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From Mark Rasmussen, N9MEA, ARRL Wisconsin Section Emergency Coordinator.....

"Welcome to the Wisconsin ARES/RACES website. I am honored by the opportunity to lead this dedicated group of amateur radio volunteers. Please explore our web site, the means by which we tell our story of service to various public and private agencies and ultimately to our communities. Come back often."

(For the complete text of N9MEA's "Welcome", click here.)
Wisconsin State ARES/RACES Conference 2016

Mark your calendar now for the 2016 State ARES/RACESConference. Keep October 22, 2016 set aside for the next GREAT Conference. We are already in the planning stage for another wonderful conference experience FOR YOU! Join us!
Watch this space for more information.

Help Support WeComm

(Message from Mark Rasmussen, N9MEA, ARRL Wisconsin Section Emergency Coordinator)
Hello everyone,
Here is a way for all of us to help support WeComm, who has been helping to support our role for many years.
If you use Amazon.com to make any of your on-line purchases, consider using Amazon Smile (http://goo.gl/qTnEfs) instead. It is the same old Amazon that you are used to except this link will allow .5% of your purchase to be donated back to WeComm. It doesn't cost you anything to use this. You can buy anything at Amazon Smile that you can purchase at the regular Amazon site. The link provided above will take you to an Amazon Smile login screen that is basically the same as the login for Amazon except that it automatically selects WeComm as the recipient of the donation.
Thanks to Bill Niemuth for his work on setting this up and I hope that the Amateur community can help out WeComm as much as they have helped us.

And one more:
WeComm is looking for a good late model Icom IC-706MKIIG (serial number starting with 15) for our Fox Cities Winlink RMS Relay Station. The 706 we were using took a severe static discharge and is unrepairable. WeComm is interested in a donation, a full purchase or a combination of a purchase and donation. If you have such a radio you want to part with, please contact Bill Niemuth atbniemuth@new.rr.com . Thank you. 

William M. Niemuth, KB9ENO 
President, WeComm, Ltd. 
ARRL Assistant Section Manager for Communications Infrastructure, Wisconsin

Wisconsin State ARES/RACES Conference 2016

Mark your calendar now for the 2016 State ARES/RACESConference. Keep October 22, 2016 set aside for the next GREAT Conference. We are already in the planning stage for another wonderful conference experience FOR YOU! Join us!
Watch this space for more information.

The latest issue of the Wisconsin ARES/RACES Newsletter is online
The Spring 2015 issue of the Newsletter has been posted online. To view it, you can use the Navigation system above or click here.
The Newsletter contains information on the State Conference and some Activities involving the Dunn County ARES/RACES group this summer.
Meet the new leaders stepping up in Wisconsin ARES/RACES

We people have stepped up to county leadership positions in Wisconsin ARES/RACES. When they took on their new responsibilities, they sent out messages to the other counties in their area and to the State leadership. Take a look at what they had to say here.
Wisconsin ARES/RACES Represented at the 2014 Governor's Conference on Emergency Management

East Central District EC Stan Piekarczyk, K9STN, Outagamie County EC John Kreski, AB9NN and Outagamie County AEC Andy Cox, KC9TAE represented Wisconsin ARES/RACES at the 2014 Wisconsin Governor’s Conference on Emergency Management and Homeland Security at the Paper Valley Hotel and Conference Center in Appleton in March.
For the complete story, click here.

Are you a Traffic Handler?

We are adding lots of Tips and Resources for the Traffic People out there. Go to the menu and look under "Training" or you can click here!
Are you going to participate in the Miles Paratus event in June?
Skip Sharpe, W9REL, has provided this information to help prepare using the ICS-213 General Message Form.
Click here for the PDF with the information.

Cross Band Communications Test
The US Army, Air Force, Navy and Coast Guard will cosponsor the Armed Forces Day Military/Amateur Radio Cross-Band Communications Test on Saturday, May 14, 2016. The event starts at 1200 UTC (0700CT), with activity continuing throughout the day.
For details, click here.
American Birkebeiner Ski Race Donates $2500.00 to Sawyer County ARES/RACES!
In response to the ongoing response to the "Birkie" they respond with some support of their own.
Click here to read the article from Wally Kruk, N9VAO.
STM Report - Wisconsin section
Check here for the latest STM Report and Tips from K9LGU
*** Editors Note ***
I have been trying to populate the calendar with most events and activities I am aware of but if you don't see something there and it is of interest to ARES/RACES, drop me a line.
The New ARRL Public Service Communications Manual Is Available
Download your copy here now.
This takes the place of "Section I: ARES of the Public Service Communications Manual".
Is New Member Recruitment one of your goals?
Ozaukee ARES/RACES (OZARES) is fully engaged in that process and developed a letter to explain ARES/RACES to potential Ham Radio operators. It could be used as a mailer or a handout. Take a look here and if you think it is something you can use, feel free to adapt it to your area.
Skip Sharpe, W9REL and Art Davidson, AC9CD, attended the 2015 Governors Conference and sent along a couple of photos.
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For a larger view, click on the image.

To read the current issue or look at past issues, just follow the link: http://www.arrl.org/FandES/field/ares-el/ To subscribe, users now need to click on "Edit Your Profile" near the top of the arrl.org home page and then click on "Edit Email Subscriptions" and then select the ARES E-Letter from the list of available items and then click "Save" at the bottom.
Gary Sorensen, W9ULK - Section Emergency Coordinator - WIS. ARES/RACES

The WI ARES/RACES WinLink Net meets every Tuesday during the 24-hour window of 0000-2400, local time. Check ins accepted by sending a Winlink message with call, first name, city and county to net control operator Jim (KB9MMC) kb9mmc@winlink.org  . All check ins are acknowledged. This net lets stations do a weekly check their sending and receiving capabilities, and a complete list of all check ins for the week are is to everyone who checks in on  Wednesday.
  A reminder of the net is sent each Monday morning. Short exercises or queries are sent about once a month with the reminder. Info bulletins or queries are sent anytime.
  All WinLink digital operators are welcome, there is no need to be a member of WI ARES/RACES.

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