Polk County Amateur Radio Emergency Service, ARES, provides emergency and public service communications to our served agencies. Getting the message through “when all else fails”.

Our served agencies are Polk County Emergency Management, American Red Cross, Polk County CERT Teams, Polk County Hospitals, and the Municipalities located within Polk County.

Our next meeting will be on Thursday, February 22nd at 7:00pm.  Doors open at 6:30pm.  For more information, click here.

FRIDAY EVENING SOCIAL – DATE:  Friday February 23, 2024
TIME:   6:00 P.M. – 9:00 P.M.
PLACE:  Golden Corral – 815 Providence Road, Brandon, FL 33511.

TECHCON MAIN SESSION – DATE:  Saturday February 24, 2024
TIME:  Welcome and Check In (Coffee and Doughnuts) – 8:00 A.M.,
Conference Opening – 8:45 A.M., and Presentations begin – 9:00 A.M.
PLACE: Hillsborough County Public Safety Operations Complex – Emergency Operations Center. – 9450 E. Columbus Dr., Tampa, FL 33619.

For more information, visit the ARRL WCF Web site at

News – 01/21/2024 – ARRL Board Meeting – With a goal of recruiting and developing greater participation in the ARRL Amateur Radio Emergency Service® (ARES®), the Board has approved, at the recommendation of the Emergency Communications and Field Services Committee, a commitment to expand messaging and marketing for the program.

The Polk ARES ICS-205 and Polk County ARES Band Plan have been updated.  You can find them under the Operations menu option at the top of this page.

Our focus is on preparation and training for wireless communications during disasters and public service events.  A  Statewide Florida Emergency website has been opened.  Come check it out.  

Winlink RMS Gateways in Polk County

144.930 WC4PEM-5
144.950 W4PSR-5

The Imperial Polk County ARES Net is held every Wednesday at 7:00pm EST on the following frequencies on the Polk County Emergency Management, WC4PEM, repeater system:

This is a wide area linked repeater system. Pick the repeater located closest to you. You should be able to reach one of our repeaters with a 5 watt HT from anywhere in Polk County. If you are not, please contact Polk ARES through our contact page and we will help you find an antenna solution.

Click here for a coverage map of the WC4PEM repeater system.

The WC4PEM D-Star Gateway repeater located in Bartow is on 444.4875.  You can view the dashboard for this repeater by clicking here.