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Waupaca County ARES
Amateur Radio Emergency Communications
Past Events


WI ARES/RACES Conference 2023
Held Saturday, November 4th, 2023, at McMillan Memorial Library in Wisconsin Rapids, WI

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Waupaca County Members: EC Chuck Fritz (AC9F); AEC Dave Chroninger (WB9GBG);  Carol Young (KD9WRY);  Carl Young (KD9RMZ); Cody Lind (KD9QXL); Joe Walesewicz; Waushara County EC George Lampere; and DEC Stan Piekarczyk

all enjoyed the 2023 WI ARES/RACES Conference on Saturday, November 4th.

Presentations at the event included:

  • WeComm Linked Repeaters and Website

  • SimCom 2023 Comments 

  • MoUs (Memorandum of Understanding) Importance with Hospitals  

  • WI Section of ARRL Website and Contacts

  • WEM (WI Emergency Management)

  • AuxComm (Auxiliary Communications)

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During the 2023 Wisconsin ARES/RACES Conference, attendees were divided into two groups during the afternoon session.  

One group (pictured to the right) attended a session about "Memorandum of Understanding" documentation.  Jeff did a great job explaining the importance of having MoUs with hospitals and locations where amateur radio equipment and stations are setup.

Both Waupaca County ARES/RACES and Outagamie County ARES/RACES attendees were present with other ARES/RACES at this session of the conference.

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A Video is published on the Waupaca County ARES/RACES 
YouTube Channel.  

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To the Right is an image of the Finished Multi-Band HF Linked Dipole Antenna

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On Saturday, October 7, 2023, Waupaca County ARES/RACES operators conducted a Simulated Emergency Test to determine their readiness to provide amateur radio emergency communications to hospitals, served agencies, and partner agencies throughout Wisconsin. This is a nationwide ARRL annual SET exercise that provides strengths and improvements needed to support emergency communications in times of needs. The Waupaca County ARES/RACES Net Control Station (Dan Bekeris), Emergency Coordinator (Chuck Fritz), and operators (Steve Leitzke, Brady DeCamp, and William Lund) were set up at the Taste of Norway event in Iola in the Amateur Radio Communications command unit in front of the Iola Historial Fire Station. The day was a success and communications were transmitted and received to and from the Thedacare Waupaca Hospital operators (Dave Chroninger and Carol Young) and King Veterans Home operators (Carl Young and David Wedde). Voice/SSB/Phone communications were also successfully sent and received via Bob Martin (Liaison located in Weyauwega) to the state Wisconsin Badger Emergency Net and WI ARES/RACES Coordinators.

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