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
  • UHF 444.900 MHz tone 107.2 Hz
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:

           2018Stuart Hamfest

The 2018 edition of the Stuart Hamfest was held on Saturday, March 17th at the Martin County Fairgrounds.  We had an absolutely perfect Florida winter day, filled with good food and many Ham Radio friends.  Our very special guest this year, Bob Allison WB1GCM, from the ARRL Lab, led a forum on Software Defined Radios (SDR).

An Icom IC-7300, and many other prizes were given away at the event.  Visit to see if you are a prize winner.  If you missed the hamfest this year, next year's Stuart Hamfest is just around the corner!

  Get Your

Ham Radio License!

On Saturday, February 17th the first session in a four-week FREE Amateur Radio Licensing Class was held.  The Martin County Amateur Radio Emergency Service (MC-ARES) and Martin County Amateur Radio Association (MCARA) jointly sponsor these sessions which are designed to help you obtain the entry level Technician Class FCC License.  The class culminated in license exams at the Stuart Hamfest on March 17th, where the entire class successfulyl passed their exams.  Congratulation to our new Hams!

Classes are held at the Martin County Public Safety Complex, located at 800 SE Monterey Road in Stuart, beginning at 10:00 AM.  Registration starts at 09:30 AM.  The general public is welcome.  Reservations are not required!   More Details

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

Recent blog posts

28 Oct 2019 5:08 PM • Stephen Marshall
10 Apr 2014 6:30 PM • Anonymous

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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