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ARES/RACES

  • Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES)
  • Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service (RACES)
  • Volunteers in all 72 Counties

Mission

Augment or provide supplemental communications and warning operations, during times of emergency.

  • In Wisconsin, the Amateur Radio System consists of volunteer amateur radio operators who have agreed to participate in emergency situations and has statewide coverage with over 1200 operators.
  • Back up to other systems or as a supplement to state or local communications and is activated from the State EOC.
  • Primarily, Amateur Radio utilizes either high frequency single side-band voice devices used primarily for point-to-point, or VHF mobile and hand-held portables operated through repeaters for local communication. High-frequency elements are tested twice a-week and VHF elements are used regularly.

Wisconsin Section Emergency Coordinator

Gary Sorensen
W9ULK
Wis.sec@gmail.com
608.697.2652

Wisconsin RACES Chief Radio Officer

Skip Sharpe
W9REL
Skip-Sharpe@wi.rr.com
608.219.4012