Association of Emergency Radio Organizations in Minnesota

It’s a new AERO to meet a new and growing need, and we’ve updated our training to meet that need. In this article you will learn what you need to get involved.

AERO is an organization of emergency communications organizations that establishes and offers emergency communications training in support of its member organizations served in Anoka, Dakota, Carver, Chisago, Hennepin, Isanti, Ramsey, Scott and Washington counties.

In order to take AERO training, you must be a member of one of our recognized AERO organizations.

Since AERO is an organization of organizations, individuals cannot be members. Your participation in training is contingent upon your involvement in a Metro-area government-recognized emergency management or disaster support organization that provides its own communications capability by recruiting Amateur Radio Operators.

These organizations include government emergency management organizations, hospitals associated with the Metro Hospital Compact, and disaster support organizations like the Red Cross (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) and the Salvation Army. They also include amateur radio organizations associated with a government agency such as Bloomington Communications Group, Maple Grove Radio Club, Hennepin County Sheriff's Office Communications Response Team, Hennepin County Emergency Management Auxiliary Communications Team, Ramsey County Emergency Management and Homeland Security, Minnesota Homeland Security and Emergency Management, CERT Teams, and various ARES/RACES/SKYWARN organizations like Metro Skywarn, Dakota Co ARES/RACES or Anoka Co ARES/RACES.

To get involved, join a recognized organization, one of the above, or another not mentioned. Get some proof of your involvement like an ID,  a letter of acceptance, or something similar that identifies a Gov't organization representative that AERO can contact to verify your status.

Some of you may have already visited,  some may have already registered. This registration process will serve as your application for training. Only verification from your home organization will ensure your invitation and admission to future AERO classes.

AERO will provide you with state of the art communications training designed to serve emergency management or disaster support organizations. The list above is not intended to be a complete list. You can propose your organization's affiliation by registering on this website and the AERO Board will consider your application and notify you and your organization.

Before registration, a little preparation is required. You will need a pdf copy of your Amateur Radio License. A reference copy is sufficient and can be downloaded from The actual license is preferred. You will also need a pdf copy of your Certificates of Completion for IC100, IC200, IC700, and IC800, and any other training you may have taken. Your credentials will determine which class you will be invited to attend.

Then go to, and register. Fill all the information you can. The above information is required to save your work, so make sure you complete your preparation before registering. Make sure you list the government recognized EMComm organization with whom you are affiliated (member) that you will support with your training. That organization may be or is eligible to be a member of AERO and will want you to advance in your training.

Upload a copy of your Amateur Radio License and Certificate of Completion for the IC, AERO, ARRL or other classes you've taken.

Make sure your AERO profile is as up-to-date as possible, and stop back often to update if after you advance in your training. The documentation of your qualifications may qualify you for invitations to future trainings.

Once your profile is complete, you will receive your Eventbrite invitation to the appropriate AERO class scheduled in the near future.

Thank you for your commitment to providing service to your community.





AERO 101

Oct 14 (Sat)

Hennepin County Emergency Communications Facility

1245 Shenandoah Ln N

Plymouth, MN 55447

8:30 am to 12:30 pm

Nov 11 (Sat)


Eden Prairie
Eden Prairie Fire Station #1
14800 Scenic Heights Road,
Eden Prairie, MN 55344


8:30 am to 12:30 pm

AERO 102

Oct 24 (Tues)

Maple Grove Fire Station #2

13450 Maple Knoll Way

Maple Grove, MN 55369


6:00 pm to 10:00 pm