Bay County ARES Bay County EOC 700 HWY 2300 Southport, Fl 32409

(850) 533-2644

Welcome to Bay County ARES


When all else fails!


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About Us


 Amateur Radio Emergency Service® (ARES)    

The Amateur Radio Emergency Service® (ARES) consists of licensed amateurs who have voluntarily registered their qualifications and equipment, with their local ARES leadership, for communications duty in the public service when disaster strikes.

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ARES Membership Requirements

Every licensed amateur, regardless of membership in ARRL or any other local or national organization is eligible to apply for membership in ARES.  Training may be required or desired to participate fully in ARES.  Please inquire at the local level for specific information.  Because ARES is an Amateur Radio program, only licensed radio amateurs are eligible for membership. The possession of emergency-powered equipment is desirable, but is not a requirement for membership.

Thank You


Whether you help through monetary donations, volunteering your time, or spreading our mission through word-of-mouth, thank you. We couldn't accomplish our goals without the help of supporters like you. 

BCARES Leadership

Matt Kennedy W9NDN


Emergency Coordinator

Bob Leasko WB8PAF


Assistant Emergency Coordinator

Mark Cantrell KD4IMA


Assistant Emergency Coordinator

Team Members


Bob Bain K4RSB

Gary Bills AJ4KY


Jack Crusan N1HQ

Ron Downs KK4DWE

Doug Gibson KN4PFZ

Team Leader.

Jeremy Johnson KD4KZZ


team members


Jim Wolf KW4UT

Steve Harvard N4VSP

American Red Cross Liaison

Karl Martin KG4HBN

Section Emergency Coordinator

EMComm Group


Bob Dunkin, WB4BLX

Bay County EmComm Group

Vic Johnson, K4GXV

Bay County EmComm Group

Bob Jurgonski, N4RJJ

Bay County EmComm Group, Bay County 911 Dispatcher



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Bay County ARES

700 Florida Highway 2300, Panama City, Florida 32409, United States

(850) 533-2644


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