To provide support and communications to our served communities.

2013 Simulated Emergency Test Very Successful, Best Yet. Thanks and Kudos to Particpants!!

The 2013 SET was the best ever: the most participants, the largest distance covered, the most formal messages passed, the best digital message traffic, and more National Traffic System (NTS) traffic. 23 participants gathered in Washington County and extended as far as Pine County in the north to Goodhue County in the south. Both hf frequencies and 2 meter repeaters were used. Relay stations were necessary and effective. During the drill, traffic was passed across 120 miles of ether.

Simulated Emergency Test (SET) for Washington County Scheduled for Saturday, October 5, 9-11 AM

ARES members have chosen sites to staff and will communicate from those locations for the Simulated Emergency Test on Saturday, October 5th. The choice of a location is from a list of agencies with whom we have Memorandum's Of Understanding (MOU's).

Fall member meeting for ARES set for September 17; SET details to be presented

The fall meeting of the MNWASHCOARES group will be held on Tuesday evening, September 17th, 6:30 PM at the Red Cross building in Bayport, MN. The primary agenda item will be he details of the Simulated Emergency Test (SET) to be held on Saturday, October 5 from 9 - 11 am. Participants can pick their assignment station for the drill. We will also provide ID cards for those who are still without theirs and there will be copies of the MNWASHCOARES Folder for those who have not yet received them.

MNWASHCOARES AEC's prepare for SET Oct. 5-6

Assistant Emergency Coordinators (AEC's) are meeting to prepare for the Simulated Emergency Test (SET) scheduled for the first weekend in October. ARES members will staff stations and simulated stations for shelters, EOC's, hospitals, and feeding vehicles. Plans are also in the works to work with the MN State EOC as part of the drill. Messages will also be entered into the National Traffic System to other parts of the nation via Amateur Radio.

Kudos: Washington County ARES Group in QST

The July 2013 edition of QST lists the 2012 Simulated Emergency Test Results. Washington County ARES is listed on page 71 under the Dakota Division, MN Section with a score of 240. This is a nice formal recognition of the hard work, time, and dedication of our members in training and preparing for emergency communications. Kudos to every member for your support of ARES and your hard work!

ARES Go Kit Picnic scheduled for June 15th, Kargel Park in Woodbury. Come with your Go Kit or notebook!

The MNWASHCOARES Go Kit Picnic is scheduled for Saturday, June 15th, 11:30 AM, at Kargel Park in Woodbury. The address 9301 Tamarack Road ( go east from I-494 on Tamarack road past several stop lights such as Radio Drive, past Interlacken Parkway, and the park will appear on your right. The cross street is Moonlight).
Bring your Go Kit to share information with ARES members, or bring your notebook to get ideas for your next go kit. Either way, let John Regan know you are coming so adequate food will be available (hot dogs, brats, chips, pop and water). Hope to see you there!!

Build Day goes well, completes projects

Despite the cold and inhospitable weather, we had a good turnout of Washington County ARES members for construction projects. The largest group finished support bases for antenna masts for an elevated mobile 2m antenna with a base plate held down by a vehicle or a weight. It enables a ham to get an antenna up in the air 15 - 25 feet for better communications. We found a great welder in the group who stepped up and corrected and completed the top plates in Joe (KC0OIO). Several from that group also completed J-pole antennas from ladder line and TV lead in wire.

Red River of the North crests at Fargo: 33.32 feet

The Red River at Fargo-Moorhead crested early Wednesday morning at 33.32 feet. The mark is substantially below the earliest prediction of near 39 feet. This points up the critical parts played by melt rate and additional precipitation. Both were favorable to the safety and lack of serious flooding that eventually resulted for the area.

Build Day on track for Saturday, May 4th

MNWASHCOARES members will build projects this Saturday that enhance personal communications capabilities and increase ARES abilities throughout our area. Projects include aluminum mast supports (capable of holding a 25 foot mast with antenna next to a vehicle), ladder line J-pole, and a sound card interface for digital communications. These projects will enable members to communicate more effectively for our served agencies, especially those over the bluff in the St. Croix River Valley and the Grey Cloud Island area, also below a shadowing bluff.

Fargo-Moorhead Crest revised downward again, then once more

As of 4:15 pm Tuesday, April 30, the revised crest is 33.3 feet sometime on Wednesday. This downward revision is a significant bright light for these towns. It almost ensures that hams will not be needed this year. Thanks for maintaining Situational Awareness for this area. Flood concerns for Minnesota are diminishing with the melt.

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