Amateur Radio Emergency Service

Last updated: 1700 hrs 22 April 2017
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Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service

A.R.E.S./R.A.C.E.S. - Amateur Radio Emergency Service serving greater Spokane County and surrounding regions. Providing communications support for public service events, and emergency communications support for local through national government and other non-government agencies.

How to join ARES / RACES
Please bookmark this page. ***Remember the Tuesday night ARES net. 8:00pm on the 147.30+ (100Hz) Spokane County Department of Emergency Management Repeater.

August 17, 2017 Training
APRS will be the focus of this month's training. APRS is more than just geolocation tracking, come learn more about the messaging capabilities of APRS.


Repeater Etiquette
Net Preamble
Where W7GBU Came From
Net Control Station
(The Principles Thereof)
The A.R.E.S. Plan
Calendar of Events
Ham Radio Testing Schedule
Eastern Washington Section News
Incident Command System
(An Overview of)
The Amateur Code
Equipment Lists
Ham Radio Links
Winlink (Digital Messaging) Information
Status Codes
Mentor Programs

Event Recap

Saturday July 29, 2017

5th Saturday Exercise & Barbecue

The 5th Saturday exercise was a great success. The objective was to deploy to as many remote locations as possible to test communications paths for both voice and digital. Using repeaters and Simplex modes of operation as well as Winlink communication using Winlink forms was tested.

The group deployed to nine outlying cities with net control from the Fire Training Center. In many locations we had more than one operator, which made for a good day of Elmering. For Simplex operations, net control was transferred to Krell hill. All stations passed a variety of traffic including an ARRL Radiogram by phone (voice over repeater) and using a Winlink ARRL Radiogram form. Near the end of net operaions, each station sent an ICS-213 form, again using Winlink.

As emergency services throughout the entire US are moving to standardize communication methods, the use of ICS forms is becoming more widely used by served agencies. This is one of the reasons we practice using what our served agencies will be asking of us.

After the exercise, ARES / RACES members and their families gathered at the Fire Training Center to enjoy a barbecue with hamburgers and hot dogs, side dishes and way more ice cream than we could eat. Overall it was really fun day.

AD7DD deployed to Krell Hill with the ARES / RACES portable repeater

AD7DD operating the portable repeater and personal Go-Kit with multi-band voice and data capabilities.

Additional Information on Digital Communications can be found on Don Felgenhauer's web site here:


EOC to EOC Exercise Aug 2013
EOC to EOC Exercise Aug 2013

Puyallup Ham Fest 2012
Puyallup Ham Fest 2012

Field Day 2009 Pictures
Field Day 2009

EOC to EOC Exercise May 2009
EOC to EOC Exercise May 2009

Field Day 2006 Pictures
Field Day 2006

SET 2002 Pictures
SET 2002

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