Hurricane IRMA Potential Need For Volunteers

Steve Szabo Section Manager WB4OMM There is a potential need for Amateur Radio operators to provide communications support in the Florida Keys. Volunteers will need to bring a dual-band HT with earphone/headset, external (gain) antenna, spare batteries, chargers.  While food & beverage, sleeping quarters and showers are available, responders need to be self-sufficient for other personal needs.  Deployment requests will vary as will the served agencies.  DO NOT SELF-DEPLOY.  These … Read more

Hurricane Irma Debrief

I hope everyone came out of the storm unharmed and your family safe. We at VARES are keeping those affected by hurricane Irma in our thoughts and hope for a speedy recovery. Like Matthew Volusia is very lucky. This could have been much more devastating if Irma took one of the earlier paths. VARES is still in a stand by mode in case emergency management require our services in the … Read more

Hurricane Irma 6PM 9/4/17

This is the latest report on hurricane Irma by Volusia County Emergency Management and  National hurricane Center as of 6pm. VCEM is monitoring Irma. They have been in conference calls twice a day with the NWS, NHC and FDEM. They will keep everyone up to date as things change. From the NHC   — — Karl Martin KG4HBN Emergency Coordinator  Volusia Amateur Radio Emergency Service P/T 386-756-9861

ARES August Meeting

The meeting is this weekend 8/19/17 starting at 1pm. You can find directions here. The agenda will cover  September 10th Lake Monroe Amateur Radio Society (LMARS) Champions Ride  October 14 & 15 Bike MS 150 – This is just the current information and the September meeting will be dedicated to the October Bike MS 150  Net procedures before and after a deployment We look forward to seeing you there. — Karl … Read more

Bike MS-150 Signup by September 4th – Update

Updated on 8/18/17 Bike MS-150 is set for Saturday October 14 – Sunday October 15. This event is in support of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. The county’s of St. johns, Flagler and Volusia station volunteers at rest stops and intersections along the route to support communications and help track riders. Last year, due to hurricane Matthew the Ms had to make route changes and Volusia was unable to participate. … Read more

Skywarn Basic & Advanced classes

There will be a basic skywarn class on Tuesday August 15 at the Daytona International Speedway – One Daytona Boulevard, Daytona 500 Room, 1st floor. There will be an Advanced class on Tuesday August 22 at the Daytona International Speedway – One Daytona Boulevard, Daytona 500 Room, 1st floor. For more information and to register please visit.

ARES Meeting on July 15th At 1PM

This Saturday is the monthly ARES meeting. It will be held at the normal meeting location but at a new time 1pm. You can find directs here. Meetings Agenda Field day results and lessons learned. Repeater, shelter and hospital survey. The last week of this month or start of August we will have a survey to check for changes in the 147.240 and other repeaters antenna pattern and strength. We … Read more

Field Day Testing Session Time Change

The testing session scheduled for 9am has been moved to 3pm. The powerpole workshop is still scheduled for 3pm but will be held outside. If you can not make the workshop at 3pm you are still welcome to come out any time during the field day event. It doesn’t take long to show you how to make the changes. I hope this does not present any inconvenience. Karl Martin KG4HBN

Submit Your Volunteer Hours

Starting June 1st and ending November 31st we want you to start submitting your volunteer hours at a chance to win a gift card. First prize: $20 Gift Card Second Prize: $10 Gift Card Third Prize: $5 Gift Card To participate go to and click ARES>Volunteer Hours and submit the hours you volunteer. Hours are counted in 30 minute increments. 0.5 = 30 minutes 1.0 = 1 hour. … Read more