The Metro/Douglas County Amateur Radio Emergency Service ® (MDARES ) consists of licensed amateurs who have voluntarily registered their qualifications and equipment for communications duty in the public service.   While ARES® is a program (and trademark) of the American Radio Relay League (ARRL) it is organized at a local level where ARES leaders determine how best to organize ourselves to best provide communications support to the agencies and organizations that we serve.

MDARES members are active in SKYWARN for the Metro/Douglas County.  Beside providing reports of  severe weather within Douglas County,  MDARES aslo provides volunteers to the National Weather Service to provide amateur radio communications to other spotter groups across the NWS Omaha’s 38 County Warning Area.

MDARES members also provide communications support to Heartland Chapter of the American Red Cross,  Salvation Army Team Emergency Radio Network (SATERN),  The Omaha Metropolitan Health Care Coalition,  and Douglas County Emergency Management.

Current DCARES Staff is:

  • NØUP        MDARES Emergency Coordinator
  • AI7Q          Assistant Emergency Coordinator – Red Cross
  • NØTRK     Assistant Emergency Coordinator – OMHCC
  • KAØVNY   Assistant Emergency Coordinator – National Weather
  • NØTRK      Assistant Emergency Coordinator – Salvation Army
  • WØAAI      Net Manager

You can reach the MDARES staff by emailing