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”.

Polk ARES is on Level 1 – Full Activation

An Statewide Florida Emergency website has been opened, Visit floridaemergency.net for information

Emergency FH Frequencies have been established.  Listen for up to date information starting Tuesday at 8pm – 8am on HF 3.940 or 3.950 and 8am – 8pm on HF 7.242 or 7.247

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Our focus is on preparation and training for wireless communications during disasters and public service events.

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.

The Imperial Polk County ARES Net is held every Wednesday at 7:30pm EST on the following frequencies on the Polk County Emergency Management, WC4PEM, repeater system:

  • 146.985 neg. offset, 127.3 PL tone in Dundee, FL
  • 444.950 pos. offset, 127.3 PL tone in Frost Proof, FL (S Polk County)
  • 444.625 pos. offset, 127.3 PL tone near Interstate 4 and US Highway 27 (NE Polk County)
  • 443.900 pos. offset, 127.3 PL tone in NW Lakeland, FL (Kathleen, FL)

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.

2022 Polk ARES Frequency plan – update available soon

New Meeting Time:  7:00pm every Wednesday


 Simulated Emergency Test  (SET)  October 1st

Go to Current Events Page for more information.