About ARES

The Amateur Radio Emergency Service® (ARES) consists of licensed amateurs who have voluntarily registered their qualifications and equipment, with their local ARES leadership, for communications duty in the public service when disaster strikes.

ARES Membership Requirements

Every licensed amateur, regardless of membership in ARRL or any other local or national organization is eligible to apply for membership in ARES. Training may be required or desired to participate fully in ARES. Please inquire at the local level for specific information. Because ARES is an Amateur Radio program, only licensed radio amateurs are eligible for membership. The possession of emergency-powered equipment is desirable, but is not a requirement for membership.

How to Get Involved in ARES

Fill out the ARES Registration form and submit it to your local Emergency Coordinator.

Come to the Meeting

We meet at the Walton County EOC on the 3rd Tuesday every month at 7 pm. Located at 75 S Davis Ln. DeFuniak Springs, Fl. 32435

Local Repeaters

N4EMA DV –  146.9625 (repeater will be used simultaneous with DV and DRats)
WF4X           – 147.285
KJ4JAH       – 147.375
KJ4JAH       – 443.750


Need a License or upgrade? A test session is scheduled every 3rd Thursday monthly at the EOC. Walk-ins welcome. The fee is $14.00, Please bring a photo ID as well as a 2nd form of ID. If your upgrading bring a signed copy of your existing license. For more info how to prepare for your test contact John Blaisdell – W4CJB at w4cjb@arrl.net.

OUTPOST Packet Message Manager – BBS/Digipeater

Walton County ARES is now using Outpost PMM as a backup to DSTAR and DRATS. The digipeater is operating negative split. RX is 144.990mHz and TX is 144.390mHz no tone access is required. The BBS mailbox is N4EMA-1. There are still Hams who don’t have DSTAR radios and Outpost is another way to connect by packet, bbs or keyboard to keyboard. Here’s the link. Check it out. http://www.outpostpm.org/index.php Their is also a great youtube series on Outpost PMM setup and install.

Upcoming Events
  • ARES Meeting August 18, 2020 at 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm 75 S Davis Ln, DeFuniak Springs, FL 32459 Walton County ARES meeting begins at 7pm local time at the Walton County EOC, aka "The Bunker". All Hams interested in participating are encouraged and welcome to attend. For info or directions contact John - W4CJB by email at w4cjb@arrl.net
  • W5YI-VEC Test Session August 20, 2020 at 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm 75 S. Davis Ln, Defuniak Springs, FL 32435, USA The W5YI-VEC Team can test all levels, New and upgrage licenses. There is a $14.00 fee, Please bring a photo ID and if upgrading a signed copy of you existing license or CSCE. For more info. contact John Blaisdell - (W4CJB) - w4cjb@arrl.net.
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