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LaPorte County Indiana

Amateur Radio Emergency Services (A.R.E.S.)

Emergency Coordinator: Todd Miller, N9RKY

Assistant Emergency Coordinator: Rich Oberle KC9DJP

Assistant Emergency Coordinator: Curt Yeater N9ZNJ

Assistant Emergency Coordinator: Ken Osborne N9ZIP

Assistant Emergency Coordinator: Jim Jesko KB9MAS


 Primary Repeater W9LY 146.970 Mhz (131.8 PL)


 Secondary Repeater K9JSI 146.610 (131.8 PL)


Nets every Thursday night at 8:00 PM local time on 146.970 (Primary)

Also check our backup Frequency 146.610 (Secondary)

Nets on the first Thursday of the month are on 146.610, all other Thursday night Nets remain on 146.970.

A.R.E.S would like to Thank both Michigan City and LaPorte Amateur Radio Clubs for working together to provide LaPorte County Indiana with reliable Emergency Communications and man power.

ARRL is the national membership association for Amateur Radio operators. The seed for Amateur Radio was planted in the 1890s, when Guglielmo Marconi began his experiments in wireless telegraphy. Soon he was joined by dozens, then hundreds, of others who were enthusiastic about sending and receiving messages through the air--some with a commercial interest, but others solely out of a love for this new communications medium. The United States government began licensing Amateur Radio operators in 1912. By 1914, there were thousands of Amateur Radio operators--hams--in the United States. Hiram Percy Maxim, a leading Hartford, Connecticut, inventor and industrialist saw the need for an organization to band together this fledgling group of radio experimenters. In May 1914 he founded the American Radio Relay League (ARRL) to meet that need.

Today ARRL, with approximately 163,000 members, is the largest organization of radio amateurs in the United States. The ARRL is a not-for-profit organization




Providing Voluntary Communications in time of need

*Disaster Preparedness

*Emergency Communications

*Public Service Communications

There are four levels of ARES organization--national, section, district and local. National emergency coordination at ARRL Headquarters is under the supervision of the ARRL Field and Educational Services Manager, who is responsible for advising all ARES officials regarding their problems, maintaining contact with federal government and other national officials concerned with amateur emergency communications potential, and in general with carrying out the League's policies regarding emergency communications. The Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) consists of licensed amateurs who have voluntarily registered their qualifications and equipment for communications duty in the public service when disaster strikes. Every licensed amateur, regardless of membership in ARRL or any other local or national organization is eligible for membership in the ARES. The only qualification, other than possession of an Amateur Radio license, is a sincere desire to serve. Because ARES is an amateur service, only amateurs are eligible for membership. The possession of emergency-powered equipment is desirable, but is not a requirement for membership. If you do decide to Volunteer remember that appropriate procedures cannot be picked up solely by reading or studying. There is no substitute for actual practice. Avoid complacency, the feeling that you will know how to operate when the time comes. You won't, unless you do it frequently, with other operators whose style of operating you get to know. Participation in local (ARES) nets and Simulated Emergency Test is the main key to maintaining the skills needed to help out during the time of need.

Amateur Radio Emergency ServicesŪ and ARESŪ are registered trademarks of American Radio Relay League, Inc. in the United States and other countries.The Amateur Radio Emergency ServicesŪ symbol is a trademark of American Radio Relay League, Inc.All third-party trademarks are property of their respective owner. ARRL members and Affiliated clubs may use the ARRL diamond logo on their own personal QSL cards, stationery, club signs, business cards and web pages. ARES members may use the ARES logo on their on their own personal QSL cards, stationery, business cards and web pages. Please be sure to use the logos in good taste. Please contact the ARRL for any other use of these logos.


LaPorte County A.R.E.S. Photos




LaPorte ARC and Michigan City ARC provide support for local Amateurs and the EMA dept. by providing a Siren testing net for LaPorte County Warning Sirens.

On the first Saturday of each month Amateurs report the operating condition of Sirens threw out the county to an Amateur Radio Net Control Station.

This information is then given to LaPorte County Emergency Management by the NCS in order to keep the sirens in good working order.

Click below for a short mpeg sample of a siren up and running and hear a Net Control Stations KB9MAS Jim in action.

Siren Test


BE Safe and Enjoy Amateur Radio!




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