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 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 Foundation, Sumter Landing Bicycle Club, emergency services organizations, and Non-profit groups


The Amateur Radio Parity Act has been re-introduced.

On January 13, 2017, Representative Adam Kinzinger (R-IL-16) introduced the "Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2017" into the new 115th Congress.  Mr. Kinzinger was joined by Representative Joe Courtney (D-CT-02) and Representative Greg Walden, W7EQI, (R-OR-02) as original co-sponsors. The bill has been designated as HR 555, and was assigned to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, which is chaired by Congressman Walden.

The wording of HR 555 is identical to the language of HR 1301, which passed the US House of Representatives by a unanimous consent vote in September 2016 during the 114th Congress, which adjourned in December.

On Monday January 23, 2017 the US House of Representatives suspended their rules and passed the Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2917 by unanimous consent. This action now sends the bill to the US Senate for its consideration.  

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 
2030 Monday
146.925 - PL 123.0

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


Nearby Regular Radio Nets

Citrus County ARES Net
1900 Wednesday
146.775 - PL 146.2

Marion County ARES Net
1930 Wednesday
146.610 + PL 123.0

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


Sumter County Emergency Radio Nets (Protected Frequencies)

Sumter SKYWARN Net
147.030 + PL 123.0

Sumter EmComm Ops Net
146.925 - PL 123.0

Sumter Backup Repeater
145.490 - PL 123.0


Hurricane Monitoring (Protected Frequencies)

SARNet - Ocala
444.0250 + PL 123.0

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

Cuban National Emergency Net
7.110, 7.120, 3.720, 3.740

SATERN Emergency Net (Salvation Army)



 Last Update:  07/31/2017    Copyright Sumter County ARES. All Rights Reserved.