2020 Simulated Emergency Test – September 19, 2020 @ 9:00AM

The Olmsted S.E.T. for September 19th is less than a week away. Here are some points of information to plan for.

The county aluminum tower setup is rescheduled for October 3rd at 10:00 AM for ARES training, not this Saturday as previously planned. The national S.E.T. is happening on October 3rd and 4th too.

The drill will start at 9:00 AM and end when the drill is completed or by noon if time allows.
There will be no EOC”s, maned, or ARES trailer used due to covid-19 regulations. All stations will be home base (sub nets, and monitor stations), mobile or portable (field units) for this drill. You will be asked questions for staging information when first checking in. Have your equipment and deployment list available to report in
All three repeaters will be used as follows:

  • 147.255 pl 100 repeater is for checking in, for staging for resource requests , and for checking out of the drill. It will also be used for FLdigi information during the net.
  • 146.820 pl 100 repeater is for the Olmsted net and sub NCS to send and receive voice information.
  • 146.625 pl 100 repeater for emergency information, and over flow traffic from the 146.820 repeater.


VHF simplex frequencies will be used as situations dictate during the drill.
NOTICE: There will be no D-star, DMR, or Fusion modes used during this drill, only digital programs on VHF analog frequencies.
The programs that will be used are, FLdigi for multi county information resource and documentation , APRS for field units tracking and messaging (by phone app or by GPS radio), GRlevel monitoring for weather
monitoring, and monitoring the local ARMOR system for training purposes.
“IF” time and activities allow emails will be sent to hams stations by radio when requested.
NIMM’s protocol and ICS procedures and forms should be used, but not mandatory for those new to ARES listen to your NCS and have your go kit will be sufficient to use.

Field units will be requested for situation damage reports (TBD) by voice for Olmsted county. These will be explained to you by your net control operator on what to look for, evaluate, and report on.
We will discuss this further on tonight’s ARES net on the 147.255 repeater and again on the FLdigi net this Thursday evening at 6:30 PM also on the 147.255 repeater.

Skywarn APRS Spotter Info Form

Skywarn APRS Spotter info

Spotters that have the capability to use APRS need to provide their information so we can track them during activations. We and the Sherriff’s dept use this info to accurately track locations of storm reports.

Click on the link below and you will be taken to a form to provide your info. Any questions, contact John N0HZN @ jesott09@gmail.com

Skywarn Information form

Recommended Training for ARES Members

The following self-directed courses are available for free through FEMA.
ARES members are encouraged to take them in order to get familiarized with the Incident Command System in use nationally.

MN ARES also recommends the following courses:

NBEMS

NBEMS stands for ‘Narrow Band Emergency Messaging System’. It is becoming a widely accepted standard for amateur emcomm digital communications. We use NBEMS in our Thursday night net . These tutorials show how to set up and use NBEMS: Narrow Band Emergency Messaging Software (NBEMS)

FLDigi (soundcard modem) and FLMsg (message handler) are the two main applications needed to participate in NBEMS communications.
MT-63/2000L is the mode most often used for VHF/UHF NBEMS communication for Olmsted ARES (See the Thursdays@6:30PM SE MN Digital Net on  the 147.255 repeater)

Olivia 8/500 is the mode most often used for HF NBEMS communication for Minnesota ARES (See the Thursdays@8PM MN Digital Net on 3583.5 kHz USB).

[This post needs to be updated to be much more user friendly, thanks for your patience!]

Olmsted County Emergency Services Nets

An ARES net is activated when threatening situations warrant as determined by the National Weather Service in LaCrosse, Wisconsin, or by the Olmsted County or Rochester Emergency Operations Centers. Skywan nets are directed nets and all communications is controlled by the net control station (NCS) using net procedures. Contact Steve Wiebke (W0STV), for more information on becoming a ARES net control station operator.

The Olmsted county ARES net uses the Olmsted EOC 147.255 repeater, PL100.0 Hz, for skywarn and emergency event activation/information.  The 146.820, PL100.0 Hz, repeater is the backup for the 147.255 repeater and is available to provide additional ARES communications. A third back up repeater is the 146.625 PL 100.0 for redundancy and over flow traffic that can not be handled by the previous two repeaters..

An ARES information and training net is held every Sunday evening at 9:00 PM local time. Please see the Nets and Meetings page for net and repeater information. All registered ARES members are required to check into this net. Any licensed amateur radio operator may check into the net. Please listen first and follow the NCS check in procedures.

ARES net information links:

ARES Information

Olmsted County ARES Organization

The Olmsted county ARES (Amateur Radio Emergency Service) organization provides emergency communications for real and simulated emergency events in southeast Minnesota.The ARES organization provides emergency communications support for VOAD, Channel One, the American Red Cross, Rochester Police Department, Rochester EOC, and Fire Deparment, the Olmsted County office of Emergency Management and the Mayo foundation.

Steve Wiebke (W0STV) 254-3993 is the Olmsted county ARES Emergency Coordinator (EC).

Active ARES members are amateur radio operators who have completed an ARES Registration Form. To become an active ARES member, simply complete and return the ARES Registration Form. Download the ARES Registration form PDF file to your PC. Open the PDF form with Adobe Reader. Fill out the form, and return it by doing one of the following:

  • Print out the completed form and mail it to:
    • RARC
      P.O. Box 1
      Rochester, MN 55903
  • Or, print out the completed form and bring it with you to an RARC club meeting, and deliver it to Steve Wiebke.
  • Or, save the completed PDF form, and email it to W0STV@arrl.net.

The participation hours in ARES activities and nets determines the registered member’s position on the ARES A or B teams. All RARC club members are associate members of the Olmsted county ARES organization.

All active ARES memebers are encouraged to purchase an ARES vest. If you need an ARES vest or would like to become an active ARES member, please contact Steve W0STV@arrl.net

Any Olmsted ARES member that is available to provide communications support when ARES is activated is requested to contacting EC Steve Wiebke on the 147.255 PL100 repeater or at 254-3993. Please contact the following for additional Minnesota ARES and Olmsted county emergency management information:

  • Skip Jackson, KSØJ, Minnesota Section Manager (SM)
  • Daniel D. Anderson, KDØASX, Minnesota Section Emergency Coordinator (SEC)
  • Bill Osler, KØRGR, Minnesota Southeast District Emergency Coordinator (DEC).
  • Bob Wiles, ABØBW, Minnesota District 1 Assistant Emergency Coordinator.
  • Marvin Myers Jr, KCØCLC, Dodge County Emergency Coordinator (EC).
  • Capt Mike Bromberg, KDØEOB, Director of Homeland Security and Emergency Ops for Olmsted Cty
  • Greg Martin, Deputy Emergency Management Director for Olmsted County
  • Ken Jones, KD8HPX, Deputy Emergency Management Director for Rochester

ARES and related information links:



Olmsted County Emergency Services Nets

An ARES net is activated when threatening situations warrant as determined by the National Weather Service in LaCrosse, Wisconsin, or by the Olmsted County or Rochester Emergency Operations Centers. Skywan nets are directed nets and all communications is controlled by the net control station (NCS) using net procedures. Contact Steve Wiebke (W0STV), for more information on becoming a ARES net control station operator.

The Olmsted county ARES net uses the Olmsted EOC 147.255 repeater, PL100.0 Hz, for skywarn and emergency event activation/information.  The 146.820, PL100.0 Hz, repeater is the backup for the 147.255 repeater and is available to provide additional ARES communications. A third back up repeater is the 146.625 PL 100.0 for redundancy and over flow traffic that can not be handled by the previous two repeaters..

An ARES information and training net is held every Sunday evening at 9:00 PM local time. Please see the Nets and Meetings page for net and repeater information. All registered ARES members are required to check into this net. Any licensed amateur radio operator may check into the net. Please listen first and follow the NCS check in procedures.

ARES net information links:

The Olmsted skywarn activity debriefing is held during the Sunday evening ARES nets, following any previous weeks activation. All amateur radio operators that were activated are requested to check into the net. Comments and constructive suggestions are welcomed.

Sunday Night ARES Net Rotation

The Sunday Night ARES net will start a weekly repeater rotation in 2018 starting in February, as follows for each Sunday in a month:

First Sunday @ 9pm 147.255+ P.L. 100Hz
Second Sunday @ 9pm 146.625- P.L. 100Hz
Third Sunday @ 9pm 147.255+ P.L. 100Hz
Fourth Sunday @ 9pm 146.820- P.L. 100Hz
Fifth Sunday @ 9pm 147.255+ P.L. 100Hz

The purpose is to monthly test each repeaters operation during a net from around the county for quality control, and to test our radio(s) on each VHF repeater.