ARES

 

Polk ARES

 


About Polk County Iowa ARES

The purpose of ARES—Amateur Radio Emergency Service—of Polk County Iowa is to provide emergency radio communications for Polk County and surrounding communities when officially activated via authorized agency.

Polk County Emergency Coordinator is Scott Kirstein NØOOD.

ARES members volunteer their time and expertise to support public service agencies when normal communications facilities are not functioning or are overloaded due to planned or unplanned events. We also provide communications support for non-profit community events, which not only helps the community, but gives us live experience in handling traffic for agencies that might call upon us for emergency communications in the future. For more information about the role of ARES in national public service communications, visit the American Radio Relay League official page on the subject.

POLK COUNTY ARES Emergency Operations Plan (99.8k PDF)

Scheduled Meetings: for 2017

Monday, January 9
Monday, April 10
Monday, July 17
Monday, October 9

Meeting Time: 7:00 PM

Meeting Location:
Polk County Emergency Operations Center,
1907 Carpenter, Des Moines, Iowa

Scott Kirstein NØOOD
Polk County Emergency Coordinator
Email NØOOD

(515) 490-7414 (cellular)

How to become a Polk County ARES member.

Attend the quarterly Polk County ARES meetings. This is a requirement as the first step to becoming a member.

You are welcome to check in as a visitor to the weekly net to learn more about upcoming activities.

Polk County ARES has no monetary dues at this time, but members pay membership “dues” by volunteering their time at events, checking in regularly to the weekly Thursday night Net, attending meetings, and attending training sessions.

Membership in Polk County Iowa ARES is open to anyone who holds an amateur radio license and is a resident in the Polk County Iowa region. Having your own transport is always a real asset because during an emergency members need be able to move around quickly as the situation demands.

The primary role of ARES is to provide backup communications to agencies following a major emergency or disaster. You should have a keen desire to want to be prepared for emergency situations and help to provide emergency communications to the various agencies in and around Polk County Iowa when needed. ARES members are not first responders, however if you happen to be close to an emergency or disaster then you are in a unique position to alert the authorities and report by radio any damage that you observe.

Polk County ARES also provides communications support for several Public Service Events and drills to use as training tools. Participation in these events allows you to participate in actual nets and learn the required protocols for operation.

ARES Registration Form 9-15

Events Information

Members of Polk County Iowa ARES are encouraged to participate in these events as a way to train for and be prepared for emergency situations. When details are available, more event information will be posted on the Events Information page.

Public Service Event Guidelines
Please read the guidelines below.

Polk County ARES Public Service Event Guidelines. (93k PDF)

If you want to volunteer or need more information,
Please contact:

Scott Kirstein NØOOD
Polk County Emergency Coordinator
Email NØOOD

(515) 490-7414 (cellular)

Events:

2017 SCHEDULE:

 Fight for Air Climb, Sunday April 9th, 2017

Drake 1/2 Marathon, April 29th, 2017

Market to Market, Saturday May 13th, 2017

Dam to Dam Half Marathon, Saturday June 3rd, 2017

ARRL Field Day, June 24th -25th, 2017

Iowa State Fair Parade, August 9th, 2017

Head of the Des Moines Rowing Regatta, September 30th, 2017

Des Moines Marathon, October 15th, 2017

Living History Farms Fun Race, November 18th, 2017

 

Sign-up for ARES Events

Your e-mail (required)
Fight for Air Climb - Sunday, April 9Drake Half Marathon - Saturday, April 29Market to Market - Saturday, May 13Dam-to-Dam Half Marathon - Saturday, June 3ARRL Field Day - June 24-25Iowa State Fair parade - Wednesday, August 9Head of the Des Moines Rowing Regatta - Saturday, September 30Des Moines Marathon - Sunday, October 15Living History Farms Race - Saturday, November 18

Iowa Area Nets

Daily

Iowa Section Net, CW Traffic 6:30pm on 3.560

Central Iowa VHF nets

There are several nets in central Iowa to check into each week:

Sunday    6:00 p.m.      147.135+ 141.3 PL CIRAS (Marshalltown)

Sunday    7:00 p.m.      145.390- 114.8 PL Saylorville Fellowship Net

Sunday    7:30 p.m.       29.670- 103.5 PL Iowa Ten Meter Net

Sunday    8:00 p.m.      147.240+          Story County ARES (Ames)

Sunday    8:00 p.m.      146.610- 114.8 PL Central Iowa ARES

Sunday    following ARES  146.940- 114.8 PL Central Iowa Technical Net

Sunday    8:00 p.m.      146.850-          Boone County ARC (Boone)

Monday   7:00 p.m.   146.940- 114.8 PL  DMRAA Informational Net (Des Moines)

Monday    8:00 p.m.      145.190- 114.8 PL Dallas County ARES

Monday    following ARES  145.190- 114.8 PL HARC (Perry)

Wednesday 11:00 p.m.     146.610- 114.8 PL Night Owl Net

Wednesday 8:30 p.m.      53.250-           Iowa 6 Meter Net 1.7mhz-

Wednesday 9:00 p.m.      147.375+ 114.8 PL Cyclone ARC (Ames)

Wednesday 11:00 p.m.     146.610- 114.8 PL Night Owl Net

Thursday  7:00 p.m.      146.940- 114.8 PL Polk County ARES (Des Moines)

Friday 7:00 p.m.      146.895- 114.8 PL Friday Evening Newsline & Fusion Net (Des Moines)

Saturday 7:30 a.m. 147.195- 114.8 PL Warren County ARES

Iowa Traffic & Emergency Net 5:30pm on 3.970

Downloads

Public Service Event hints: (60k PDF)
Tactical Call Signs: (96k PDF)
Tactical Callsigns Standard Operating Procedure. (60k PDF)

Training Downloads

Here you will find various ARES files available for download. There is a wealth of information contained on this page, such as Schedules, scripts and links to other agencies offering free emergency preparedness classes that you may take online.

Web Sites:

FEMA Classes

ARRL Emergency Communication Courses

Emergency Communications Forms:

ARES Registration Form 9-15

FSD-255: Emergency Reference Information Card (59k PDF)

FSD-220: Handy Operating Aid. (76k PDF)

FSD-218: Amateur Message Form Instructions. (60k PDF)

FSD-3: ARRL Numbered Radiograms. (42k PDF)

ICS 214a-OS: Individual Log (16k PDF)

ICS 214-OS: Entire Unit Log (19k PDF)

RadioGram 1 (16k PDF)

RadioGram 2 (270k PDF)

RadioGram 3 (9k PDF)

POLK COUNTY ARES Emergency Operations Plan:

Emergency Operations Plan (99.8k PDF)

Des Moines Frequency List:

DMRAA Freq Guide January 2017

 

 

 

R.A.C.E.S. 

Who-is-RACES

RACES REGISTRATION FORM310 

 

Polk County Iowa:

Polk County Basic Emergency Communications Test (80k PDF)

Polk County ARES Net Script

 

 

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