Washington County Texas A.R.E.S.

(Amateur Radio Emergency Services)

West Gulf Division / South Texas Section / District 5


The Washington County Amateur Radio Emergency Service® (ARES®), serves Washington County, Texas, and provides mutual aid to other ARES® groups in surrounding counties. Our mission is to provide dedicated volunteer federally licensed amateur radio operators to governmental, non-governmental and community agencies during times of emergency and disasters, thereby increasing safety for and expediting the recovery process of the affected agencies and communities.

Washington County ARES members come from diverse backgrounds and occupations, but all have in common an enjoyment of Amateur Radio and a desire to provide Community Service. Many of our members participate with area local clubs like the Washington County Amateur Radio ClubGrimes County Amateur Radio Group, Stephen F. Austin Radio Club, Bryan Amateur Radio Club, Texas A&M University Amateur Radio Club, and national organizations like the Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES®), the National Weather Service’s SkyWarn program, Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service (RACES) and Military Amateur Radio Services (MARS).

In addition to the groups local and linked Amateur operated repeater systems, emergency Amateur Radio communications equipment is maintained at Prairie Hill/Rocky Hill Volunteer Fire Department, the Downtown Brenham Fire Department Station 1, Washington County EMS building and Baylor Scott & White Medical Center in Brenham, for our authorized use during times of emergency.  We interface with agencies such as the Brenham Police Department, Washington County Sheriff’s Office, Brenham Fire Department, Washington County EMS, and the Brenham Red Cross, just to name a few.

This site is mainly to transmit information to members and other amateur radio operators.

Local Weather RADAR Map    N5MBM Weather Station    Washington County Weather forecast   

Texas Real-Time Lightning Map    Hurricane and Tropical Cyclone Map    Washington County Seismometer

TX DOT Road Conditions    Washington County Traffic and Road Conditions    Brazos River Status    Brenham Emergency Management

Lake Sommerville level status    Brenham Area Evacuation Route Map    Bluebonnet Outage Map    Entergy Outage Map    TXDOT Evacuation Map

USGS TX Water Dashboard    SETX RADAR Scope

Recruiting    Join ARES  About us    Our Mission Statement    ARRL   ARRL STX Section    Frequencies we use    Hospital Support Info    Local Clubs and Organizations    Local Emergency Services    Served Agencies   TX DPS Emergency Management    Training information    SKYWARN    SKYWARN Training Schedule   Become a Storm Spotter      R.A.C.E.S.    Links Page     Call sign look-up    How do I become a ham?    Contact Webmaster

In cooperation with - VoIPwx.net    Hurricane Watch Net    Red Cross Safe and Well

Hurricane/Tropical Storm Harvey info    Our response to Harvey

^^^^  Listen to the N5MBM ARES nodes with a 20 second delay  ^^^^

The purpose of The Washington County A.R.E.S. is to:

  1. Provide Emergency Communications for the Community.
  2. Promote Amateur Radio in the Community.
  3. Provide Public Service to the Community.
  4. Promote fellowship between local and NON-local Amateur Radio Operators.
  5. Build, maintain and expand a network of freely accessable ham radio 2-way radio repeaters that have global reach.

Come join in the fun!

Featuring a network of Internet linked 2-way ham radio emergency communication repeaters

Our network is open to all ham operators on the AllStarLink and EchoLink networks.  We welcome you to connect up and join the conversation. 

Please connect to our HUB on AllStarLink 45634 or Echolink N5MBM-R

Click on the image below to see a real time map of the repeaters currently online with the Washington County ARES Repeater System.

Map of repeaters in real time 

Click here to see the system in operation - when people key up, you will see the different nodes light up in different colors.

Regularly connected to the following communities:

Chappel Hill, TX    N5MBM    145.150-    PL103.5    Node:42414

Chappel Hill, TX    N5MBM    441.625+    PL103.5    Node:42466

Brenham, TX    N5MBM    441.925+    PL123.0    Node:45443

Industry, TX    KF5KXL    441.675-     PL103.5    Node:45442

Independence, TX    N5MBM    441.850    PL123.0    Node:45643

LaGrange, TX    N5FRT    441.325    PL 127.3    Node:43965

Other Texas Repeaters and Networks     LoneStarLinkSystem.org    SouthTexasLinkSystem.com     SaltGrass   

We do have a few rules and guidlines for using the linked repeater system.  Please look them over by clicking here.

For the duration of local weather emergencies we will be connected to the hurricane net, weather nets, spotter nets, etc. to facilitate emergency communications into and out of the affected areas.


Updated 10/04/2017

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