Emergency Communications ‘Field Day’ will be June 28 and 29

Published on June 05, 2014 with No Comments

Amateur Radio Week will be held the end of June and the week ends in an activity known as Field Day.

This year in Santa Rosa County, two groups will be participating in the Field Day activities.

The Milton Amateur Radio Club will be hosting their field day at the big pavilion at Russell Harber Landing, while the Navarre CERT Radio Club will be at the Black Skimmer Pavilion in the Navarre Beach Marine Park.

Both clubs will be joining thousands of other amateur radio operators throughout the U.S. to demonstrate their emergency capabilities. White attending these events individuals can also learn how to get their own FCC radio license before the next disaster strikes.

Despite the Internet, cell phones, email and modern communications, every year whole regions find themselves in the dark.  Tornadoes, fires, storms, ice and even the occasional cutting of fiber optic cables leave people without the means to communicate.  In these cases, the one consistent service that has never failed has been amateur radio. These radio operators, often called “hams” provide backup communications for everything from the American Red Cross to FEMA and even for the International Space Station.

During the two day event both clubs will be demonstrating their emergency communications abilities. In addition, the public will have the opportunity to operate the radios themselves and learn how they can become FCC radio license operators. There are now over 700,000 Amateur Radio licensees in the US, and more than 2.5 million around the world. More than 35,000 amateur radio operators across the country participated in last year’s event.


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