Resources & Links

ARES Resources:

ARES Manual (click here to view/download)
ARES Field Resources Manual (click here to view/download)
ARES Strategic Plan (click here to view/download)
ARES Training Resources (click here to view/download)


The Statewide Amateur Radio Network (SARnet) is a network of linked UHF voice repeaters that serves the State of Florida. The repeaters are operated by their local trustees and the network that connects them together does not interfere with the local use of the repeaters.The key to this network is that it uses dedicated bandwidth that is separate from the internet. Statewide connectivity is achieved without the use of any commercial telecommunications services. SARnet does not use the internet, cellular telephones, or land lines.


Monitor the hurricane DMR talkgroup 3199 streaming online by clicking here
Monitor the Florida Statewide 3112 talkgroup streaming online by clicking here
Monitor the West Central Florida 31122 talkgroup streaming online by clicking here
Monitor the Florida ARES talkgroup 31127 talkgroup streaming online by clicking here

Anderson Power Pole Connectors

Anderson Power Poles connector installation guide.  This is a link to the ARRL website.  WCF ARES has adopted the Anderson Power Pole connectors as the standard for connecting equipment.


CHIRP is a free, open-source tool for programming your amateur radio. It supports a large number of manufacturers and models, as well as provides a way to interface with multiple data sources and formats. Click on CHIRP to get to their website to download to program.

Amateur Radio License Testing:

Lakeland Amateur Radio Club VE Exams

Lake Wales Repeater Association VE Exams

Highlands Amateur Radio Club

East Pasco Amateur Radio Society

Zephyrhills Area Amateur Radio Club

If you are interested in obtaining an FCC Amateur Radio operator’s license, then the first place we would recommend to start would be the “Hello” site sponsored by the ARRL or drop by a local club meeting (Check for one closest to you from the above clubs).

Once you find out more information and decide that it’s right for you, then we suggest that you acquire the current study materials from the ARRL or The ARRL question pool.