The videos and some photos (still adding some in) from the 2018 Conference are now available here on the website. You can select them by going to "Conferences" in the left column or you can Click Here.


From Kyle Schaefer, KC9SDK, 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."

We hope you enjoyed the 20th Annual State ARES/RACES Conference as much as we enjoyed bringing it to you!

We would like to know how you felt about this years conference. Would you please take a few minutes and answer the questions on these surveys. We want to make the 2019 conference even better and we need your advice. Please, take a few minutes and answer these two surveys so we can see what was interesting and what can be improved.

Thank you!

OCTOBER 19, 2019

Welcome to Our New SEC
We now have a NEW SEC in Wisconsin ARES/RACES! Please welcome Kyle Schaefer, KC9SDK, to his new position in Wisconsin ARES/RACES.

And a thank you should also go out to Mark Rasmussen, N9MEA, For his service to our organization.

ARES Connect
Amateur Radio Emergency Service Transitioning to New Online Reporting System 02/20/2018 The Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) will phase out the traditional ARES report forms later this year in favor of an online system called ARES Connect, a volunteer management, communications, and reporting system.
For more information on ARES Connect, go to the ARRL website.
Wisconsin ARES/RACES SE District Certification and Credentialing Opportunity
The Wisconsin ARES/RACES SE District is providing an opportunity for all licensed amateur radio operators to receive instruction for FEMA ICS courses 100, 700, 200, and 800. These courses are required for basic and advanced certification and credentialing for Wisconsin ARES/RACES.
To see more information, click here! (PDF 42KB)
Welcome to our new West Central DEC
Joshua Roskos, KC9WWH, has accepted the position of WC DEC. His letter of introduction is posted here.
We have a new EC in Portage County
Please welcome Nick Proulx, KC9YLK. His introduction is posted here!
Meet the new leaders stepping up in Wisconsin ARES/RACES

These 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.
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 to make any of your on-line purchases, consider using Amazon Smile ( 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.

ARRL Public Service Communications Manual &
ARRL Amateur Radio Emergency Service Manual

Public Service Communications Manual: PDF - 590KB

ARRL ARES Manual (2015): PDF - 2.6MB


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 Jim , KB9MMC. All check ins are acknowledged. This net lets stations do a weekly check on 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.

New: ARRL 2017 Annual Report
Click here to view the report. Forward from Skip, W9REL.
New: Bulletins from Skip Sharpe, W9REL
I've recently picked up the extra duty of ASEC for Training. One of the things I'll do is publish a Training Bulletin every few weeks. There is a new link in the menu for these bulletins. I've posted TB#1 and TB#2.
An Article from the ARRL Website
SIMCOM Review from WI DMA

WI ARES/RACES gets a nice mention from the Deparment of Military afairs. Read the article here!

NEW!! SIMCOM 2018 Is on it's way

The information you need for SIMCOM 2018 is ready. Click here to get a look.


At this years conference we paid tribute to Don Michalski W9IXG and his leadership role in Wisconsin ARES/RACES.  Don Michalski was our Section Manager from 1999 – 2015. 

Don’s dedication and commitment to public service helped provide a strong foundation for Wisconsin ARES/RACES.  That is why it was unanimous to permanently change the Wisconsin ARES/RACES Senior Leadership Award, to the Don Michalski Leadership Award.

We are honored that Don’s family could attend and present the award. Don might be gone but we know that his legacy and hard work will continue-on.

Thanks to Michael KB9VBR for recording this tribute.  

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

Click here to learn more about our new Section Manager.


To read the current issue or look at past issues, just follow the link: To subscribe, users now need to click on "Edit Your Profile" near the top of the 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 Newest WI ARES/RACES Brochure

Click here to take a look. PDF - 455KB

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.

STM Report

We are publishing Dennis Rybicke's STM Report each month in our website. Click here for the current report or in the menu at the bottom of the page..


The Wisconsin ARES/RACES Conference Committee would also like to thank the following for their generous donation of certificates and door prizes: ARRL, N3FJP, Buckmaster International, CQ Communications, RT Systems, Family of W9IXG, Cable X-perts, Unified Microsystems, Ham Radio Outlet (HRO), KB9VBR Antennas, West Mountain Radio, Tigertronics, Yaesu.
Wisconsin ARES/RACES Works With:
arrl WEM Amber alert
FEMA Skywarn WeComm