Administrative Net

A net will be called every 1st and 3rd Wednesday at 20:30 local time using the Marion County ARES VHF simplex frequency of 147.420 MHz, PL tone 103.5 Hz. All stations are invited to participate in the weekly net. You do not need to belong to a local Amateur Radio club or the American Radio Relay League to participate in - or support - ARES emergency communications.


Monthly Test

All Marion County ARES stations are requested to participate in the monthly test. A net will be called on the first Tuesday of each month at 10:00 local time for the purpose of testing emergency VHF equipment which is not regularly used. The hospitals and the EOCs are expected to be on the air for this monthly test. The monthly test will be on the Marion County ARES VHF simplex frequency of 147.420 MHz, PL tone 103.5 Hz.


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.


Severe Weather Net

The Marion County ARES Severe Weather Net will be activated on the W9CWA 2m repeater (147.270 MHz) when:
1. A severe thunderstorm warning or tornado warning is issued for Marion County;
2. Warning(s) have been issued immediately to our west or southwest in Clinton and/or Washington Counties, and it becomes obvious the threat will extend into Marion County.