The Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) is an American Radio Relay League organization that consists of licensed amateurs who have volunteered their qualifications and services for communications in the best interest of the public service when disaster strikes.

During the past several years, the Tyler County ARES Team has worked to promote and enhance the activities of the Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) for the benefit of the residents of Tyler County. We have established a viable working relationship with our County Leaders and the Office of Emergency Management. Our goal is to continue to improve our operational skills through training and exercises and enhance our communication capabilities with new skills and technology.

We plan to participate in the Statewide Fall Simulated Emergency Test (SET) which will be held in October. More information will be provided when a final date has been set.

We also welcome Jon Hartford, KG5JED, who joined our team and is serving as the Assistant Emergency Coordinator (AEC).

I want to thank each of you for your contribution and dedication as an ARES Member. You are the reason we have been successful. It is our team spirit that continues to drive our organization.

Remember to join us for our weekly net each Monday evening at 7:00 on the WD5TYL Repeater and for our our monthly meeting on the third Thursday of each month at 7:00 pm. at 201 Veteran’s Way in Woodville, Texas.

Nick Toparcean, AE5VV
ARES Emergency Coordinator
RACES Chief Liaison Officer
Tyler County, Texas

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. There is no cost to join only a willingness to serve your community in time of need.

Tyler County ARES
Tyler County ARES is a member of the District 9 Area which is part of the South Texas Section.

District 9 consists of Tyler, Jasper, Newton, Jefferson, Hardin, Orange and Sabine Counties.

Nick Toparcean, AE5VV, is the Tyler County Emergency Coordinator. Brian Cater, KC5YSM, is the District Coordinator and Frank Aguilar, N5SSH, is the South Texas Section Emergency Coordinator.

The following frequencies are used by TEXAS ARES and RACES during an emergency. ARES members should monitor these frequencies during an emergency for information and instructions.

ARES/RACES Emergency Frequencies

Local Frequencies

  • WD5TYL Repeater 147.220 Positive Offset PL Tone 100
  • Tyler County ARES Simplex 146.560
  • KF5YDH-R Repeater (Backup) 145.250 Negative Offset PL Tone 123

All Sections statewide:

  • 3.873.00 LSB Texas ARES
  • 3.910.00 LSB Central Texas Emergency
  • 3.935.00 LSB Texas ARES Health & Welfare
  • 3.975.00 LSB Texas RACES Alternate
  • 7.240.00 LSB Texas Emergency
  • 7.248.00 LSB Texas RACES Primary
  • 7.250.00 LSB Texas Emergency
  • 7.273.00 LSB Texas ARES Alternate
  • 7.285.00 LSB Texas ARES Emergency Day
  • 7.290.00 LSB Texas ARES Health & Welfare

South Section:

  • 3.955.00 LSB South Texas Emergency

West Section:

  • 3.922.00 LSB Big Bend Emergency Net (WTX Emergency Net)