To provide support and communications to our served communities.

NW International Rowing Association Regatta to be held August 11 and 12; Amateur Radio Operators needed

The NW International Rowing Association will be holding their regatta on Lake Elmo on August 11 and 12 (Friday and Saturday). Radios in use will be 2m FM, 1.2 GHz D-star data and possibly Wi-Fi technical support. Operators are needed. If interested, please contact Ed at wb0vhf@arrl.net .

Washington County REP Training and Drill scheduled for July

The REP training is scheduled for Thursday, July 20th. Times are 8:30, 12 noon, and 2:30 pm. The Drill is scheduled for July 27th at 5 PM. Location is Park High School. Emails with details will be sent to ARES members. Please reserve the dates. We will need an additional operator this year for a total of 15. Hope you can join us.

MN Washington County ARES GO-Kit Picnic June 10th; 11 AM to ?

All Washington County ARES Members, SEMARC members and SARA members and Mining Radio club members are invited to attend. Hot dogs and burgers, chips, water and soda, and cookies will be available. BUT, the big part of the event will be having you bring your GO-Kit or mobile unit or portable unit to share with attendees. If you can bring one to share and to show, we all benefit and learn. Please let John (KA0HYR) know if you will be attending so I can have sufficient food; (its a shame to have to divide a hot dog four ways). Hope you can all attend.

MN VOAD Tailgate Event - June 15th, 6:30 PM

MN VOAD is hosting its Tailgate Event on June 15th from 6:30 - 8:00 PM. Location is Twin Cities Salvation Army Admin Offices in Roseville; 2445 Prior Avenue North. Contact Paul at KC0ESE@ARRL.NET if you have questions.

Washington County ARES meeting rescheduled for Thursday, March 16, 6:30 PM, CG Training Room

Due to serious Weather forecasts, this meeting is rescheduled for Thursday, March 16, at 6:30 PM in the Cottage Grove City Hall Training Room. Topics will include Schedule of ARES event for the year, Speakers from several of our served agencies, and a presentation on emergency deployment. We will also have materials to issue ID cards (if needed) and provide updated version of WashCoARES Folder V 3.1. Hope you can join us.

MN VOAD Conference Set for March 18; ARES presentation and Breakout session included

The annual MN VOAD (Volunteer Agencies Active in Disasters) Conference is scheduled for March 18 from 9 am to 4 pm in Maplewood. This session will feature a breakout presentation on ARES. The session is the first in several years. It would be good to have ARES members there. ARES will also have a booth. You may register to attend on the MNVOAD.org website. A registration fee is required. Hope a few of you can attend.

ARES Meeting set for March 6; 6:30 PM

The first Washington County ARES Meeting for 2017 is set for March 6th, 6:30 PM at the Cottage Grove City Hall (12800 Ravine Parkway South). We will meet in the Training Room. The meeting will include a tour of the new facility. Topics will include Schedule of ARES event for the year, Speakers from several of our served agencies, and a presentation on emergency deployment. We will also have materials to issue ID cards (if needed) and provide updated version of WashCoARES Folder V 3.1. Hope you can join us.

Upcoming Interoperability Exercise with U.S. Military and Amateur Radio

An Amateur Radio-military interoperability exercise will take place October 31 and November 1. The event will begin at 1200 UTC on October 31 and continue through 2359 UTC on November 1 on 60 meter channels 1-4 —5.3305 MHz, 5.3465 MHz, 5.357 MHz, and 5.3715 MHz, respectively.

During this exercise, military stations will attempt to make radio contact with stations in as many of the 3007 US counties as possible. Radio amateurs providing “county status” information will receive a US Department of Defense “interoperability QSL card.”

Washington County ARES 2016 S.E.T.Drill Completed

Washington County ARES successfully conducted its annual Simulated Emergency Test (SET) across September 22-24, 2016. The scenario was a Pandemic like outbreak requiring Washington County ARES members to communicate from their home station or portable station. This SET test used multiple bands and modes to assess ARES capabilities. QSO's were obtained on HF and VHF and used voice, CW, and digital modes. A secondary goal was to get an 80% participation rate among the 31 members.

Details on S.E.T. drill for times, frequencies

The S.E.T. 2016 drill will be held as a Shelter In Place drill for ARES hams on Sept. 22-24 with details below. We will try for all DC/Emergency/Generator power, if you can. Hope to hear you !!
THURSDAY, Sept. 22: Start 2000, End about 2030, 3.583 MHz USB, Olivia 8-500 ;;
FRIDAY, Sept. 23: Start 0600, End 0730, 28,110 MHz, CW
Start 0730, End 0900, 7.293 MHz LSB, Voice
Start 1600, End 1800, 3.816 MHz LSB, Voice
Start 1805, End 1900, 5.332 MHz USB, Voice, 60M
Start 1800, End 1900, 28,110 MHz, CW End Friday ;;

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