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Cedar County ARES - Amateur Radio Emergency Service
Join Our ARES Team!      ARES ID# 031IAØ1        Phone: 563-506-0304

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  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. Contact Scott Richardson - NØMRZ in (Cedar County, Iowa)   


  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.


  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.


  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

  • Flash floodings

  • Plane crashs

  • Hillslides

  • Tornados

  • Search and Rescue operations


  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.


  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,

Scott Richardson - NØMRZ

Cedar County Emergency Coordinator

146.445 Emergency Planning Simplex Channel

Cell: 563-506-0304


Form FSD-98
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