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Welcome to the Wisconsin ARES ® RACES Web site! This site is created for WI ARES/RACES members and served agencies as an information portal.

Please use it to improve your communications.

On Air ARES/RACES Net Information:

Operators interested in this net are requested to check it weekly for current info on the State ARES/RACES HF Net.Primary frequency is 3967.0 with 3977.5 as the alternate.
For information on all of the State ARES/RACES nets, click here.

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.)

The 17th Annual State ARES/RACES Conference and
ARRL Convention is almost here!

Registration is now open!
It's time to REGISTER for the 17th Annual Wisconsin ARES/RACES State Conference!

Read the Official Conference Announcement Here!

Register for the conference Here!

Check out the 17th Annual ARES/RACES Itinerary - Click Here

**NEW** Hello all ...

It's time for Wisconsin Ares/Races to decide who is going to receive the EC of the Year award and the Senior Leadership Award at the State Conference. You are reading this so you can participate in selecting the nominees for these awards. Who in Wisconsin ARES/RACES would you like to see recognized for their outstanding work in ARES/RACES or for some particularly significant project to promote or raise the visibility of Wisconsin ARES/RACES?
Just drop a line to with the nominee's name and a short explanation of why you want this person recognized. The Awards Committee will take it from there. We look forward to hearing from you. Don't delay. Let us know about the great ARES/RACES people that you know!

The Wisconsin ARES/RACES Awards Committee

**NEW** Messages from Bill Niemuth, KB9ENO
WeComm has some Equipment for sale.

There is quite a list and decent prices also. Take a look at http://www.wecomm.org/index.php/wecommforsale for the list and some of the pricing. WeComm is hoping to seel the equipment before the State Conference and deliver it at the Conference itself. The equipment is already starting to sell so check now for anything you might like!
There is more equipment coming so check back in the next few weeks..

WeComm Treasurer

WeComm is taking applications for the Treasurer position. The new Treasurer will start in April 2015. The ideal candidate will have a financial background and education in accounting, finance or business analysis. This volunteer position will work with WeComm's President to ensure WeComm's accounting is accurate and reports are made to the Board of Directors on a timely basis. The Treasurer also works with the outside tax preparation firm on an annual basis to ensure IRS filings are made accurately and timely.
Broad experience in Microsoft Excel is essential and Quick Books helpful, but we can train Quick Books.
If you are interested in becoming an officer for a progressive and exciting 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization, please send your resume to Bill Niemuth, President, WeComm, Ltd. at .
We embrace diversity in our organization and encourage you to apply.
Thanks guys.
William M. Niemuth, KB9ENO
President, WeComm, Ltd.
ARRL Assistant Section Manager for Communications Infrastructure, Wisconsin

Do you have questions about location and frequencies of the equipment on the WeComm Network, take a look!
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://smile.amazon.com/ch/87-0762097 ) 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.
A new presentation about ARES/RACES from Skip
CRO Skip Sharpe, W9REL, has put together a very nice multi-media presentation to familiarize people with what ARES/RACES is all about. It includes speakers notes.
Click here to access the files. (This link is also available from the main menu under "Training.")
Some photos from the Senior Staff meeting and the presentation to Don, W9IXG
At the ARES/RACES Senior Staff meeting in Shawano, there was a presentaion made to Don, W9IXG, for his years of service. Take a look here.
Updated: Weather Spotter Training Schedule

W9AWX on his twitter feed provided the link to the Wisconsin 2015 Storm Spotter Traing schedules:

Click here for the current list.

NEW! Severe Storm Season Interview - John Kreski, AB9NN
"My latest interview, this time with TV 2 - Green Bay, at the request of Outagamie County Emergency Management. We talked about the coming severe storm season for about a half hour in our back yard. Video of our base station antenna and our car. Click the link for the video. Photos taken by Jane during the interview! "
Read the interview, watch the video here.
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.
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.

The New ARRL Public Service Communications Manual is available
NEW! Minnesota ARES invites Wisconsin participation in Vital Connection Exercise

Take a look at theVital Connections 2015 Amateur HF Command Net Drill! Click here for all of the details.
Take a look at an article submitted by Art, AC9CD, EC Ozaukee County, about the ARES/RACES participation in a execise conducted by the Ozaukee County Sheriff’s Office, Division of Emergency Management and the Wisconsin National Guard. Read the report here.
The Recap of the 2014 State Conference is Online!
The ARES/RACES State Conference photos and audio files are online. Take look here.
And the Powerpoint presentations have been added to the appropriate pages of the 2014 Conference Recap. So if you want to see the graphics to go along with the audio, there it is.
NEW The latest issue of the Wisconsin ARES/RACES Newsletter is online
The Spring 2015 Newsletter has been posted online. To view it, you can use the Navigation system above or click here.
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.
Dodge and Columbia County ARES Members help the Sheriff's Department track some interference
For a report on the Dodge and Columbia Counties ARES groups using their radio skills to help track down intererferance to Dodge County 911, go to the County Page and click on Dodge County.
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
Go Kits
During the Upcoming ARES/RACES State Conference in October, there will a discussion of Go Kits. The state memebership has been invited to submit photos of their Go Kits to the website and newsletter before the conference to give everyone an idea of what is being discussed and what some members have already put together.
We have received our first submission. Take a look at what Denny, K9LGU/STM, has supplied here.
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.
**NEW** Hello from the new SW DEC
**NEW** Hello from the New EC from Waukesha Couty and .....
**NEW** Hello from a new EC for Oconto County.
If your ARES/RACES group supplies me a copy of your newsletter, it will be posted on your County page.

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.

Skip Sharpe, W9REL, forwarded this monthly newsletter to see if it is of interest to our ARES/RACES Members.. What do you think?
Click here for the newsletter.

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!
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