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 THURSDAY of each month, 6:30 - 8:00 pm.
Location: Pre-Hospital Services EMS Classroom A at Citizen's
Memorial Hospital (CMH). It is located across from
the Hospital and down the hill where ambulances
can normally be seen out front of the building. CMH
is located at 1500 N. Oakland Ave, Bolivar MO.
Other 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>
The Group of amateur radio operators who work in support and expansion of the N0NWS linked repeater system have a website that is well worth your visit: www.N0NWS.com.