The Amateur Radio Emergency Service was officially established in
Sherburne County, Minnesota on February 27, 2006. The organization
started out with a small core of ten dedicated individuals who designed
the Emergency Response Plan and associated Memoranda of Understandings.
These documents established the basic operating guidelines of the
The Sherburne County ARES membership includes local businessmen
and women, students, government employees, military personnel, skilled
laborers, retired civilians and even military retirees, all of whom have
a dedication to providing public service.
The Sherburne County ARES organization provides
communications services to the Cities of
Becker, Big Lake, Elk River, Orrock, Princeton, Santiago, St. Cloud,
Zimmerman, and various other Sherburne County communities.
During times of emergency, when normal communication methods have
been disrupted, our federally licensed radio operators (ham radio
operators) are able to provide both ARES and RACES communications for
Hospitals, Fire Departments,
Sheriff and Police Departments and other local authorities.
The Sherburne County ARES organization operates under club call
sign K0SCA, and is directly supported by the Sherburne County Repeater Guild, Inc.
The Sherburne County ARES organization also actively
supports all of our local Amateur Radio Operators including
the Sherburne County Amateur Radio Club. The Sherburne
County Amateur Radio Club meets every third Tuesday of the
month in the Elk River Emergency Operations Center. The goal
of the club is to promote the sharing of new ideas and an
atmosphere where "Hams" can learn more about our favorite
The K0SCA Club Station Repeater is now coordinated and
fully operational. It transmits on a frequency of 147.285 with a
positive 600 khz. offset, and has a CTCSS tone of 131.8.
The repeaters in Big Lake and Princeton have been
re-coordinated with the MRC. Both repeaters are fully
operational. The Big Lake repeater is
assigned a frequency of 145.490 with a 146.2 tone. The
Princeton repeater is assigned a frequency of 146.775 with a
The new UHF repeater located at the Fairview Northland
Hospital in Princeton has been programmed and installed. All
that is remaining is to install the antenna system. It will
be operating on a frequency of 444.700 with a 146.2 tone.