Amateur Radio Emergency Services Association (ARES)

 Sumter County, Florida


The Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) consists of licensed amateurs who have voluntarily registered their qualifications and equipment for communications duty in the public service when disaster strikes.  Every licensed amateur, regardless of membership in ARRL or any other local or national organization, is eligible for membership in ARES.  The only qualification, other than possession of an Amateur Radio license, is a sincere desire to serve.  Because ARES is an amateur service, only amateurs are eligible for membership.  The possession of emergency-powered equipment is desirable, but is not a requirement for membership.


The Sumter County Amateur Radio Emergency Service is committed to providing reliable Amateur Radio communications support to the Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service, Office of Emergency Management, County Public Health and The Villages Hospital, and municipalities within the county.  Missions may be assigned to this unit in situations of an emergency nature or natural disaster anywhere within Sumter County or adjacent counties. Additionally, Sumter County ARES may participate in non-emergency events as requested by event organizers, provided the services requested are within the unit's capabilities and in compliance with Federal Communications  Commission Part 97 Rules.

Served agencies are Sumter County RACES (Sumter County Emergency Management), The Villages Public Safety, The Villages Regional Hospital and Foundation, Sumter Landing Bicycle Club, emergency services organizations, and Non-profit groups.

2018 Atlantic Hurricane Season Forecast

In spite of last year's disastrous hurricane season that included storms like Harvey, Irma and Maria, the U.S. probably won't see much of a hurricane reprieve this year, according to forecasters from the Colorado State University Tropical Meteorology Project.

The 2018 Atlantic hurricane season forecast released Thursday from Colorado State University calls for the number of named storms and hurricanes to be slightly above historical averages, but less than last year. The group led by Dr. Phil Klotzbach calls for another busy season with a total of 14 named storms, seven hurricanes and three major hurricanes. This is just above the 30-year average of 12 named storms, six hurricanes and two major hurricanes. A major hurricane is one that is Category 3 or stronger on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale

The numbers of Atlantic Basin named storms, those that attain at least tropical storm strength, hurricanes, and hurricanes of Category 3 intensity forecast by Colorado State University compared to the 30-year average.  Though the official Atlantic hurricane season runs from June through November, occasionally we can see storms form outside those months, as happened last season with April's Tropical Storm Arlene<.

The CSU outlook is based more than 30 years of statistical predictors, combined with seasons exhibiting similar features of sea-level pressure and sea-surface temperatures in the Atlantic and eastern Pacific Oceans.

Sumter County Regular Radio Nets

Sumter Skywarn Net 
2030 Sunday
147.030 + PL 123.0

TVARC Ragchew Net
1900 Monday
443.225 + PL 103.5  or
Echolink at K4LFK-R

Hog County ARC Net
2000 Monday
145.490 - PL 123.0

Sumter EmComm Net (All Services) 
2030 Monday
146.925 - PL 123.0
Echolink (WV1TPR-R Node: 955800)
AllStar (Node: 47485#)

Florida EmComm Net
2030 Wednesday (1st & 3rd)
146.925 - PL 123.0
Echolink (WV1TPR-R Node: 955800)
AllStar (Node: 47485#)

Friday Free For All Net
2030 Friday
146.925 - PL 123.0
Echolink (WV1TPR-R Node: 955800)
AllStar (Node: 47485#)

QCWA, Chapter 217 Net
1000 Friday
443.150 + PL 103.5 or
Echolink at K4LFK-R


Nearby Regular Radio Nets

Lake (LARA) ARES Nets
Voice* 1900 M-W-F  147.255 + 103.5
Packet 1900 M-W-F 145.010
*3rd Monday 1900 Simplex 147.420

Lake QCWA Net
1930 Tuesday

Citrus County ARES Net
1900 Wednesday
146.775 - PL 146.2

Marion County ARES Net
1930 Wednesday
146.610 + PL 123.0

Florida SARNet - Ocala
0900 Friday
444.0250 + PL 123.0

Florida SARNet - Clermont
0900 Friday
444.925 + PL 103.5

Southeastern D-STAR Weather Net 
2100 Sunday and during weather incidents
Alternate REF002A


Local Emergency Radio Nets
(Avoid Frequencies during Emergencies,
No inquiries, rag chew)

Sumter SKYWARN Net
(Weather Spotter reporting)

147.030 + PL 123.0

Sumter Emcomm Ops Net
(EOC, Shelters, Public Health, Etc.)
146.925 - PL 123.0

Sumter Backup Repeater
145.490 - PL 123.0

CERT of the Villages
145.210 - PL 110.9

Lake  Emcomm Ops Net
147.255 + 103.5

Marion Emcomm Ops Net  
146.610 + PL 123.0


Hurricane Monitoring
(Avoid Frequencies during Emergencies,  
No inquires, rag chew)

Florida ARES SARNet - Ocala
444.0250 + PL 123.0

Florida ARES SARNet - Clermont
444.925 + PL 103.5

Hurricane Watch Net (Alert Level 5)
14.325 (Day) & 7.268 (Night)

SATERN Emergency Net (Salvation Army)
International 14.265 USB
Southern 7.262 LSB

Cuban National Emergency Net
7.110, 7.120, 3.720, 3.740

Hurricane Watch Net (within 300 miles of landfall)
Caribbean Emergency & Weather Net (CEWN)



 Last Update:  04/16/2018    Copyright Sumter County ARES. All Rights Reserved.