Wood County Area
Emergency & Disaster
Communication Information


Emergency Communication

ARES logo Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) is a corps of trained Amateur Radio operator volunteers organized to assist in public service and emergency communications.

Amateur Radio emergency communications in Wood County is organized by the Wood County ARES (WCARES) group. Any ham wishing to participate in ARES operations can inquire with WCARES.

WCARC is a supporter and our repeater system serves as the backup to the ARES repeater.

The Wood County ARES net is the 3rd Tuesday of each month at 7 PM local time.

Wood County ARES Repeater Information


(both linked)

146.790- 103.5 PL
443.5125+ 103.5 PL
Bowling Green, Ohio


(maybe linked)

147.180+ 67.0 PL
444.475+ 67.0 PL
Bowling Green, Ohio


Skywarn logo Skywarn is a program of the National Weather Service. Its mission is to collect reports of localized severe weather. These reports are used to aid forecasters in issuing and verifying severe weather watches and warnings, improve the forecasting and warning processes, and the tools used to collect meteorological data. It consists of a network of severe storm spotters that observe weather conditions and make reports of severe weather to their local NWS offices.

Cleveland NWS

The National Weather Service office in Cleveland services the counties from Toledo to Erie, PA, Lake Erie to just north of Columbus. Counties west of Toledo are serviced by the office in Northern Indiana. Frequencies of county nets, district nets, and the backbone are available for Hams or scanner listeners on the Cleveland Skywarn Amateur Radio Operations page.


The Cleveland office sponsors Skywarn Spotter Training in March and April, just before severe weather season.

Wood County Skywarn

Tune to the Wood County ARES repeater listed above.

NOAA Weather Radio

NOAA Weather Radio logo NOAA Weather Radio is a nationwide network of radio stations broadcasting continuous weather information directly from the closest National Weather Service office. NOAA Weather Radio broadcasts NWS warnings, watches, forecasts, and other hazard information 24 hours a day.

WeatherUSA maintains a directory of streaming links for many NWR sites. When seconds count - it is best to rely on a NOAA Weather Radio with battery backup!

There are seven frequencies used for NOAA Weather Radio nationwide:

162.400 MHz

162.425 MHz

162.450 MHz

162.475 MHz

162.500 MHz

162.525 MHz

162.550 MHz


NWR Specific Area Message Encoding (SAME) is a digitally encoded message that contains the type of message, counties affected, and message expiration time. SAME will activate your radio only when there is an alert for your county.

For Wood County, the SAME code is 039173 and covered by WXL51 - 162.500, KZZ47 - 162.525, and KHB97 - 162.400.

Public Service & Other Ham Radio Repeaters

A number of sections on our links page have sites with public service agencies' scanner frequencies and streaming Internet audio feeds! Amateur Radio repeater directories and locators are in the links section too.