To provide support and communications to our served communities.

First ARES meeting scheduled for March 5th (Note change to one week later)

All Washington COunty ARES Members are invited to attend the first meeting of the year. Scheduled for March 5th, it will include multiple topics including the schedule of activities and drills for the year, frequency information for ARES and AERO, deployment procedures for MNWASHCOARES. The time is 6:30 PM. Plan on attending!

AERO I and AERO II Training scheduled for February

The AERO I class is scheduled for February 9th from 9 am to 3 pm. AERO I focuses on proper radio procedures, presentation in person and on the radio, and how to prepare for deployment in time of need. Perquisite for the course is FEMA Course 100.b. There is no charge for the course.
AERO II is scheduled for February 16th and focuses on nets with emphasis on Net Controllers, Net Creation and establishment of net protocols. The perquisite for this course is AERO I. There is no charge for the course.

Public Service Training scheduled for February 10th

Our long awaited 800 MHz training/retraining has been scheduled for Sunday, February 10th at 1 PM. This is a Sunday afternoon and coincides with the regular DEMARC (Department of Emergency Management Amateur Radio Club) meeting at the SEOC. The training is entitled Public Service Training. If you are interested, contact John Regan by February 4. Prior approval and inclusion on the list are required for attendance.

December 15th Net Topic: The Year in Review

Our last ARES net of the year will have as its topic: "The Year in Review: What went well, what needs changing?" Join us for the net and participate in the discussion.

Ham Radio is active during Hurricane Sandy; check these sites (as of Nov. 5)

Here is a list of some of the sites that provide information on ham radio usage during the Hurricane Sandy response period.
1. Check the ARRL.org page under "News & Features" tab. The first two pages had three stories. There was quite a bit of activity across the eastern states.
2. Check New York ARECS page: www.nyc-arecs.org/sandy.html
3. Try http://articles.philly.com/2012-10-30/news/34796630_1_emergency-shelter-... ; you can copy and paste it in your browser or (joy) type it all in by hand (not recommended).

Minnesota ARES SET scheduled for October 20

The Minnesota ARES Simulated Emergency Test (SET) is scheduled for October 20th. The frequencies are listed on their web site. Check out the notice and participate if you can: http://www.minnesotaares.org .

6 October 2012 SET very successful, a step up for services

MN Washington County ARES has completed another very successful Simulated Emergency Test (SET) on Saturday, October 6th. Nineteen (19) ARES members participated in the event from more than ten (10) locations throughout Washington County Minnesota. The drill also combined with the American Diabetes Association (ADA) Walk-a-thon held in Stillwater at the same time under the leadership of George (KC0WOA) as communications director.

Simulated Emergency Test (S.E.T.) scheduled for October 6, Saturday

This year's Simulated Emergency Test (SET) is scheduled for Saturday, October 6th. We will be sending traffic from several locations within Washington County in support of SET. We will also roll this event into the ADA Walk-A-Thon in Stillwater under the leadership of George Madline(KC0WOA) as part of the drill, giving us a chance to pass real time traffic for a public service event. There will be a debrief following the drill. Get this date scheduled into your calendar for the morning of October 6th and plan to exercise your communications capabillity across Washington County.

Next MNWashCoARES Meeting June 19th; 6:15 PM: (Note time change)

The next regular MNWashCoARES meeting will be held on June 19th at 6:15 PM in the parking lot of All Saints Lutheran Church in Cottage Grove. The meeting will be in conjunction with the Prairie Island Relocation Drill in which we will be participating. The main topic will be drill preparation. Future events will also be covered. Plan to attend and spend time with your fellow Emcomm operators.

Hospital Communications Drill May 17th

WashCOARES members can participate in a hospital communications drill at 12 noon on Thursday, May 17th. The drill will start on the 147.180 Repeater (PL 74.4). The net will include a voice check in at 12 noon, a simplex check-in at 12:15 on 146.550 FM Simplex, and an FL Digi Net at 12:30 on 146.550 FM Simplex. Hospital details are included in a detailed email sent May 13. Check in and support our ARES training and preparation.

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