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Amateur Radio Emergency Service® (ARES) is a public service organization sponsored by the American Radio Relay League. Its members are licensed Amateur Radio Operators who have voluntarily registered their qualifications and equipment to provide emergency communications as needed, and communications support to public service events.


In Lee County, Florida, ARES is known as ARES® / A.L.E.R.T. (All Lee Emergency Response Team)


In officially declared emergencies, ARES members registered with RACES may support state and local governments under the authority of the Office of Emergency Management. All Lee County, Florida, ARES® / A.L.E.R.T. members are registered with both ARES and RACES.


W4LCO is the Station Call Sign for the Lee County, Florida, Emergency Operations Center. (When using phonetics, we usually identify as "W 4 Lee County Operations.")


The Station is equipped and supported by Lee County's Emergency Management. The Station is located directly adjacent to the EOC's Situation Room to facilitate message handling between the hams and the SITroom.


Please check out our web site: http://aresraces-leecountyfl.org



Below: Our main VHF/UHF Operating Stations. Each of the two stations controls the same five Kenwood V71 Transceivers. Either operator may transmit or receive on our five "Zone Net Frequencies" or their respective Simplex Frequencies (if a repeater fails) as necessary. The two stations are interlocked, so that an operator cannot transmit on a "busy" radio that the other operator is using.


The large monitor is for APRS. We capture "over the air" APRS info and display it to show the operators the locations of our units in the field.



Below: Our HF Station. The 160-6 meter transceiver is connected to a G5RV "Inverted V" Antenna above the EOC. The antenna can be lowered before a severe weather incident, then raised once the "all clear" is given.



Below: Our WinLink 2000 stations. The unit at left is a mail server connected to the Internet. The unit second from left is a Peer-to-Peer unit that handles "ham radio based e-mail messages" into and out of the EOC. Included in this photo are the 800 MHz County Dispatch radio, a Marine Radio and a CB radio (hey...we'll utilize all the help we can get in an emergency!)


WinLink 2000 Mail Server (Left) and Peer to Peer Station (Right)

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