The ETC ARES Team's vision is to increase public safety and reduce the uncertainty and chaos in our communities in the aftermath of a disaster event by facilitating efficient and effective radio communication between our neighbors, local organizations, and government officials.
Anyone with a current FCC-issued Amateur Radio license may apply for membership on the East Thurston County (ETC) Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) Team. Having a current FCC-issued General Mobile Radio Service (GMRS) license is optional, but also a helpful asset to the team. We serve the eastern area of Thurston County, so ideally you live in Yelm, Rainier, Tenino, or one of the surrounding areas. Our current Disaster Communications Plan in the Documents section below describes our served area in detail.
If you are interested in joining the team or have questions that our Plan doesn't answer, feel free to contact the ETC ARES Team Emergency Coordinator (EC) via e-mail [firstname.lastname@example.org], text message, or phone [+1 (360) 951-3445].
A radiogram is a telegram sent by shortwave radio nets operating 365 days per year, 24-hours per day. These nets are sponsored by Radio Relay International and use a variety of communication technologies including voice, Morse code, and the latest, very sophisticated, digital methods. See the frequently asked questions on the back of the "Standard Radiogram Form" below.