NI4CE System

Also known as “Big Stick”, NI4CE is West Central Florida’s regional VHF/UHF Amateur Radio communications connection.  NI4CE covers all or parts of twelve different counties and provides seamless coverage along the areas I-75 and I-4 corridors.  All sites are linked.

For Polk ARES Skywarn activities, the NI4CE system is used predominately as our backup should one or more of the WC4PEM repeaters become inoperative. When Polk ARES shifts into an Emergency net, ie: we have operators at the EOC and/or in shelters, Skywarn activities would be shifted to the NI4CE.

Along with the WC4PEM system repeaters, operators within Polk County – ARES and non-ARES – should also monitor the NI4CE system repeaters.

Repeater Frequencies: (all use a tone of 100.0)

  • Bartow 442.825 +
  • Riverview 442.550 +
  • Verna 145.430 – & 442.950 +
  • Lake Placid 443.950 +
  • Holiday 443.450 +