Purpose:    To support and facilitate emergency, disaster, and public service related communication systems and services provided to government agencies, the general public, and private disaster relief organizations by Amateur Radio Operators through the Amateur Radio Emergency Service and the Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service.   

The primary purpose shall be the construction and maintenance of a statewide voice and digital wireless two-way communication network.

Emergency Coordinator:                              Assistant Emergency Coordinator:

Al Homan,  KC9QQO@arrl.net                       Conrad Herold, W9DL@arrl.net

                                                                       Public Relations Coordinator       


Upcoming:  ARES/RACES monthly meeting at the Janesville Hedberg Public Library, 316 South Main Street,

                                    Janesville, WI at 7:30 pm, the fourth Monday of the month; we use the conference room,


                                                           Visitors always welcome.


Completed:  2017 Pie Ride sponsored by the Morning Rotary Club of Janesville to raise money for charities.

Four riding distances were mapped starting at Lion's Beach, next to Rotary Gardens.   The longest distance was 100 miles.   Rock County ARES members volunteered to provided communications to aid in a safe ride.  Participating in the 2017 Pie Ride were area Hams:  AK9F-David Rounds, K9BY-Brett Johnston, K9LEN-Len Slizewski, KC9PZI-Kevin Christ, KC9QQO-Al Homan, W9BJ-Carl Cramer, WA9YSB-Doug Cooper and WD9BB-Chuck Bell.  The rides started at 6:00 am, 7:00am and 8:00 am.  All riders were finished by early afternoon.  Al Homan was the ARES Coordinator and Carl Cramer was the Net Control Operator.   This activity represents more than 50 volunteer hours for charity.   The Clinton, Wisconsin Repeater, WB9SHS/R (146.715 MHz) was used successfully.

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Completed:  2016 Pie Ride (Similar to above event.)


Completed: Tub Run 2014,   Saturday, June 14, 11:00 am to 4:00 pm.  Under the leadership of ARES Coordinator, Al Homan, KC9QQO, at least 15 hams helped with communications on the 20th annual Tub Run for Muscular Dystrophy.  The motor bikes cavalcade started from Janesville, lunch at Clinton, Wi and moved around Rock County ending at Thresherman's Park for the evening meal.  Over 1500 riders participated.   Area hams with 2 meter handitalkies and mobile rigs volunteered.  Besides providing a ARES training exercise, the safe ride earned over $125,000 for MD patients in SW Wisconsin.  This years earnings add to make over 2 million dollars donated in 20 years of the Tub Run by the riders and Kutter Harley Davidson.   The approximately 90 mile ride is the third largest ride in the U.S.


Success!  National Simulated Emergency Test (SET) October 5th, 2013   

                                                                                                                         10:00 am to 12:00 Noon.

Amateur radio operators checked out their two meter equipment by checking in with network control operators at KB9UNX.

The network control operators were operating from the Rock County Wisconsin Office of Emergency Management.

Hams checked in with hand held transceivers, mobile units, and base stations.   The Janesville Repeater on 145.45 MHz was used.


Tub Run 2013, Saturday, June 15, 11:00 am to 4:00 pm.  Under the leadership of ARES Coordinator, Al Homan, KC9QQO, about 15 hams helped with communications on the 19th annual Tub Run for Muscular Dystrophy.  The motor bikes cavalcade went from Janesville south; later, it went west to Albany, Northwest of Janesville.  After a meal and fellowship, the parade traveled East to Thresherman's Park for the evening entertainment.  Over 1100 riders participated.

Involved were:  Dan, K9IBM and Al, KC9QQO operated as net control stations; Brett, K9BY was our coordinator. 

Two Meter Mobiles were:  Dave, KC9UQDDaniel, WX9EMSKim, N9UBJ;   Conrad, W9DLChuck, WD9BBBob, K9BNR

Dave, N9JDQ;  Lyndon,WA9JLDBob, NB9GMike, K9OMGKevin, KC9PZI; and Carl, W9BJ.

It was a great day for a bike ride!  The Tub Run, since 1983, has gathered amost $2,000,000 for kids with muscular dystrophy.


Tub Run 2012, Saturday, June 16, approximately 11:00 am to almost 4:00 pm.

Many hams provided communications for the 18th annual Tub Run for Muscular Dystrophy.

The host was the South Central Wisconsin Janesville Harley Owners Group.   At noon, Bikers traveled from Kutter Harley Davidson/Buell in Janesville to Shopiere Road, to Cranston Road, onto U.S. Highway 51. to downtown Beloit.   At about 2:20 pm, the motorcaid drove up the west side of Rock County ending at Thresherman's Park for final events.  Dave Wendt reported that all went well again this year.


Tub Run 2011 Saturday, June 18  Fund Raiser for the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA),

     sponsor:  Kutter Harley Davidson, Janesville. 

The motorcycle motorcade began at Kutter Harley Davidson in Janesville at noon and "convoyed" to the village of Clinton for lunch.    At 2:30 pm, the return trip was up the east side of the Janesville area and proceeded northwest to Thresherman's Park for an afternoon picnic at 3:30 pm.   "Twenty+ ham volunteers" were used to supply ride information.   There were two Network Control hams:   Ed Green, KC9GTB of Milton and Dave Wendt, N9GQ of Janesville; most others hams were using mobile stations or handi-talkies.     KB9UNX, the Rock County ARES/RACES station, was used for Network Control with tactical call signs used for the mobiles.   Communications on the main directed network used the Janesville FM Repeater at 145.45 MHz, Tone 123.0.     Also, the 444.750 MHz, Tone 123 FM repeater was used.   An Automatic Packet Reporting System (APRS) mobile station was active.


Janesville Police Cruisers lead the way.   "Old Glory" and MDA flags       Proud to ride on a beautiful day!

           Waving to the crowd!                  Many "double occupancy" bikes.                  End of the parade!

Amateur Radio operators participating: 

K9RIJ Bob,   KA9VHG Jim,  KB7QDI Dean,  KB9ZEY Nick,  KC9ALO Janet,   KC9GTB Ed,  KC9MXZ Ken,  KC9QQO Al,  KC9QQP Tom,  KC9RLI Mike,   KC9SBD Kyle,  KC9TSU Vince,  N9BUL Tom,  N9GQ Dave,   N9JDQ Dave,  W9DL Conrad,  WD9BB Chuck,  WQ9A Bill,  and ?


Weekly ARES/RACES Networks

Tuesdays:   7:00 pm     Janesville, Wisconsin, 145.450 MHz FM repeater, Tone Access:  123.0 Hertz
                                         Net control:   KB9UNX    The repeater is located just west of Janesville. 

                                        Good operating procedures are promoted. 

                     9:00 pm     The Wisconsin ARES/RACES Statewide Digital Net meets on 145.610 MHz. 

                                        The operating mode is Winlink 2000.   The Janesville node is KB9UNX-10.


The Rock County ARES/RACES group meets on the fourth Monday of the Month at 7:30 pm.

Location:   South Central Wisconsin Chapter American Red Cross

                  211 North Parker Drive
                  Janesville, WI 53545

The amateur radio facilities for KB9UNX, at the American Red Cross location, consist of Very High Frequency (VHF), and Ultra High Frequency (UHF) communication equipment.   Late model ham equipment and antennas are installed and are being improved.   High speed internet access is available.

Severe Weather

During periods of severe weather disturbance, the two meter repeater at 145.45 MHz in Janesville, will be utilized by the National Weather Service.

This repeater is maintained by the Rock County Repeater Association.

ARES/RACES volunteers are encouraged to attend a refresher course every year or two years on Storm Spotter procedures.

These classes are sponsored by Rock County ARES/RACES and by the Rock County Sheriff's Office - Division of Emergency Management. Sergaent Shena Kohler  (FEMA)

Be prepared!     Use your handi-talkie, mobile rig, or home base station.   Be safe.


       Department of Commerce                    National Oceanic and                National Weather Service

                      U.S.A.                              Atmospheric Administration                                                                                               

Information Report Format:              Information will end up at the National Weather Service, Sullivan, Wisconsin.

                                                                                  More details to follow.

Time of event:     Use 12 hour clock format

Location of observer:   16 points of the compass.   Example:   South-Southwest   

                                        Latitude and longitude in decimal format 3 places to the right of the decimal point.

                                               Distance from geo-political points, for example, one mile south of Afton, Wisconsin.

Conditions:     Examples:  Tornado-rotating wall cloud,  Rotating column of air extends to the ground.  

                                               (Tornadoes spin up from the ground.)

                                            Rotating debris on the ground.

                                            Give direction and distance from event and observer.

                                            Hail (Report only if one inch or more in diameter.)

                                            High winds of 58 mph.  (This will flip over small aircraft.)

                                            Severe flooding.

                                            Wall cloud, Shell cloud.

                                            Precipitation down burst.

Source of report:     Tactical call signs, like Midwest 122, are encouraged to be used.    Your ham call should be used last.      Example:  K9HAM

A typical field report should last 35 to 45 seconds.   Brevity is the proper protocol.
                                                      Storm Prediction Center (SPC)

Radar Activity Chart showing a one hour loop, the current day convective outlook, and all active watches/warnings.    (Updated every 15 Minutes.)

Click on the image to go to the SPC Hourly Mesoscale Analysis site.

Watch boxes in RED are Tornado Watches
Watch boxes in BLUE are Severe TS Watches

Threat Level  


What are the ARES and RACES groups?      


The Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) was created in 1935 by the American Radio Relay League (ARRL) to provide any type of radio communications support to public service agencies such as the Red Cross and the National Weather Service (NWS).  Charity events, such as runs and bike rides, serve to hone skills that are needed for emergency communications.


Established by the FCC in 1952, the Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service (RACES) provides communications to government agencies in times of need. 

RACES is administered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). 

RACES operators meet and train regularly with government officials so that they can be an effective part of an emergency response.

ARES and RACES meet as the same organization (Joint membership) in Wisconsin.


National Incident Management System (NIMS) and Incident Command System (ICS) compliant.

Emergency Preparedness Information

      Department of Homeland Security Links for Citizens
        American Red Cross
           Emergency Management Gold
              FEMA: Citizens Preparedness Guidebook
                  Hazmat Safety (DOT)
                     Tornado Project
Ham Radio Links

      VOAD of Rock County Wisconsin

         MidWest Severe Storm Tracking Response Center

             Wisconsin ARES/RACES
         llinois/Wisconsin DXer Group
                    American Radio Relay League
                        The Hurricane Watch Net

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