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.)

Mark Your Calendars! October 21, 2017
The Conference Committee is already working on the 2017 Wisconsin State ARES/RACES Conference.

Wisconsin's Tornado & Severe Weather Awareness Week - April 17-21, 2017
Schools, businesses, families, and individuals have two opportunities to test their emergency plans during statewide tornado drills on April 20, 2017. The drills are part of the annual spring severe weather campaign to encourage everyone in Wisconsin to be ready for possible tornadoes and severe weather.
For more information, take a look here at the information packet which includes information about the planned drills. (PDF 6.2 MB)
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.

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

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 2016 State Conference Review is online
The photos, videos and audio files are available now. Bob Aspinwall, WB9RND, has provided a really nice presentation of the talks this year. Now on your computer you will see not only the video of the speaker but his/her slides alongside of the presenter in a second wiindow. THANKS TO BOB!

You can find the link to the Review either in the main menu on the left or you can click here.
NEW!! SIMCOM 2017 Information

From Skip Sharpe, W9REL, comes this information about SIMCOM 2017. Take a look here!

Get to know Patrick Moretti, KA1RB
Section Manager (SM) WI

Click here to learn more about our new Section Manager.

Wisconsin ARES/RACES Supports the Wisconsin Governor’s Conference on Emergency Management and Homeland Security

Once again, Wisconsin ARES/RACES communicators staffed a booth at the Governor’s Conference on Emergency Management and Homeland Security. This year’s conference was held 8 and 9 March at the Chula Vista Resort in Wisconsin Dells.

Don Evenson, K9JYX, Sauk County ARES/RACES and Dave Parker, WB9WHG, Columbia County ARES/RACES volunteered their time Wednesday and Thursday meeting conference attendees and explaining how Wisconsin ARES/RACES can help support their communications needs during non-emergency events, exercises, and during disasters or emergencies. As a result, several conference attendees expressed an interest in getting an amateur radio license.

Gov Conf

In the picture from left to right are Dave Parker, WB9WHG, and Don Evenson, K9JYX at the WI ARES/RACES booth. (For a larger version, click on the photo.)

Editors Note
The Calendar I have been working with had some problems so I have installed one with a different format. Please let me know if you have any problems with it.
Also, I have been trying to populate the calendar with most of the events and activities I am aware of but if you don't see something there and it is of interest to ARES/RACES, drop me a line.


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.

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