Emergency Communications Resources

Kings Point Amateur Radio Club maintains readiness as a communication conduit for message handling, shelter support and local communication needs. The club provides direct links to the individual community residents in case of loss of phone coverage via our Disaster Radio System (DRS). The club is an all volunteer “best effort” organization that relies on the combined resources of its members to achieve its endeavors.

Members of the KPARC serve as radio maintenance and support for the local Emergency Squad ambulance service, the SCC Security Patrol, and Kings Point Security as needed. Antenna maintenance will likely be required following a storm. The club will draw on its members for the needed manpower.

The club will monitor weather, via the National Weather Service in Ruskin, Fl.  HurreVac, the county adopted evacuation prediction service, and our own KPARC weather station. This information is for our own consumption, but can be made available to other agencies when requested. Since our clubroom is not a designated shelter, we will deploy and operate safely and as prudence allows. Our expected operations are several days prior to a storm, following a storm, and from individual member homes during a storm as manpower and conditions allow.

During a deployment, the club will monitor the following designated county emergency repeater systems, including but not limited to:

  • 2m repeaters: TARC 2m 147.105,  KPARC 2m 145.450,  SCCARC 2m 147.225 & Ni4CE 2m 145.430
  • 70cm repeaters: KPARC 70cm 442.450, N1CDO 440.100 & Local SarNet
  • DRS-GMRS net frequency. 

In addition, the club will monitor the National Hurricane net on 14.325 MHz and maintain a Winlink System Operation Hub for handling traffic in and out of the area.  A complete list of operational frequencies can be found below.

Initial Simplex Voice Coordination

70cm Calling446.000 MHz (FM Simplex)Primary
2m Calling146.520 MHz (FM Simplex) 

Message Passing and Modes

RTTY Modes (Primary)FrequencyCenterNotes
MT63-2000 (Primary)443.250 (Simplex)1500 
BPSK-125 (Secondary)443.250 (Simplex)1500 
RTTY Modes (Back-up)   
MT63-2000  (Primary)147.26250 (Simplex)1500 
BPSK-125 (Secondary)147.26250 (Simplex)1500 
EMail & File Modes   
D-Rats442.225 (+5mhz) W1SCC / Local CQ
Packet – W4KPR-10145.050  
Packet – KE4ZIP-10145.030  
APRS Digipeater144.390 iGate, Digipeater (RF-IS), CWOP


Operational eCom Frequencies

W4KPR 2m145.450-600khz.162.2/162.2
W4KPR 70cm442.450+5mhz162.2/162.2
SKYWARN NWS 2m145.430-600khz.100
SKYWARN NWS 70cm (Boyette) Primary444.425+5mhz.100
SKYWARN NWS 70cm (Verna) Secondary442.9500+5mhz.100
SARNet Skyway442.250+5mhz.146.2
SARNet Tampa442.850+5mhz.146.2
SARNet Sarasota444.800+5mhz.100.0
SARNet HF20m / 14.285 & 40m / 7245
Disaster Radio Service (DRS)GMRS & FRS Channel 15 (1)
NWS Ruskin Weather Broadcast162.525 MHz (Ch. 7)

(1) This is a private Service requiring a pre-configured CTCSS Tone

Station Type and Identification

There are 4 classifications of EP stations, each with their own key operational requirements and benefits.  This section outlines these classifications and deployment options.

Mobile StationA mobile station is defined as a permanent installation of an amateur radio in a car, RV, golf cart or motorcycle
 Station Identifier: <CALLSIGN>-M
Portable StationA portable station is defined as an amateur radio that can be easily moved from one location to the next and be self-sufficient for power. This includes HT as well as go kits
 Station Identifier: <CALLSIGN>-P
Base StationA base station is defined as an amateur radio permanently located at a fixed location, being a home, office, or other fixed structure.
 Station Identifier: <CALLSIGN>-B
Control NodeA Control Node station is defined primarily as a multiple radio base station with exceptional flexibility across all required modes, bands, which is operated by a net controller.
 Station Identifier: <CALLSIGN>-C