Bill Franklin (K4FLV)
Bill Martin ( K4JBV )
Rich Hillyer (K9RWH)
Dick Hullfish ( KI4EFJ
The Sarasota Emergency Radio Club, SERC, was formed in early 1976, as the licensee for the Sarasota County Civil Defense RACES station. The FCC originally assigned the WB4NJV call sign to the club. This call was changed to N4SER in early 2004.
At about the same time the club was formed, work began on building Sarasota County’s first 2 Meter repeater. At that time, there were no repeaters between Bradenton and Ft. Myers. On September 27, 1976, the club’s new repeater, WR4AUP, went on the air.
The club is an American Radio Relay League Special Service Club, primarily dedicated to providing emergency communications in time of disaster. The club also supports the mission of the Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES), which consists of licensed amateurs who have voluntarily registered their qualifications and equipment for communications duty in public service when disaster strikes. We work closely with Sarasota County Emergency Services, the Southwest Florida Chapter of the American Red Cross, and the National Weather Services in Ruskin, Sarasota County ACS, and the Division of Forestry.
The SERC has assisted several local disaster relief operations over the past 32 years. The club members operate as support for ESF-2 and provide emergency communications in shelters and disaster operation centers. Club members also participate in local public service events, like the Sarasota Marathon and the Tour de Cure bicycle race.
SERC conducts Volunteer Examiner (VE) testing every couple of months at the Red Cross building. SERC follows the rules set forth by the ARRL VEC. VE test sessions will be posted on the first page of SERC’s web site and with the ARRL on their VE Test Schedule page. SERC’s VE testing session is always open to walk-ins.
- Island and Lighthouse Activations: SERC regularly participates in activating new (and existing) islands and lighthouses. Some recent activity included both lighthouses on Boca Grande ( Gasparilla Island) and Snake Island (FL489S).
- Field Day: SERC sponsors an ARRL Field Day ‘contest’ site at the American Red Cross building on the 4th weekend in June. All are invited to participate.