East Thurston County ARES Team



Radio Recommendations

Anytone AT-D878UV DMR

The Anytone AT-878UV radio shown above is an analog and DMR mode dual band handheld.   This radio is available online from Powerwerx or Amazon.   This FCC Part 90 accepted handheld radio performs very well on the amateur bands and is legal to operate on the City of Rainier's EOC net.   In DMR mode this handheld will get as much as 40% better battery life than handhelds operating in other digital or analog modes.  

Connect Systems CS800D

The Connect Systems CS800D dual band VHF/UHF radio shown above is FCC Part 90 accepted, performs very well on the amateur bands in both analog and DMR modes, and is legal to operate on the Rainier EOC Net.   This radio is available online from Connect Systems.   The CS800D is a good choice for a base or mobile rig for ETC ARES team members.   This radio also has a removable control head which allows it to be remote mounted.


This is the home of the East Thurston County ARES Team in Washington State.   The all-volunteer ETC ARES Team was established by the ARRL Western Washington Section leadership to serve the communities of Yelm, Rainier, Tenino, and the surrounding areas of East Thurston County, Washington.   For ARRL training and administrative purposes, our team is currently organized under the ARRL Western Washington Section, District #5, and is affiliated with the Yelm Amateur Radio Group.   We work with the Thurston County ARES (TCARES) Team who are the amateur radio interface to the Thurston County Emergency Coordination Center (ECC) and Thurston County Emergency Management.  


The ETC ARES Team's vision is to increase public safety and reduce the uncertainty and chaos in our communities in the aftermath of a disaster event by facilitating efficient and effective radio communication between our neighbors, local organizations, and government officials.

Net Schedule

FRS/GMRS Emergency Radio Nets

Our group works with a multi-layered approach at disaster communications that encourages the integration with other non-ham radio services such as FRS/GMRS.   This approach is compatible with the Radio Relay International (RRI) National SOS Radio Network Hamwatch program as described in their training presentation: NSOS-Hamwatch-PPT-TR-003-Final-Approved.pdf.   The primary benefit is that we expand the reach of our finite amateur radio resources and increase our contact with the public.   We hope to grow the following list of organized neighborhood emergency radio nets:

If you represent such a neighborhood group or would like to help form one please contact us with the e-mail link at the bottom of the page.   The ETC ARES team has regular comm exercises and drills where we'd like to practice interfacing with the various neighborhood emergency radio nets.  


Anyone with a current FCC-issued Amateur Radio license may apply for membership on the East Thurston County (ETC) Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) Team.   Having a current FCC-issued General Mobile Radio Service (GMRS) license is optional, but also a helpful asset to the team.   We serve the eastern area of Thurston County, so ideally you live in Yelm, Rainier, Tenino, or one of the surrounding areas.   Our current Disaster Communications Plan in the Documents section below describes our served area in detail.  

If you are interested in joining the team or have questions that our Plan doesn't answer, feel free to contact the ETC ARES Team Emergency Coordinator (EC) via e-mail [ec@etc-ares.org], text message, or phone [+1 (360) 999-0680].



A radiogram is a telegram sent by shortwave radio nets operating 365 days per year, 24-hours per day. These nets are sponsored by Radio Relay International and use a variety of communication technologies including voice, Morse code, and the latest, very sophisticated, digital methods. See the frequently asked questions on the back of the "Standard Radiogram Form" below.