I put this website together to hopefully help other HAMS in the Ocala, Florida area navigate to area clubs, repeaters, and what to do in case of hurricanes. If I get anything wrong (which can happen) please send an e-mail with corrections, or if you have something to add. All comments and suggestions are welcome.
During hurricane season here in Florida, or anytime some type of event causes emergency services to activate, HAM radio operators get involved. Many HAMs are directly involved by participating in their county’s ARES program, or in the case of Marion County, MERT (Marion Emergency Radio Team).
But, many HAMS are not directly involved with any emergency service. If you are one of those, what to do in this county can be a little confusing, but HAM rules apply. There are many correct ways to contact the Marion EOC. I am going to try to show some of the many ways you can use your skills as HAM operators during major events.
Just for basic information, ARES is organized through the Silver Springs Radio Club and they have a website (www.k4gso.us) that connects you to the club and also to ARES and Skywarn. The information they post is more “big picture” organizational in nature. There is not a lot of information on the site about what to do as an individual during an event. There is also a Northern Florida ARES website at ARES – ARRL – Northern Florida Section (arrl-nfl.org) for more information about ARES.
MERT is part of the Marion County Sheriff’s Department. To find out about MERT, the MCSO website is not much help, but does connect you with a page on how to join. Go to Marion County Sheriff’s Office (marionso.com). MCSO also has a Facebook site.
MERT also has a “club” website run by MERT members at www.kg4nxo.com. There is some information on the site, but not anything on what to do during an event if you are not a member of MERT.
There are other clubs in the county and I will also have another section for those. repeaters will also be listed on other parts of this website.
So, check this website out. I hope the information on this site is helpful to you. Thanks for visiting.
I monitor D-Star repeater KK4DFC, REF030C, REF037C, REF001C, the local WIRES repeater, and DMR 3100.