Western Washington District 3 - ARES & RACES

  1. General Info
  2. Grays Harbor County
  3. Lewis County
  4. Mason County
  5. Pacific County
  6. Thurston County
  7. City of Centralia
  8. East Thurston
  9. Info Links
  10. Revision History

Welcome to our website and thank you for visiting!

Western Washington District 3 consists of five counties and two cities.

This website is part of Washington ARES and should provide contact information for all of District 3. The District 3 ARES net meets every Sunday at 7:15 PM on BeachNet and the Capitol Peak repeater systems.

Leadership Name Call Sign Phone Number
District 3 Emergency Coordinator (DEC) Howard Auble W7HGA (360) 942-0232
District 3 Assistant Emergency Coordinator (ADEC)
Grays Harbor County Emergency Coordinator (EC/RO) Doyle Wenzel N7UJK (360) 532-7470
Lewis County Emergency Coordinator (EC/RO) Bill Harwell AC7SR (360) 807-4704
Mason County Emergency Coordinator (EC/RO) Tom Dennis KA4VVA (360) 482-8378
Pacific County Emergency Coordinator (EC/RO) Bob Cline N7CVW (360) 665-4496
Thurston County Emergency Coordinator (EC/RO) Steve Tomlin W7SLT (360)970-6850
City of Centralia Emergency Coordinator (EC) Bob Willey KD7OWN (360) 736-9633
East Thurston County Emergency Coordinator (EC/RO) Gary Hurnblad WA7SH

Grays Harbor County

About Us

Grays Harbor Auxiliary Emergency Communications (AEC) volunteers provide communications support to all emergency response agencies of Grays Harbor County including the Department of Emergency Management (DEM) and other multi-jurisdictional Emergency Operations Centers/shelters. This may include using equipment and frequencies beyond the traditional boundaries of Amateur Radio on any authorized radio, which may be connected with the on-going emergency. This support may involve the use of telephone, cellular, computer, internet, e-mail, Packet/Pactor systems and in-office support of those managing the event. AEC members are not emergency communications dispatchers.

While AEC is rooted in the ARES and RACES Amateur Radio programs, changes in communication technology and the requirements needed by public safety organizations require operators to be trained in communication areas other than operations on a selected frequency of a single service.

Until the mid 90s, there were two local teams which were then combined into one larger team trained to handle all served agencies. This has created a single point of contact for these agencies to receive communication support. The Grays Harbor DEM selected the name, Auxiliary Emergency Communications (AEC).

The DEM sponsors and manages the AEC program. Members of the combined team complete the AEC membership application and are credentialed through the DEM office. This then allows members to respond as RACES if needed and are covered under the Washington State Emergency worker program when activated with a state mission number.

AEC expects its personnel to be more than just operators of radios on a "call if you need me" basis. AEC members strive to be professional communicators, who work as non-paid staff with the DEM to respond to the Emergency Operations Center or to any location necessary to maintain or enhance communications for the duration of the emergency. AEC is dedicated to working in partnership with the public-safety community to excel in the ability to provide professional emergency communications resources and services.

Auxiliary Emergency Communications members may respond with their personal equipment to set up communications most anywhere in the county and support the DEM radio room in Montesano which has communications capabilities on all Amateur Radio bands as well as Law Enforcement, fire, marine, air, transportation, PUD and state emergency frequencies.

AEC has structured five Amateur radio repeaters throughout the county, which are used to carry out its program. AEC encourages its members to first, take care of themselves, family and neighbors during an emergency, but then to think about the larger picture. We strive to recruit communicators who look beyond their hobby as Amateur radio operators and wish to serve their community by committing to AEC and its goals.

Please address requests for additional information to [email protected]

ARES/RACES officials

Name Call Sign Position Phone Number
Doyle Wenzel N7UJK EC/RO (360) 532-7470
George Stone AC7AI AEC/EOC Radio Mgr. (360) 249-4526
Leslie O'Brien N7LOB AEC/NCS (360) 533-4359

EOC Contacts

Name Phone Number
EOC (360) 249-3911
Radio Room (360) 964-1581

Repeater Frequencies

Frequency Tone Location Link
444.950+ 118.8 Capital Peak (Linked to KO Peak - Pacific County)
444.050+ 118.8 Elma - Minot Peak (Linked to KO Peak - Pacific County)
145.390- 118.8 Cosmopolis (Linked to KO Peak - Pacific County)
444.700+ 118.8 Neilton (Linked to KO Peak - Pacific County)
444.200+ 118.8 Ocean Shores (Linked to KO Peak - Pacific County)

Packet Stations

145.630 EOC - Montesano - Mailbox W7EOC-1 - Digipeat at W7EOC

145.630 Minot Peak - Elma - Node/Gateway - "Minot" ' Digipeat at W7EOC-7

145.630 Neilton Peak Node/Gateway - "Neiltn" Digipeat at W7EOC-6

145.630 Capitol Peak Node/Gateway - Node - GHDEM, Digipeat - CAPTL

145.630 North Aberdeen - Node/Gateway - "Aberd" - Digipeat through W7EOC-5

145.630 RMS Station - Aberdeen - N7LOB-10


Code of Ethics

AEC Net Preamble

AEC Form


The Grays Harbor County AEC Net meets each Sunday at 19:00 hours local. The first Sunday of each month on 146.580 simplex. The remaining Sundays the net is found on any of the five linked AEC repeaters listed above.

The Grays Harbor County Amateur Radio Club meets the first Thursday of every month at the Hoquiam Library meeting room at 19:00 hours.

Department of Emergency Management

Sheriff Darrin Wallace, Director of Emergency Management

Hannah Cleverly, Deputy Director of Emergency Management

Nick Falley, Program Manager


Lewis County

About Us

In section 97.1 of the Amateur Radio Services rules, the FCC describes the fundamental purpose of the Amateur Radio Service. The basis and purpose of the Amateur Radio Service include five principles:

1. Recognition and enhancement of the value of the amateur service to the public as a voluntary, noncommercial communications service, particularly with respect to providing emergency communications

2. Continuation and extension of the amateur's proven ability to contribute to the advancement of the radio art.

3. Encouragement and improvement of the amateur radio service through the rules which provide for advancing skills in both the communications and technical phase of the art.

4. Expansion of the existing revision with in the amateur radio service of trained operators, technicians and electronics experts.

5. Continuation and extension of the amateur's unique ability to enhance good will.

This is what the Amateur Radio Emergency Service (A.R.E.S.) program is all about and what each A.R.E.S. unit strives for in all its members.


Name Call Sign Position Phone Number
Bill Harwell AC7SR EC/RO (360) 807-4704
Mike Payne AC7UP AEC (360) 785-3025
James Van Ornum AE7TF AEC (360) 557-6234


Sundays, at 1845 hours the Lewis County ARES net meets on the Baw Faw Repeater, 147.060+, 110.9 tone

Mason County

About Us

Mason County ARES is a residential responder based organization. During an emergency Mason County ARES members will remain at their residences and act as net control operators establishing community based radio nets. The purpose of these nets is to provide a temporary emergency communications system to replace a compromised traditional phone system. This will allow for the timely requests for assistance and organizing the community based self rescue efforts.

The Mason County ARES does not provide AMATEUR RADIO OPERATORS to the Mason County Department of Emergency Management or the MST program. For information regarding these programs please contact the Mason County Department of Emergency Management at 360-427-9670.


Name Call Sign Position Phone Number
Tom Dennis KA4VVA ARES EC/RO (360) 490-0446
John Carpenter N7HNO AEC/ARO (425) 677-0191


Washington State District 3 ARES Net meets Sunday 1915 hours on 145.470 negative off set with a tone of 100

Mason County ARES meets the first Sunday of the month at 1930 hours on 146.720 negative off set with a tone of 103.5

Amateur Radio Clubs in Mason County

The amateur radio clubs in our county are separate and apart from ARES®, yet most club members who have the time also belong to ARES®. Both clubs sponsor our emergency communications effort by the funding and upkeep of their respective repeaters, each of which are dedicated to emergency use by all amateurs. Show up for a meeting when you get a chance. Each club offers excellent fellowship and plenty of activities to keep your amateur radio hobby fresh and alive.

North Mason Amateur Radio Emergency Service Club (NMARES) meets 4th Thursday at 7 PM in the Belfair area.

Pacific County

About Us

Our main EOC (callsign WA7PC) is in South Bend behind the courthouse. Our Alternate EOC (callsign W7RDR) is in Long Beach at the County Building.

The Pacific County Amateur Radio Club meets the second Saturday every month at Hunter's Inn restaurant in Naselle at 9 AM local. Talk-in frequency is 146.86.

Repeater Freequencies:

Pacific County Amateur Radio Club is at 146.860,  tone is 118.8 and it is located in Ilwaco. Not curretly operational.

The BeachNet Linked Repeater System is a linked network of open Amataeur radio repeaters covering nearly 9,000 square miles in southwest Washington State.  A transmission over any of the repeaters is heard on all stations in the system, blanketing the southern coastal counties, an impossible task from any one site.  For more information go to BeachNet.

Packet Stations   Frequency  145.630  Node: HOLYX

Mailbox for South Bend EOC is WA7PC-1 (145.630)

Mailbox for Long Beach AEOC is W7RDR-1 (145.010)


ARES/RACES Officials for Pacific County

Name Call Sign Position Phone e-mail
Bob Cline N7CVW EC/RO (360) 665-4496 [email protected]
Frank Wolfe NM7R AEC - Technical/Training (360) 665-5292 [email protected]
Dick Santoro AA7NS AEC - Community Comms (541) 225-7644 [email protected]
Dan Dimick N7DRD AEC - (503)915-9400 [email protected]
Howard Auble W7HGA AEC - South Bend EOC (360) 942-0232 [email protected]
AEC - Training Exercises
Mark Clemmens K7MHC AEC - AHAB Siren Testing (360) 665-4807 [email protected]

AEC - Beach Cleanup

To join the Pacific County ARES and/or RACES team, send an email to Bob Cline EC/RO ([email protected]) and he will send you the appropriate forms.  We welcome anyone wishing to help our county with emergency communications.


The Pacific County Emergency Services Net meets every Thursday at 1930 hours on the Beachnet which is also linked to the Clatsop County, Oregon W7BU system 145.45 repeater.

Thurston County

About Us

Please contact Thurston County on their website at www.wa7oly.net

City of Centralia

About Us

The Centralia Amateur Radio Emergency Services Team supports the Centralia Police Department, Riverside Fire Authority and the City of Centralia's Emergency Operations Center.  Our primary mission is to provide amateur radio communications to the EOC should normal forms of communications fail.  Other requirements include performing windshield surveys for the Incident Commanders, delivery and placement of command and communication vehicles when requested, upkeep and delivery of deep water rescue vehicles during area floods, urban searches, traffic control and monitoring local sandbag stations.

Member training and drills are conducted the first and third Mondays beginning with an activation net at 6:15 pm on the K7CEM repeater, 145.490, -600, tone 110.9.  The K7CEM repeater also supports UHF capability at 442.050 (447.050 offset), tone 103.5.


Bob Willey, KD7OWN, Emergency Coordinator, (360) 736-9633

Lyle Olmsted, KB7PI, Assistant Emergency Coordinator

Chuck Verdon, W5KAV, Assistant Emergency Coordinator

Bill Knepper, N7GWK, Assistant Emergency Coordinator


First and thrid Monday evening, 6:15 pm, K7CEM repeater, 145.490, -600, tone 110.9

City of Lacey

About Us

Lacey Information is for historical purposes only. The Lacey ARES group was officially formed in 2013. Our mission is to support the City of Lacey, WA with Amateur Radio Communication during all Exercises and Emergencies. We are HF capable on all bands, 2-meter and 440 voice and 2-meter packet. If you are interested in joining a small, but energized group, please call our EC or AEC.


Name Call Sign Position Phone Number
Tom Palmateer K7TCM ARES EC (360) 292-3057


Monday evenings at 7 PM on the PSE repeater on 145.150-, 103.5 tone.

East Thurston County ARES

About Us

Please see our website etc-ares.org


Name Call Sign Position Phone Number
Gary Hurnblad WA7SH ARES EC

Information and Links


BeachNet Linked Repeater Network

Ocean Park 145.170 -600khz 118.8Hz
North Cove 145.310 -600khz 118.8Hz
North Cove (Naselle Reciever) 145.310 -600khz 114.8Hz
Cosmopolis (Grays Harbor) 145.390 -600khz 118.8Hz
Grays River (Wahkiakum) 147.020 +600khz 118.8Hz
Grays River (Cathlamet Receiver) 147.020 +600khz 110.9Hz
Megler (Remote Receivers) 147.180 +600khz 82.5Hz
South Bend 147.340 +600khz 82.5Hz
KO Peak (Not Linked) 224.040 -1.6Mhz 118.8Hz
South Bend 224.820 -1.6Mhz 82.5Hz
Naselle 440.675 +5Mhz 118.8Hz
KO Peak 441.675 +5Mhz 118.8Hz
South Bend 442.675 +5Mhz 118.8Hz
Minot Peak (Grays Harbor) 444.050 +5Mhz 118.8Hz
Ocean Shores (Grays Harbor) 444.200 +5Mhz 118.8Hz
North Cove (Not Linked) 444.400 +5Mhz 118.8Hz
Nicolai (Clatsop) 444.500 +5Mhz 118.8Hz
Neilton (Grays Harbor) 444.700 +5Mhz 118.8Hz
Long Beach 444.800 +5Mhz 118.8Hz
Capitol Peak (Grays Harbor) 444.950 +5Mhz 118.8Hz

Other Repeaters

Capital Peak (D3 Net) 145.470 -600khz 100.0Hz
Baw Faw (Chehalis) 147.060 +600khz 110.9Hz
South Mtn (Mason) 145.270 -600khz 103.5 Hz

Packet Information  - Unless noted all stations are on 145.630 MHz

NODE Digi Call Freq Location
HolyX WA7PC-6 145.630 Pacific
Minot W7EOC-7 145.630 Grays Harbor
Neiltn W7EOC-6 145.630 Grays Harbor
SMTN N7SK-7 145.630 Mason
3sis W7SEM-7 145.630 Pierce
NICOLI WA6TTR-13 145.630 Cathlamet
GHDEM CAPTL 145.630 McCleary
KMHill WA6TTR-6 145.630 Grays River
ABERD W7EOC-5 145.630 Grays Harbor
W5KAV-10 145.630 Rochester
W5KAV-10 145.050 Rochester
KF7DJC-10 145.630 Centralia
W7EFR-14 145.630 Sammanish
N7LOB-10 145.630 Aberdeen
K7IF-10 145.630 Lacey
K7HTZ-10 145.020 VARA FM Olympia
N7DRD-10 145.010 Ocean Park
AE7RD-10 145.630 Cathlamet
K7RFH-10 145.630 Kent
W7EFR-12 145.630 Sammanish
WA7RW-10 145.010 Raymond
NK7N-10 145.010 Issaquah
W7EAT-10 145.050 Eatonville
W7GWK-10 145.050 Centralia
K7CEM-10 145.050 Centralia
AC7MD-10 145.630 Port Orchard
KD7X-10 145.630 Oak Harbor
W7PLC-10 144.950 VARA FM Olympia
N7SK 145.630 Shelton
Digi Freq 1 Freq 2 Bridge
EOC Mailboxes Freq Location
K7CEM-1 145.630 Centralia
W7EOC-1 145.630 Grays Harbor
AC7SR-4 145.630 Lewis
WA7MCU-3 145.630 Mason
WA7PC-1 145.630 Pacific-North
W7RDR-1 145.010 Pacific-South
WA7OLY-3 145.020 VARA FM Thurston


District 3 Net Control Duty Roster
Month County/City
January 2023 Pacific
February 2023 Thurston
March 2023 East Thurston
April 2023 Grays Harbor
May 2023 Lewis
June 2023 Mason
July 2023 Pacific
August 2023 Thurston
September 2023 East Thurston
October 2023 Grays Harbor
November 2023 Lewis
December 2023 Mason


District 3 Preamble

District 3 Roster pdf

District 3 Roster xlsx

Revision History

14 Jan 2020 Updated D3 Roster and removed Lacey from Monthly Net duties (W7HGA)

30 Dec 2019 Updated D3 Roster (W7HGA)

01 Nov 2019 Updated D3 Roster (W7HGA)

15 Jul 2019 Updated D3 Roster per N7CVW's request (W7HGA)

24 Mar 2019 Updated Net Control Roster dates

17 Mar 2019 Updated D3 Roster per N7CVW's request(W7SLT)

15 Mar 2019 Updated D3 Roster per N7UJK's request(W7SLT)

09 Mar 2019 Updated D3 Roster per AE7TF's request, removed reference to Lacey members, renumbered and verified member totals.(W7SLT)

04 Feb 2019 Updated D3 Preamble to remove Net Control calling for Lacey members and updated roster to current members (W7SLT)

04 May 2020 Updated D3 Roster (W7HGA)

08 Sep 2020 Updated D3 Roster (W7HGA)

20 Dec 2020 Updated D3 Roster and Grays Harbor preamble (W7HGA)

12 Jan 2021 Updated D3 Roster (AE7TF)

09 Feb 2021 Updated D3 Roster (W7HGA)

09 May 2021 Updated website to add East Thurston and update D3 Roster (W7HGA)

06 June 2021 Updated website to add East Thurston to D3 Roster (W7HGA)

06 Jan 2022 Updated website to show 2022 D3 Duty Roster (W7SLT)

23 Jan 2022 Updated D3 Roster (W7HGA)

26 Jan 2022 Updated Grays Harbor Ethics per N7UJK (W7HGA)

14 May 2022 Updated D3 Roster (W7HGA)

05 Jun 2022 Updated D3 Roster and Removed Lacey (W7HGA)

13 Jun 2022 Updated D3 Roster (W7HGA)

30 Jun 2022 Updated D3 Roster (AE7TF) and Mason County (KA4VVA)

01 Sep 2022 Updated D3 Roster (AE7TF) and Packet/RMS Thurston info (W7HGA)

02 Oct 2022 Updated D3 Roster (AE7TF)

02 Nov 2022 Updated D3 Roster (AE7TF)

04 Dec 2022 Updated D3 Roster (AE7TF)

31 Dec 2022 Updated D3 Roster (AE7TF) and Pacific County Page (N7CVW)

28 Feb 2023 Updated Pacific County Page (N7CVW) and Grays Harbor Page (N7UJK) and D3 Roster (AE7TF)

03 May 2023 Updated D3 Roster (AE7TF)