Welcome to the Northeast District, WI ARES/RACES (Amateur Radio Emergency Service/Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service) webpage.
The Northeast District includes the 13 counties of Florence, Forest, Langlade, Lincoln, Marathon, Marinette, Menominee, Oconto, Oneida, Portage, Shawano, Vilas and Wood.
ARES is a corps of trained volunteer amateur radio operators that are organized to assist in public service and emergency communications. ARES is organized and sponsored by the American Radio Relay League.
RACES operates under the Wisconsin Emergency Management (WEM) and activates when the incident expands beyond local boundaries.
Communication failures have been a defining part of natural disasters and even some human-generated events such as the September 11 attacks that occurred in New York City in 2001. A lack of communication between firefighters at the World Trade Center contributed directly to the deaths of 300 of those firefighters. Amateur radio provides a means of communication “when all else fails.”