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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.

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  • Sumter County ARES Club Call Sign
    SCARES now has its own club call sign, KS4SCA, which of course stands for Sumter County ARES.


  • Sumter County ARES is Incorporated
    Sumter County Amateur Radio Emergency Service, Inc. is now a registered Non-Profit, Tax-Exempt organization with the State of Florida. 

  • Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics
    Sumter County ARES presented the exciting hobby of amateur radio to the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) classes at the South Sumter Middle School on May 15th, 2024.  Click here for photos of the eventRead more...

  • Sumter County ARES Meeting
    The monthly meeting of Sumter County ARES is conducted on the 2nd Wednesday of each month, starting at 7:30 PM ET.  Unless otherwise specified, this meeting is held on-line via Zoom.  You DO NOT have to be a member of ARES to participate in this meeting.  All are welcome and encouraged to attend.  To join the Zoom meeting, go to and navigate to the date.  There you will find the link.

  • Sumter County ARES VHF Net
    The monthly Sumter County ARES VHF Net will be conducted on 4th Thursday of each month beginning at 7:30 PM ET on the K4HOG 147.030 repeater (+ Offset, PL/123.0 Hz).  You DO NOT have to be a member of ARES to check into this Net.  All licensed amateur radio operators are encourage are welcome and encouraged to partipate.  We will use the NetLogger application for logging.

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