Welcome!

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.)
NEW! The 2017 ARES/RACES State Conference Review is now available. Go to the menu on the left under "Conferences" or take this shortcut "HERE".
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 WeComm and I hope that the Amateur community can help out WeComm as much as they have helped us.

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.
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!

Abbreviated Incident Action Plan

Skip Sharpe, W9REL, has forwarded a new version of the "Abbreviated Incident Action Plan" Please review here or by going to the vertical menu on the left under "Governing Docs". It is also available on the menu at the bottom of this page.

Section Newsletter - Wisconsin section

Check here for the latest Newsletter from SM Patrick Moretti KA1RB. Contains the current STM Report and Tips from K9LGU.

STM Report

We are publishing Dennis Rybicke's STM Report each month in our website. Click here for the current report or in the menu at the bottom of the page..

ARRL Public Service Communications Manual &
ARRL Amateur Radio Emergency Service Manual

Public Service Communications Manual: PDF - 590KB

ARRL ARES Manual (2015): PDF - 2.6MB


NEW!! The ARES 2016 Annual Report

Based on reports submitted by ARRL Section Emergency Coordinators, with 54 out of 71 sections reporting in, here's what we know about the state of ARES in 2016.

ARES 2016 Report: PDF 248KB

ARRL ARES/RACES E-Letter

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 Newest WI ARES/RACES Brochure

Click here to take a look. PDF - 455KB

Wisconsin ARES/RACES Apparel Store Opening
Want to update your ARES/RACES wardrobe? The Apparel Store will be open on October 20th through Black Friday November 24. You will have 30 days to place orders and get them before the holidays! Super! On October 20th (not before) this link will be live to the Wisconsin ARES/RACES Apparel Store
https://www.co-store.com/WI-ARES/RACES
Hurricane - Puerto Rico Information
There is a lot of activity on the air centered on the Hurricane activity in the gulf and we have links to a lot of articles on our Facebook page for those that are interested:
https://www.facebook.com/wiaresraces/
This is an article on the ARRL website:
http://www.arrl.org/news/amateur-radio-s-force-of-fifty-answers-the-red-cross-call-in-puerto-rico

In addition this was received from Skip Sharpe, W9REL, Wisconsin RACES Chief Radio Officer :

*** REAL WORLD ... REAL WORLD *** *
As you know, a team of 50 volunteer amateur radio operators is currently deployed to Puerto Rico. Currently, there are discussions about sending follow on amateur radio teams to Puerto Rico to provide communications between facilities on the island and between the island and the mainland. - The following information is from Ross Merlin WA2WDT. Ross works for Dept of Homeland Security, National Coordinating Center for Communications as the SHARES project officer. SHARES stands for SHared Resources HF Radio Network Program. -- There is no currently scheduled mission, but US DHS NCC is collecting information from prospective volunteers. -- If a mission does come down, travel, lodging, and per diem will be paid for by the US Government. However there is no coverage for personal liaibility, workman's compensation, or job protection. A deployment may be from 3 to 4 weeks. If you contemplate volunteering, very close coordination between you, your employer, and your family is necessary. -- Living and operating conditions in Puerto Rico will be austere. There may be no air conditioning, or refrigeration available. You will work in a hot and humid environment from 12 to 16 hours a day. Sleeping accommodations may be on cots in a communal environment. You may have to walk several flights of stairs carrying equipment or to reach your operating location. -- This will be arduous, emotionally draining work. Do not volunteer if you are not up to the challenges of the assignment. * As I said, there is no current mission. This is only in preparation should a mission come down. - If you wish to be considered as a volunteer, please send an email to NCCSHARES at DHS.GOV. Put 'PR VOLUNTEER' in the subject line. -- Include in the text your licence class, personal equipment you have available for deployment, experience with WinLink or other digital modes, and if your HF equipment can operate on government SHARES frequencies.
*** REAL WORLD ... REAL WORLD ***

SIMCON Review from WI DMA

WI ARES/RACES gets a nice mention from the Deparment of Military afairs. Read the article here!

NEW!! SIMCOM 2017 Photos and Results

SIMCON 2017 is in the books now and we have photos forwarded by Char, KC9EVZ, and a capsule review and some statistics by Denny, K9LGU. (There were a lot of photos but I have posted a small representive group. Thanks to KC9EVZ for getting them!)
To take a look click here.

Brussels (#12) is READY!
On Thursday July 6th and Friday July 7th, several WeComm tech team members met to install the repeater and networking equipment at the Brussels site.

Take a look at an article and some photos from the installation of another part of the WeComm sytem.
Get to know Patrick Moretti, KA1RB
Section Manager (SM) WI

Click here to learn more about our new Section Manager.

WI ARES/RACES Winlink Net

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 Kevin, (KC9YPK) . 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.

The Wisconsin ARES/RACES Conference Committee would also like to thank the following for their generous donation of certificates and door prizes: ARRL, Cable Experts, CQ Communication, DX Engineering, HAM Call, HAM Radio Deluxe, HAM Radio Outlet (HRO), KB9VBR Antennas, MFJ Enterprises, Quicksilver Radio, RT Systems, Yaesu.
Wisconsin ARES/RACES Works With:
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