From Gary Sorensen, W9ULK, ARRL Wisconsin Section Emergency CoordinatorWelcome to the Wisconsin ARES/RACES website. I am honored by the opportunity to lead this dedicated group of 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.
To read Gary's complete "Welcome Statement", click here.
Notes from the SEC. Click here
NEW! From Kathy Schramm, Wisconsin ARES/RACES Conference Chairperson, ASEC Marketing and RecruitingThe Wisconsin ARES/RACES Conference has hit a milestone. We are proud to tell you that this is the 15th year of the conference. The conference committee is working behind the scenes to finalize the speakers for this year. We will be announcing more about the conference in the weeks ahead. But make sure you mark this date on your calendar, October 19th at the McMillan Public Library in Wisconsin Rapids. Doors will open for registration at 9:00 AM.
We look forward to seeing you all there,
Message from Bill Niemuth, KB9ENO
WeComm is looking for a good late model Icom IC-706MKIIG (serial number starting with 15) for our Fox Cities Winlink RMS Relay Station. The 706 we were using took a severe static discharge and is unrepairable. WeComm is interested in a donation, a full purchase or a combination of a purchase and donation. If you have such a radio you want to part with, please contact Bill Niemuth at . Thank you. William M. Niemuth, KB9ENO President, WeComm, Ltd. ARRL Assistant Section Manager for Communications Infrastructure, Wisconsin
A new presentation about ARES/RACES from SkipCRO 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.")
NEW! Some photos from the Senior Staff meeting and the presentation to Don, W9IXGAt 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.
Meet the new leaders stepping up in Wisconsin ARES/RACESWe 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 Barron County EC
Weather Spotter Training Schedule
Tom Kucharski, ASEC NWS, has just sent us a refreshed list of WX Spotter Training Schedules for the State of Wisconsin.
The Wisconsin ARES/RACES Newsletter is BACK!Stephanie, KC9TZW, WI ARES/RACES NE District ADEC PIO, has put together the first in the bi monthly newsletters for Wisconsin ARES/RACES personnel.Please take a look here, and then consider making a contribution to the next one. This is a great way to let everyone in the state know what is happening in your county.
The January 2013 Newsletter is now Available!
NEW! ANNUAL ARMED FORCES DAY CROSSBAND MILITARY/AMATEUR RADIO COMMUNICATIONS TEST
The Army, Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard are co-sponsoring the annual military/amateur radio communications tests in celebration of the 63rd Anniversary of Armed Forces Day (AFD). 11 MAY 2013
Here is all the information!
The 2012 State Conference Recap and photos
Many photos from the 2012 ARES/RACES conference have been posted along with audio playback of several parts of the conference.
Take a look here!
New Photos PostedSauk County has supplied some new photos . Go HERE and click on the Sauk County.
New Announcements postedNew Announcements about a combined Field Day for Dunn and Pepin counties and a new list of upcoming activities in Dunn County. Please select the appropriate page from the ARES County map.
ARRL ARES/RACES E-Letter
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.
More Tornado InformationHere are two files related to Tornado Awareness Week. These files are from RACES CRO Skip Sharpe - W9REL. Thank you Skip. Also, take note of the State ARES/RACES website page with the Twitter Feeds for the notations on activations or other important messages. http://www.wi-aresraces.org/twitter-feeds.shtml Don't forget, if your county ARES/RACES unit is activated you must advise your DEC and me. This does not apply to routine Skywarn self-activations for spotting purposes. Follow the guidance from your National Weather Service liaison in that regard if your ARES/RACES team serves in a Skywarn role. I will keep Section Manager Don Michalski and ARRL Hdqrs. informed of activations on the ARES side and in the event of a RACES governmental side activation we all would need to be getting word to Skip Sharpe in his capacity as Chief Radio Officer for RACES. Tornado Awareness Fact Sheet: PDF 254KB 2011 Tornado Awareness Packet: PDF 274KB
NEW! - WI ARES/RACES Winlink Net
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 Stan (WB9RQR) at email@example.com, and our back up net control operator Jim (KB9MMC) firstname.lastname@example.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.
You can access this PDF here and also in the navigation bar under Information > Mutual Aid
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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