Welcome to
Prince George's County, Maryland
Our call sign is W3PGC
Our VHF Repeater is K3ERA - 145.230- pl 110.9 in Distric Heights, MD .
Please set your rig for both TX & RX Tone Squelch to 110.9 Hz.
Our VHF Winlink node is KA3AHI-10on 145.750 MHz.
We also have HF Winmor nodes, call sign K3ERA on 80m & 40m .
To see our complete Frequency List, click the Frequencies button above.
Training Nets - EVERY TUESDAY @ 7:30 PM Local - K3ERA 145.230- pl 110.9 Repeater
See: Net Control Schedule for June 2 thru Dec. 2018
See: Net Control Script, Ver. 4.4, 12/28/14

Regular Eye-ball Meetings - 3rd Monday of every month at 7:00 PM Eastern Local

HF Hospital Net - 3.820 MHz LSB on
Wednesday following the 3rd Monday, Every Month at 7:00 PM Eastern Local


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PG-ARES/RACES provides emergency communication support. When the cell towers are down, or overloaded, when the land lines are down and the power is out, Amateur Radio operators can communicate with other operators anywhere in the world.  All members are volunteers with various levels of Amateur Radio licenses.  We also volunteer our personal Amateur Radio equipment when we are called to serve.

PG-ARES is supported by contributions from members, the public & grants to PGCERA, Inc.. To contribute, please go to: PGCERA, Inc.

"Amateur Radio Emergency Service Today" - by the late Walter Cronkite - YouTube Video

To view and print the PG-ARES Tri-Fold Brochure

If you are a FCC licensed Amateur Radio Operator and wish to participate or volunteer, you are encouraged to join our Tuesday evening Training-Nets or Meetings.  You may also join our PG-ARES Yahoo Group.

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The PG-ARES/RACES is a field service organization of the Amateur Radio Relay League and as such membership requirements include: a valid FCC Amateur Radio Operators License as well as a willingness to participate.   Our main function is to serve the community with our Amateur Radio hobby in times of need.

To be ARES Member you must participate in the On-the-Air Training Nets and come to the Meetings. See below.

To be RACES Member, qualified by Prince George's County and the State of Maryland, you must have completed the following FEMA On-Line Courses:
          IS-100a, IS-700a, IS-200b and IS-800b
Send your course completion certificates to the RACES Radio Officer (RO) by email or hand deliver it at a regular Meeting,

Click HERE to download the PGARES Membership Application. Please fill it in and return it to the AEC for Administration or bring it to the monthly meeting.


Meetings - Events Calendar   < < Click

PG-ARES On-Air Training Net on EVERY TUESDAY of the month @ 7:30 PM on the K3ERA 145.230- pl110.9 District Heights, MD Repeater

Monthly Meetings on the 3rd Monday of the month @ 7:00 PM at the EOC Meeting Room, PG Co. Fire Services Building, 6820 Webster St., Hyattsville, MD 20784-1474.

MDC Section HF Hospital Training Net (HFHN) on the Wednesday following the Monthly Meeting @ 7:00PM Local on 3820 KHz LSB.  This is a controlled net, please follow the instructions of the Net Control Station, usually Wanda-KA3AHI.

Training Meeting on a selected Saturday Mornings of most months, starting at various times and ending at 12 Noon at the EOC Meeting Room, PG Co. Fire Services Building, 6820 Webster St., Hyattsville, MD 20784-1474.



In order to hone our skills as communicators, net controllers, and volunteers in general, we provide communication support for localevents such as marathons, bicycle races, parades & festivals.  We also provide communication support during emergencies and disasters with other volunteer organizations.

Prince George's County (PG Co.) Health Care Coalition  < < Click
We have standing agreements with local hospitals and County Health Depts. to provide communication support if and when their existing systems fail.  Currently we have complete radio stations at six of the County hospitals.   Also, the County Health Departments will come online during 2009. When these other stations come on line, PG-ARES will need another 10 to 13 trained operators to operate the new stations. So, if you would like to become involved with the Prince George's ARES, we would like to train you now. Please check into one of the 1st, 3rd, or 5th Tuesday Training Nets and make yourself known.   See the Prince George's Co. Health Care Coalition pages.

HF Hospital Net on the Wednesday following the Monthly Meeting @ 8:00 PM on 3820 KHz LSB.  This is a controlled net, please follow the instructions of the Net Control Station, usually Wanda-KA3AHI.  The HFHN is open to all HF operators from anywhere as we would use this Net for wide area/multi state emergency communications.



On-the-Air Training Nets are held every Tuesday on the 145.230- pl110.9 repeater @ 7:30 PM Local.
Download the Net Control Script, Ver. 4.4, 12/28/14     See: Net Control Schedule for June 2 thru Dec. 2018

Training Sessions are also held on one Saturday Morning per month at the FSB-EOC. Please see the WB2IFS-Jesse's PG-ARES/RACES/CERTCOM Training Web for a much more complete listing of upcoming training opportunities.  Also see the PG-ARES Events Calendar for times and locations of training sessions.

The FEMA Online Courses - a complete listing - http://training.fema.gov/IS/crslist.asp
        The IS-100a, IS-700a, IS-200b and IS-800b course completions are currently required by Prince George's County OEM to qualify you to work any County or State declared Emergency Incidents (RACES).

As you complete the FEMA courses, please send a copy your completion certificate to the AEC for Administration to update your records in our database, so we know you are eligable to work a RACES incident.
¹ IS-100a, Introduction to Incident Command System - http://training.fema.gov/is/courseoverview.aspx?code=IS-100.b
² IS-700a National Incident Management System (NIMS), An Introduction - http://training.fema.gov/is/courseoverview.aspx?code=IS-700.a
  IS-200b, ICS for Single Resources and Initial Action Incidents - http://training.fema.gov/is/courseoverview.aspx?code=IS-200.b
  IS-800b, ICS for National Response Framework, An Introduction - http://training.fema.gov/is/courseoverview.aspx?code=IS-800.b



Files, Instructions & other PDF's listed here are for downloading.
You may need Adobe Acrobat Reader to view some files.
Click the Acrobat Reader link to download the Reader.   
  • PG-ARES Tri-Fold Brochure - Who we are - 223 Kb
  • Net Control Script, Ver. 4.4, 12/28/14 - 73 Kb  
  • Net Operations - Chapter 4 - W3YVQ's PSCM NTS - 361 Kb
  • MEMA Maryland Natural Hazards Preparedness Guide - 3.0 Mb
  • Are You Prepared? September is Emergency Preparedness Month - 206 Kb
  • Disaster Preparedness web pages by Dave-KJ4ACS
  • E-jumpkit - A collection of files for use by the ARES/RACES team for use in the field. (coming soon)
  • Useful MAPS
  • ICS-213 - General Message Form
  • RMS Express Tutorial WB3KAS Rev 1.0.pdf (5 Mb) - Given on Aug. 24, 2013 at the EOC.  

  • Menu


    ARRL Links
    ARRL - Amateur Radio Relay League
    ARRL - ARES - Amateur Radio Emergency Service
    ARRL Atlantic Division - Web Site
    ARRL - Maryland DC Section - Section Manager Marty Pittinger, KB3MXM

    PG ARES-RACES - Yahoo Group and eMail Reflector.
    MDC-ARES - Maryland-DC Section ARES reflector
    MDC-EC EC & AEC reflector

    FEMA Federal Emergency Management Agency - Home page
    MEMA Maryland Emergency Management Agency - Home page
    Pr.Geo's. Co. Prince George's County Emergency Warming Centers

    SKYWARN - Balto./Wash. Section
    NWS Forcast Office Balto./Wash. - enter your Zip Code for report
    NOAA Wx Radio - Wash. DC - WNG-736 @ 162.450 MHz
                Program your WX Radio for Prince George's County, MD 024033, MDZ013
    WX4NHC - National Hurricane Center Amateur Radio Station
    Lightning Maps - Maps of the local lightning strikes

    Traffic Nets
    MEPN - Maryland Emergency Phone Net

    WinLink 2000
    Winlink 2000 web page
    RMS Express software download - get the RMS_Express_setup_xxx-xxx.zip file

    Broadband Ham Net HSMM-MESH
    HSMM-MESH Home page
    WB2IFS's HSMM-MESH Project Slideshow

    Groups & Clubs
    GMRA - The Green Mountain Repeater Association - 2 Meter Repeaters
    CMRG - Central Maryland Repeater Group - 70 CM Repeaters
           We greatfully thank GMRA and CMRG for the use of the repeaters for the ARES Training & Emergency Nets.
    AARC - Anna Arundel Radio Club of Davidsonville, Md.
    T-MARC - The Mid-Atlantic Repeater Council



    PGARES Call Sign - W3PGC
    VHF Repeater is K3ERA - 145.230- pl 110.9 located atop Doctors Hospital in Lanham, MD
    RMS Node -   W3PGC-10 - 145.750 MHz & 445.975 MHz located at the EOC in Hyattsville, MD
    Location: 39.94553ºN   76.900022ºW
    Snail Mail -  
    6820 Webster St., Room 113
    Hyattsville, MD 20784-1474


    Jim Montgomery - WB3KAS
    Brandywine, MD
    ARES Emergency Coordinator (EC)

    Richard Snider - WA3YTK
    Upper Marlboro, MD
    AEC for Administration

    Steven Keller - KC3DSO
    Lanham, MD
    AEC for Operations

     Wanda Montgomery - KA3AHI
    Brandywine, MD
    AEC for Health Care Coalition
        (Hospitals & Health Depts.)

     Jim Baker - N3XKJ
    Beltsville, MD
    AEC for Fire Dept. & EMS

     Position Open
      - AEC for Training
    Position Open

     Bill Milligan- W3WFM
    Upper Marlboro, MD
    AEC Public Information Officer

     Jim Wallace - N3ADF
    Bowie, MD
    AEC Web Master


    Photo Albums

  • National MakerFaire 2016. - June 18-19, 2016 at Univ. of Distric of Columbia  
  • Slide show from the 2016 Makers Faire - June 18 & 19, 2016 - A few pictures of WB2IFS-Jesse and N3ADF  
  • State's Attorney's 5K Crime Victums' Fund Run - Oct. 2012
  • National Night Out 2011 - Aug. 2, 2011
  • Field Day 2011 - June 25-26, 2011
  • WinLink RMS Express Class - July 23, 2011
  • Map of PGARES WinLink2K RMS Packet Nodes - Jan. 26, 2011
  • Prince George's VFD Parade Communications Team - Sept. 18, 2010
  • Wind Wizard 2010 Drill - August 26, 2010
  • August 2010 Meeting - Cake celebrating the new EC & RO for PGARES
  • August 2010 Meeting - Cliff-W3CB receives his "Most Net Check-Ins 2010" award from the new EC, Jim-WB3KAS
  • National Night Out 2010 - Tuesday, August 3, 2010 - Pr. Geo's County, MD
  • Holiday Social 2009 - at the Golden Corral, Largo Towne Center
  • National Night Out 2009 - Tuesday, August 4, 2009 - Pr. Geo's County, MD
  • Field Day 2009 - American Legion Post 66, Bowie, MD
  • "Go Kit" Seminar & "Show & Tell" - July & August 2008
  • Holiday Social 2007 - at the Golden Corral, Largo Towne Center
  • Field Day 2007 - at the Armed Forces Retirement Home, DC
  • Red Cross Shelter Simulation Exercise - Sept. 29, 2007
  • Hams At Settings Other Than Ham Radio Functions
  •             Jim-N3XKJ with Santa and members of Girl Scout Senior Troop 3988 prepare to ride the engine truck to an event.
                Jerry-N3WSG tees off at a charity golf tournament
    Hams at the Anne Arundel Scottish Highland Games & Festival - Oct. 13, 2007
         Also see "QST" for January 2008, page 13
    If you have digital photos of PG ARES events, your EmComm gear, your QTH Shack, or other photos involving Ham Radio, please email them with captions to Webmaster
  • News Clips

    Publication: Andrews Gazette - Friday, Sep 07, 2012
    Ham radio operators help hospitals in emergencies
    by Chris Basham, Staff writer


    Jim Wallace - N3ADF - Web Master.
    All content, images & graphics Copyright © 2008-2018 by ARRL or PG-ARES - Page last updated - July 19, 2018