Martin County, FL 

Amateur Radio-- We're here to help when needed 

Emergency Communications
The Martin County Amateur Radio Emergency Service / Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service (ARES/RACES) is composed of FCC Licensed Amateur Radio operators who have voluntarily registered their capabilities and equipment for public service communications. Martin County ARES/RACES Inc. is a non-profit organization funded by donations and paid membership, and run solely by volunteer efforts.

ARES Repeaters 

  • VHF 145.150 MHz tone 107.2 Hz
  • DMR 444.900 MHz tone 107.2 Hz
  • DSTAR 145.440 MHz no tone

The Martin County repeaters listed above are open for normal amateur use except during times of emergency activation. All licensed amateurs are welcome. If you use the repeater on a regular basis, we would appreciate you joining us to help maintain the repeater systems.

Membership forms are available by clicking the "Membership Forms" tab on the left.

We hold a weekly net in conjunction with our sister club MCARA on the 145.150 repeater at 8 PM on Monday evenings, except for the last Monday of the month when we use the 147.060 MCARA machine. Click on the Contact button on the left for information on our meeting time and location.


Our sister group, the Martin County Amateur Radio Association has a list of all Repeaters in Martin County

We are a 501c(3) Charitable Organization. You may download PDFs indicating our status below:


As you are all aware, the pandemic virus continues to affect the entire world; and all events WERE temporarily cancelled. 

We are EXTREMELY happy to announce that 

 monthly functions and meetings, including Wing-Ding, Ares/Races and MCARA meetings are back to in person meetings as well as Zoom format, please note we will continue to follow any county mask mandates and distancing mandates as necessary.  Weekly nets will continue,  Please monitor the local repeaters

for announcements and additional information.



We now have additional modes of communication available for emergency communications; as well as personal use.  We have added DMR and DSTAR repeaters to the bunker tower site, and both new modes are operational.  At upcoming meetings we will begin training on the DMR and DSTAR systems for those that are interested.  

Big thanks to Dave K4AW and Peter W4PRP for all their work to procure, install and activate these new repeaters for our group

Hurricane Irma

Amateur radio operators from Martin County ARES/RACES and Martin County Amateur Radio Association were deployed to shelters and hospitals in the county supporting emergency communications during Hurricane Irma's visit here in Martin County.  Deployment began at 0800 on Saturday, September 2nd and continued until Monday, September 4th around noon.

A very special thanks goes out to all those who deployed, their families, and all those supporting the deployment of the thousands of volunteers throughout Florida!

Upcoming events

ARRL FIELD DAY 2021 06/25 - 06/27/21

The ARES group in Martin County have assisted in many emergency communication events since the early 1970s including activations during hurricane and storm related events.

Past Activation Events include:

  • Hurricane David
  • Hurricane Charley (members deployed to Charlotte County)
  • Hurricane Francis (2004)
  • Hurricane Jean (2004)
  • Hurricane Wilma (2005)
  • Hurricane Matthew (2016)
  • Hurricane Irma (2017)
  • many smaller events and many preparations for possible events

Want to join us?

ARES members must first be FCC Licensed Amateur Radio Operators (Hams). ARES is administered through the national association of amateur radio operators, the American Radio Relay League (ARRL). It is recommended that ARES members also join the league, though not required.

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