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”.

Happy New Year to all! Our first meeting of the year will be on the 26th.  Please come and welcome our new SEC, Bill Johnson – N4NOA and our new AEC Operations, Russ Delaney- N4RTD

Our Section ARES meeting was October 29th at 2pm.  You can listen to reports from the ARES program in the worst hit counties here YouTube.

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.  

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

ARES Net Time:  7:00m every Wednesday