ARES – Amateur Radio Emergency Service
ARRL WEST CENTRAL FLORIDA SECTION EMERGENCY COORDINATOR – Ben Henley KI4IGX
Helping our neighbors in need through communications
The Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) consists of licensed amateurs who have voluntarily registered their qualifications and equipment for communications duty in the public service when disaster strikes. Every licensed amateur, regardless of membership in ARRL or any other local or national organization, is eligible for membership in the ARES. The only qualification, other than possession of an Amateur Radio license, is a sincere desire to serve. Because ARES is an amateur service, only amateurs are eligible for membership. The possession of emergency-powered equipment is desirable, but is not a requirement for membership.
WCF Section ARES Organization Structure
Section Emergency Coordinator: Ben Henley KI4IGX – Telephone: (863) 381-8754 – Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Section Emergency Coordinator (SEC) is appointed by the Section Manager (who is elected by the ARRL members in his or her section) and works under his/her supervision. In most sections, the Section Manager (SM) delegates to the SEC the administration of the section emergency plan and the authority to appoint Assistant Section Emergency Coordinator (ASEC), District Emergency Coordinators (DEC – optional) and the local Emergency Coordinator.
Assistant Section Emergency Coordinator(s)
The Assistant Section Emergency Coordinator (ASEC) is appointed by the SEC to fill specific responsibilities as assigned by the SEC. One ASEC will have the authority to act as the SEC in his absence to provide coordination for West Central Florida Section ARES. The other ASECs have specific responsibilities as assigned by the SEC.
WCF Section Assistant Section Emergency Coordinators:
Randy Payne K4EZM – email@example.com: Administrative and Report
Paul Womble K4FB – firstname.lastname@example.org: Inland Counties
Brad Haag KM4VRU – email@example.com: Administrative.
Roy Drury K4DCT – firstname.lastname@example.org: Administrative.
Larry Ruegger KO4QS – email@example.com: Coastal Counties
Each county in the West Central Florida Section has an Emergency Coordinator (EC.) The EC is appointed by the SEC.
It is at the local level where most of the real emergency organizing gets accomplished, because this is the level at which most emergencies occur and the level at which ARES leaders make direct contact with the ARES member-volunteers and with the officials of the agencies to be served. The local EC is therefore the key contact in the ARES. The EC is in charge of all ARES activities in his/her area, not just one interest group, one agency, one club or one band.
WCF Section ARES Emergency Coordinators:
- Charlotte: Jon Pellant W1JP – firstname.lastname@example.org
- DeSoto: Doug Christ KN4YT – email@example.com
- Hardee: Darrell Davis KT4WX – firstname.lastname@example.org
- Highlands: Randy Payne K4EZM – email@example.com
- Hillsborough: Roy Drury K4DCT – firstname.lastname@example.org
- Manatee: Ed Skalecki NI4MX – email@example.com
- Pasco: Ralph McCullough WA3YFQ – firstname.lastname@example.org
- Pinellas: Clayton Parrott KJ4RUS – email@example.com
- Polk: Jim Stewart W4XDS – firstname.lastname@example.org
- Sarasota: Gary Wells WB9AYD – email@example.com
Assistant Emergency Coordinator
The local Emergency Coordinator (EC) may appoint one or more Assistant Emergency Coordinators (AEC) to assist him in the administration of his ARES program.
We will have a list available shortly of the AECs here on the ARES webpage as soon as it is compiled for publication.
The ARES Member is the key to the success of the ARES program and provide the manpower necessary for ARES to function. Every licensed amateur, regardless of membership in ARRL or any other local or national organization, is eligible for membership in the ARES. The only qualification, other than possession of an Amateur Radio license, is a sincere desire to serve. ARES members are encouraged to be a part of a local club, just like we encourage all hams to have a local club, which is a base of support for them. However it is not a requirement to join ARES
How to join your local ARES group in the West Central Florida Section – ARESDB.com
You can go to the ARESDB – The ARRL WCF Section ARES Online Database to register for service with your local ARES group. All current ARES members have been requested to go ARESDB and update their registration information. All the ARES groups here in the WCF Section use ARESDB as their ARES membership database. ARESDB was created by Joe Tomasone AB2M immediately following the attacks upon the United States on September 11, 2001. The ARRL West Central Florida Section would like to thank Joe Tomasone AB2M for providing this valuable service to West Central Florida Section ARES.
If you have any questions how to register with ARESDB, you may fill out our online Contact Information Form on our Section website and we will be glad to help get you registered with your local ARES organization where you live.
WCF Section ARES Communications Plan and supporting documents.
Listed below is the current WCF Section ARES Plan that is in the processing of being updated. The current plan is listed for your reference. Please check back for the updated plan. We will announce when the new plan is available by the following means: WCF News on the Section Website, the Section Facebook page, the Section Twitter Page, and The Presser.
Section ARES Plan – New Version Coming out in 2019
Other Section ARES Related Documentation:
More Information on the ARES Program from the ARRL
Past incident information – for archival and reference purposes
Hurricane Michael – 10/08/18 through 10/10/19 (Coming in the future)
Hurricane Irma – 9/01/17 through 9/12/17 (Coming in the future)