) will offer two classes valuable for emergency radio communicators. They are AERO I: Basic Emergency Communications Class, and AERO II: Net Controllers Class. Both Both classes will be held on March 14, AERO I 8:30 - 4 and AERO II 9-4. Registration must be completed by March 12. Register via email at

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