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
  • Canceled POTA/GOTA June 10, 2023 at 8:00 am – 12:00 pm 357 Main Park Rd, Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459, USA This will be at the pavilions on main park road just before the canopy walk trailhead. 357 Main Park Road Santa Rosa Beach Florida inside Grayton Beach State Park, which is the entrance. Continue down Main Park Road past the boat ramp, and there will be a parking lot and pavilions.
  • Walton County ARES Meeting June 20, 2023 at 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm 75 S Davis Ln, Defuniak Springs, FL 32435, USA N4EMA.Wordpress.com
  • WCARC TECH NIGHT June 27, 2023 at 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm 312 College Ave, Defuniak Springs, FL 32435, USA
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