What is ARES?
The American Radio Relay League (ARRL) sponsors the ARES, which provides emergency communications in time of need. Granted, most amateurs can provide some type of communications during a disaster, but an ARES organization organizes our response. <Learn more>
Who are the Polk County Emergency Coordinator and Assistant Coordinator?
Joye McElwee, N0OCP, is Emergency Coordinator (EC), (417) 844-1418
Lynn Janes, N0PMQ, is Assistant EC.
Want to join Polk County ARES?
If you want to join Polk County ARES, you can complete a membership application form found on this link <form>. The form can be completed by computer, printed, and you can bring it to our monthly meeting. If you'd prefer to mail it, call N0OCP at the number above or email him at N0OCP@arrl.net and he will provide you with the mailing address. You do not have to be an ARRL member to be a member of Polk County ARES.
ARES Plans and Other Documents?
MO ARES Plans (takes you to Missouri ARES Plans for state and regions Website:
Region D ARES Emergency Operations Plan in PDF (as of November 2015)
Polk County ARES Plan: Updated and emailed to Polk County ARES members regularly. Copies to others provided upon request using contact page.
What Some have Learned from Joining ARES?
Those in attendance at the October 2016 monthly Polk County ARES meeting were asked to share 5 things they have learned by being a member of ARES. Here are some of the things shared from that list:
1. Gaining from the great pool of knowledge held by experienced operators.
2. Meeting with others who are doing the same things.
3. Learned a lot about emergency procedures and radio readiness.
4. Most importantly is the dedication and training of folks who realize and understand that communication during times of stress can be life saving. I am learning skills that I hope will benefit someone some day.
5. I've been an HF guy almost exclusively in the past. Participation in ARES has broadened my experience to include 2M and 6M operations as well as use of repeaters for reliable EMCOM communications.
6. Discovered ARES members will come to your house to help you with your equipment.
7. Participation in public events like the MS bike ride was great practice for real deployment.
8. Having the support in getting your license and getting active on the air.
9. Having classes that help you learn about your radio equipment, programming it, etc.
10. Important to me was learning how to complete and pass 213 form information. I really liked the training videos and other training.
11. A huge benefit for me was the class on Beofeng radios.
12. I did not realize how active/needed Amateur Radio is in our modern cellphone age. I have tried to encourage others to become involved--mostly of deaf ears.
Polk County ARES activities:
ARES Net: Mondays at 7 p.m. on 147.060 with +.600 offset and a PL Tone of 107.2
Meetings: Fourth Tuesday of each month, 6:30 - 8:00 pm.
Location: Citizen's Memorial Hospital (CMH),
1500 N. Oakland, Bolivar MO. We meet in one of the
Community Rooms on the North Side of Hospital, usually
her Area Nets:
Here are five local nets to consider in addition to the Polk County ARES net listed above.
Webster County ARES Mondays 8 p.m. 146.865 MHz, - offset, PL
SKYWARN Training Net Tuesdays 7 pm on 145.49 MHz , - offset, PL
Greene County ARES Net 1st, 3rd, & 4th Thursdays 8 pm on 147.225 MHz, + offset, PL 162.2
District D ARES Net Fridays 7:30 pm on 147.015 + offset, PL 162.2 and other SMLRS repeaters
District D ARES HF Net Sundays at 4 pm on 3.973 MHz
District D ARES 6-Meter Net Mondays at 7:30 pm on 53.270 - offset
1.7M, PL 162.2 (best on both transmit
There are many other nets available. Most of them can be found on the Nixa Amateur Radio Club's website so they will not be included here at this time. Click here for the net list page.
Local Area SKYWARN Weather Repeaters:
145.490 -.6 offset PL Tone 136.5 Fordland
147.330 +.6 offset PL Tone 162.2 (Always Linked) Walnut Grove
147.180 +.6 offset PL Tone 136.5 Buffalo (Always Linked)
Southwest Missouri Linked Repeater System (SMLRS):
This linked repeater system is an invaluable resource to hams and communities. It's critical that you understand this system, its capabilities, and rules fits use. Use this link and <learn more>
N0NWS Launches website
The Group of amateur radio operators who work together and created the N0NWS linked repeater system and keep it operating have started a website: www.N0NWS.com.
New Youth Weather Net
What: SKYWARN Youth Net
When: Sunday Evenings at 7:30
Where: On the full-time-linked Southwest Missouri Regional SKYWARN Repeaters
Fordland 145.490 (-) PL: 136.5
Joplin: 145.350 (-) PL 91.5
Walnut Grove: 147.330 (+) PL 162.2
Buffalo: 147.180 (+) PL 136.5
Branson: 147.105 (+) PL 162.2
EchoLink Node: 291849 or N∅NWS-R
Information: The SKYWARN Youth Net is sponsored by Southwest Missouri Regional SKYWARN - the official SKYWARN repeater system endorsed by the National Weather Service in Springfield, Missouri. The purpose of this net is to provide a forum to encourage young amateur radio operators and their families to key up and get out on the air and to create an educational awareness among these operators about SKYWARN and basic weather facts.
The SKYWARN Youth Net meets on most of the Southwest Missouri Regional SKYWARN repeaters every Sunday evening at 7:30. During severe weather outbreaks, this net will be pre-empted to allow for official SKYWARN traffic on this repeater system.
During this net, we will first take check-in's from young hams (approximately ages 25 and younger) and from any licensed hams within their immediate household. We will then open the net to hams who have youths within their households who are not yet licensed but who are interested in getting their licenses. Those hams can then properly allow these future hams to check in as a third party if they wish. Finally, we will open the net up to any and all licensed hams to check in.
As this net grows and evolves, we hope to create and present brief educational segments. For example, one segment, entitled "SKYWARN Youth: Did You Know", will involve a quick (about a minute long) summary about a specific weather-related fact, and it will be presented by one of our younger hams. This and other segments will be posted on the www.N0NWS.com website for easy reference after the nets and for folks who miss the net.
We invite all young hams, their families and the amateur radio community in general to check into this net. Young hams are the future of this hobby, and we encourage them to get involved, to get out on the air and talk, and to invite their friends to become hams as well. We also hope that all participants will learn more about Skywarn activities and about weather.
Visit the website at: www.N0NWS.com for the latest updates about this net. Thank you.