To provide support and communications to our served communities.

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

Washington County ARES Meeting set for March 2

The first regular meeting of the year for the Washington County ARES group will be held on Monday, March 2, at 6:30 PM in the Woodwinds Admin. Conference Room. Al members are invited to attend. There will be guest speakers from Washington County and Healtheast Hospitals. New ID cards will be issued to members as current ones expire in March. Activities for the year will also be reviewed and questions answered. Other items of concern will be addressed.

MNWASHCO ARES Net Schedule Appears Below; Join us on frequency 146.985 negative offset, 7 pm

Washington County ARES
Net Control Station Schedule - 2015
146.985, Negative offset, No tone (until further notice); future change to 147.180+, PL 74.4
Month Date Day Topic
January 15th Sun What would you like to see in 2015 net topics and activities
February 1st Sun General comments; Go Kits and what you have learned about them
15th Sun Incident Command System Review - See MNWASHCOARES Folder
March 1st Sun MNWASHCOARES Emergency Plan - Review; QSY to 146.52 for Check-in
15th Sun Types of Nets: Resource, Tactical, Traffic, Command;EmCHbk-6,PSHdbk-14

Washington County ARES members Review 2014, look toward 2015 with suggestions

The January 15th (2015) ARES Net asked members who checked into the net three questions: (1) What topics would you like kept or added to the Net topics?; (2) Which activities should we keep for 2015; (3) What new ARES activities should we add for 2015?

A. Topics for the Net: Those who commented on this issue indicated that Net topics should remain the same. No additional topics were suggested. Keep Basic Message Handling.

Washington County ARES heads into the winter period

This is the time when we head into the winter months. Several things become our focus for this period. First, we recharge our batteries, both our physical self and our deep cycle/combination batteries. The boat batteries for the trolling motor can be charged and on stand by for the winter in the event of need (e.g. the dreaded ice storm with attendant power outage). Second, we can check into new nets, meet hams from around the metro, and see how others do it. Its good to set those relationships anew.

Simulated Emergency Test (SET) in progress October 4th 2014

Washington County ARES is conducting its Simulated Emergency Test (SET) Saturday, October 4th, at multiple sites in Washington County and additional metro sites. Communications are being provided from hospitals, shelter sites, and a simulated EOC site. Formal written messages are being passed in both voice and digital formats (email, ICS 213, and ARRL Radiogram). FM and hf frequencies are in use.

ARES meeting on Simulated Emergency Test (SET) set for Tuesday, September 16, 6:30 PM at Woodwinds

A Washington County ARES Meeting for all members is set for Tuesday, September 16, at 6:30 PM in the Woodwinds Administrative Conference Room. The plan and schedule of events for the SET will be handed out and reviewed at that meeting. Also, the latest copy of the ARES Folder will be distributed for use in the drill. It will include summary instructions for sending formal written traffic. Everyone is encouraged to attend. Contact EC John Regan, KA0HYR, if you have a conflict.

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