Supporting the Public through Organized Amateur Radio Communications

ARES consists of licensed amateurs who have voluntarily registered their qualifications and equipment for communications duty in the public service for when disaster strikes


Regular training activities are conducted to prepare Amateur Radio operators in the Collier County ARES group to perform their communication duties at the highest proficiency level possible. 


SETs (Simulated Emergency Test) allows us to apply the training and preparation to field operations.


Our goal is to be fully deployable in an event that our resources are required

Areas of Training

Amateur Radio is our hobby, we already practice and work on that continually. Along with all the training we do to keep that going, we also train for specific task in ARES. Below are a few areas that we strive to master.


We take our training to the field and perform SETs imitating real world emergencies. This allows us to streamline our equipment and process.


oFllowing FEMA’s protocol in an emergency allows us to work well with many organizations and understand the process to better serve the public and emergency organizations.


FEMA, ARRL, and other emergency agencies have created many classes both online and in person. These classes allows to be better educated in the event of an emergency.


We are always using our equipment and finding ways to streamline their use. We are always upgrading and installing new equipment allowing technology to help.


With the Internet spreading linke wildfire and reaching every part of our daily life, more and more traffic is directed to websites in search for information.

Our Coordinators

We have a very talented array of staff who provide so much of their personal time.

Larry Kielasa

Emergency  Coordinator

John Sparks

Assistant Emergency Coordinator

Amateur Radio Association of Southwest Florida

Most of our members are part of the ARASWF Radio Club

They are an affiliate Special Service Club with the American Radio Relay League (ARRL), and serve the local community of Naples and Collier County, Florida. They located in grid EL96.


The National Association for Amateur Radio

ARRL is the national association for Amateur Radio in the US. Founded in 1914 by Hiram Percy Maxim as The American Radio Relay League, ARRL is a noncommercial organization of radio amateurs. ARRL numbers within its ranks the vast majority of active radio amateurs in the nation and has a proud history of achievement as the standard-bearer in amateur affairs.


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