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W4MCO Orange County ARES (OCARES)

Orange County Florida ARES Frequency 443.050
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W4MCO Mix Mode 443.050 MHz +5.00 MHz PL103.5 Downtown, serves Central Florida with the Orange County ARES services

 

https://www.ocares.org/

Orange County, FL Communications Auxiliary Foundation Inc. is the corporate name and is the 501(c)(3) Non-Profit Public Service Organization of Orange County ARES. OC ARES is recognized by Orange County Emergency Management.

OC ARES Public Service

The Amateur Radio Service compliments and expands the abilities of public safety agencies, primarily in the area of Inter-agency Communications. During normal activity, dispatchers pass inter-agency messages.

During disaster situations, Amateur Radio Operators can compliment this part of the dispatcher’s duties. The agencies do not have to be governmental. Non-government agencies, such as the American Red Cross, also utilize Amateur Radio Operators to serve as communication points for shelters opened during disaster operations.  Cellular phone and trunked radio systems play a major part in improving day-to-day emergency communications, but they do not replace the flexibility of amateur radio equipment to be able to facilitate communications under extreme conditions.

Simply, Orange County ARES serves the public during natural and man made disasters as well as during peacetime. Below is a sampling of the agencies, organizations, and events we’ve served.

We support local, state, and national agencies and organizations needing emergency communications or additional communications support.

We’re a versatile group. One weekend we may be staffing an evacuation shelter and the next weekend coordinating communications for a community parade or fundraiser. Our ability to help other public service organizations perpetuates community spirit and helps keep Orange County ARES in touch with the needs of our communities.

The volunteers of OC ARES have been serving the Central Florida Community since before 1990. Last year they contributed over 5600 hours of their time either training or serving public service agencies during events. We use these events as training exercises for emergency situations. Staffing all open shelters in a Hurricane situation, for example, requires a large number of qualified operators. OC ARES is constantly actively seeking Community Minded volunteers who enjoy serving the citizens of Orange County. It does not matter if you currently hold a Valid Amateur Radio License or not. We hold License classes for anyone who has the desire to work with OC ARES. These classes are not hard, and there are no prior skills required other than a strong desire to help your fellow citizens when needed.