Muscatine County ARES - Amateur Radio Emergency Service
Join Our ARES Team! ARES ID# 139IAØ1 Phone: 563-506-0304
CALLING ALL MUSCATINE, LOUISA & CEDAR COUNTY AMATEUR RADIO OPERATORS!
Your help is needed in times of emergency to provide emergency communications for Muscatine, Louisa & Cedar Counties, as well as our surrounding counties. ARES is an ARRL affiliated organization, but you do not have to be a member of the ARRL to be a member of the Muscatine, Louisa or Cedar County Amateur Radio Emergency Service.
The Amateur Radio Emergency Service® (ARES) consists of licensed amateurs who have voluntarily registered their qualifications and equipment, with their local ARES leadership, for communications duty in the public service when disaster strikes.
ARES can be activated before, during, or after an emergency. Generally, ARES handles all emergency messages, including those between government emergency management officials.
To register with ARES, complete ARRL Form FSD-98 and send, or give it to your local EC - Emergency Coordinator. The EC for Muscatine & Louisa County is Scott Richardson - NØMRZ, the Assistant ECs are Kevin Kramer - N2AM or Wayland Gray - KI6KIB (Muscatine Co), and Michael Hafner - WØHAF (Louisa Co). Contact Gary Hartig - KØWLC in (Cedar Co) We need your contact information, information about any special training you have, license class, and a list of the FEMA training courses completed, equipment and the modes you can operate.
MAKE A DIFFERENCE
If you have an amateur radio licence, are interested in amateur radio public service communications, and want to make a commitment to help our community in their time of need, Then this is the organization for you! By joining ARES we can achieve that goal.
Every licensed amateur, regardless of membership in ARRL or any other local or national organization is eligible to apply for membership in ARES. Training may be required or desired to participate fully in ARES. Please inquire with the Muscatine ARES EC for specific information. ARES is an Amateur Radio program, therefor, only licensed radio amateurs are eligible for membership. The possession of emergency-powered equipment is desirable, but is not a requirement.
PARTICIPATE IN DRILLS
As a member Muscatine, Louisa or Cedar County ARES you will get the opportunity to train and take part in non-emergency training drill scenarios that might include:
Railroad derailment - HazMat Spills
Search and Rescue operations
THE ARES MISSION STATEMENT
The mission of the Muscatine, Louisa & Cedar County Amateur Radio Emergency Service®, Inc. is to provide reliable and alternate communications to our served agencies in times of emergency, disaster, or national crisis. This is accomplished through the training of ARES® volunteers in communication procedures, national operational procedures as required by FEMA (ICS, NIMS) and the development of the technical skills necessary to complete their communication missions under a variety of situations including adverse communication conditions.
EMERGENCY PLANNING FREQUENCY
The emergency planning VHF simplex frequency for District 5, Muscatine & Louisa County ARES is 146.445, see the map on the Resources page to find out the frequencies designated to other Iowa Counties. Our UHF simplex frequency is 446.445.
Thank you for your consideration,
C. Scott Richardson - NØMRZ
Muscatine & Louisa County Emergency Coordinator
146.445 Emergency Planning Simplex Channel
Muscatine / Louisa
146.445 - VHF
446.445 - UHF
Meetings are held at 7:00pm on the 4th Monday of each month on ZOOM. It is an open meeting and all are invited to attend. Send an email to get on the invite list.
The Muscatine County ARES team has an "On-The-Air" net / meeting on the 146.910 - MARC repeater at 2100 (9:00pm) every Sunday evening. That is immediately followed by a quick net on the 146.985 Wapello, IA repeater, then a simplex net on our emergency frequency of 146.445. All licensed amateurs are welcome (and encouraged) to check in to both nets.
The Washington County ARES team has their "On-The-Air" net on Monday nights on the 147.045 WAARC repeater at 7:30pm, or immediately following the weekly WAARC 2 meter net.