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In the United States, the Amateur Radio Emergency Service, (ARES), is a corps of trained amateur radio operator volunteers organized to assist in public service and emergency communications. It is organized and sponsored at the national level by the American Radio Relay League.

ARES teams participate in preparedness planning and exercises with their local emergency management office, the Red Cross, hospitals, and first responder organizations to be prepared if disaster strikes.

When an unusual occurrence disrupts cellular systems, landlines, the internet and public safety radio systems, ARES volunteers are ready to respond to establish emergency communications until normal systems can be restored.

ARES plays an important role in non-emergency activities as well.  Upon request, ARES members provide communications for public events, such as parades, charity bicycle challenges, festivals, and more.



  • New APRS I-Gate 
    With assistance and contributions from Gil Chapin, WB2UTI and Jeff Taffuri, KO4NCC, the new APRS IGate is now in operation providing APRS digipeater and IGate coverage in Central and Southern Sumter County.  Amateurs in these areas who transmit APRS via RF on frequency 144.390 MHz can now get their packet information into the APRS internet system directly through the KX4LEO-11 IGate located at the KX4LEO tower near Webster, Florida.  Read more...


  • Sumter County ARES Monthly Meeting
    The monthly meeting of Sumter County ARES will be Wednesday, February 14th on-line via Zoom, beginning at 7:30 PM ET.  You do NOT have to be a member of Sumter ARES to join this meeting.  You can find the link to join the Zoom meeting by clicking on

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