PG-ARES Logo Welcome to
Prince George's County, Maryland
Amateur Radio Emergency Service
Our call sign is W3PGC
Training Nets - EVERY TUESDAY @ 7:30 PM Local - K3ERA 145.230- pl 110.9 Repeater
Net Control Schedule for Jan - Jun. 2024 See: Net Control Script, Version 8, revised 01/08/24 (Get Adobe Reader)

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

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



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.

Amateur Radio Today - by the late Walter Cronkite (YouTube Video)

PG-ARES is supported by contributions from members, the public, and grants to PGCERA Inc..

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.

Join the PG-ARES Listserv!

Click here or send an email to, and include your name, email address, and call sign if you have one to join the listserv. Keep up with meetings, training sessions, and other events and activities.  Subscribing to the listserv DOES NOT automatically make you a member of PG-ARES. See the Membership section below for information on how to join PG-ARES.



PG-ARES/RACES is a field service organization of the Amateur Radio Relay League (ARRL) 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 an ARES Member:

RACES Member, qualified by Prince George's County and the State of Maryland, you must have completed the following FEMA On-Line Courses:

Send your course completion certificates to the RACES Radio Officer (RO) by email or hand deliver it at a regular Meeting, along with your Membership Application if you have not already applied.


Meetings - Events Calendar

PG-ARES On-Air Training Net on EVERY TUESDAY of the month @ 7:30 PM on the K3ERA 145.230- pl 110.9 District Heights, MD Repeater

Monthly Meetings on the 3rd Monday of the month @ 7:00 PM at the
Prince George's County Fire Services Building, 6820 Webster Street, 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.

Training Meeting on a selected Saturday Mornings of most months, starting at various times and ending at 12 Noon at the 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 local events 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
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 2 County Health Departments. PG-ARES will need another 20 trained operators to operate all the 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 Tuesday Training Nets and make yourself known.   See the Prince George's Co. Health Care Coalition pages.

MDC Section HF Hospital Net on the Wednesday following the Monthly Meeting @ 7:00 PM on 3820 +- KHz LSB. Early check-ins begin at 6:45 PM local.  This is a controlled net, please follow the instructions of the Net Control Station, K3ERA.  The MDC 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- pl 110.9 repeater @ 7:30 PM Local.
Download the Net Control Script, Version 8, revised 01/08/24 (Get Adobe Reader)
Training Sessions may be held on one Saturday Morning per month at the FSB-EOC. Also, please see the PG-ARES Events Calendar for times and locations of training sessions.

A complete listing of FEMA Online Courses

The following courses must be completed in order 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 eligible to work a RACES incident.

Training Resources for radios used at the hospitals.



Files, Instructions & other PDF's listed here are for downloading.
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ARRL - Amateur Radio Relay League
ARRL - ARES - Amateur Radio Emergency Service
ARRL Atlantic Division - Web Site
ARRL - Maryland DC Section - Section Manager Chris Van Winkle, AB3WG>

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

FEMA Federal Emergency Management Agency
MDEM Maryland Department of Emergency Management

U.S. RACES U.S. Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service
PGC-OEM Pr. Geo. County Office of Emergency Management

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

RMS Express

Groups & Clubs
PGARES - Prince George's Amateur Emergency Radio Service - W3PGC - 2 Repeaters
GMRA - The Green Mountain Repeater Association - 2 Repeaters
CMRG - Central Maryland Repeater Group  - 5 Repeaters
BWA - Bowie Wireless Assoc. of Bowie, MD. - K3BWA
LRC - Laurel Radio Club of Laurel, MD. - W3LRC - 2 Repeaters
AARC - Anne Arundel Radio Club of Davidsonville, Md. - W3VPR - 4 Repeaters
MMARC - Maryland Mobileers ARC of Millersville, MD. - W3CU - 2 Repeaters
T-MARC - The Mid-tlantic Repeater Council - Repeater Frequency Co-ordinator & Lists



PGARES Call Sign - W3PGC
VHF Repeater is K3ERA - 145.230 - pl 110.9 located in Districts Heights, Maryland
UHF Repeater is K3ERA - 447.325 - pl 110.9 located in Lanham, Maryland

    Snail Mail
P.O. Box 788
Greenbelt, MD 20768-0788


Jeffrey Humbert - KB3SPH
Indian Head, MD
ARES Emergency Coordinator (EC)

Bill Smith - N3XL
Bowie, MD
AEC for Operations

Milford Craig – N3WYG
Bowie, MD
AEC for Administration

Charles Hallock - AA3WS
Accokeek, MD
AEC for Logistics

Pamela Humbert - KB3SWS
Indian Head, MD
AEC for Training

Martin Mayer - KC3MSE
Silver Spring, MD
RACES Officer

Alexander Maricich - KB3WRY
Bowie, MD
AEC Webmaster

AEC for Health Care Coalition
    (Hospitals & Health Depts.)
Position Open


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Alexander Maricich - KB3WRY - Webmaster.
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