ARES Frequencies

Marion County ARES VHF:
Simplex - 147.420 MHz, PL 103.5 Hz
Repeater - 147.270+ MHz, PL 103.5 Hz

Illinois Section ARES HF:
Primary - 3905 kHz
Secondary - 7230 kHz


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Amateur Radio Emergency ServiceŽ (ARES)

The Amateur Radio Emergency ServiceŽ (ARES) consists of licensed amateurs who have voluntarily registered their qualifications and equipment, with their local ARES leadership, for communications duty in the public service when disaster strikes.

ARES Membership Requirements

Every licensed amateur in Marion County, IL, and adjoining counties, regardless of membership in ARRL or any other local or national organization may apply for membership in Marion County ARES. Training is required to participate fully in ARES. Because ARES is an Amateur Radio program, only licensed radio amateurs are eligible for membership. A General or higher license class is preferred. The possession of emergency-powered equipment is desirable, but is not a requirement for membership.

Required Training

Marion County ARES members are required to self-study and complete The ARRL Introduction to Emergency Communication Course and demonstrate proficiency in Public Service Communications to participate fully in ARES. Members who cannot demonstrate effective communication skills may not be used in the field or may have limited roles in the ARES program. Members are not required to pass the final exam with the ARRL nor receive the certificate of successful completion. Additionally, PR-101: ARRL Public Relations is strongly recommended for all radio amateurs. Members should also attend the MC ARES meetings where training information will be provided and discussed.

Get Involved

Fill out the ARES Registration form and submit it to Chad Hays, N9USA, your local Emergency Coordinator.

Emergency Net

During an emergency, an emergency net will be called on the W9CWA repeater on 147.270 MHz, + offset, PL tone 103.5 Hz, for as long as the repeater remains on the air. If the repeater goes off the air, stations are directed to meet on the repeater output frequency of 147.270 MHz SIMPLEX mode. Alternate operations will be on the Marion County ARES VHF simplex frequency of 147.420 MHz.