Amateur radio “Field day” – June 26 and 27 – Skills, service and science
Alachua County Amateur Radio Emergency Service and Gainesville Amateur Radio Society Press Release
Alachua County Sheriff’s Office Field Day
Members of the Alachua County Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) will participate in the National Amateur Radio Field Day Exercise June 26-27 at the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office located at 2621 SE Hawthorne Rd, Gainesville, Florida.
ARES provides a vital link in public service, and the location of this event showcases our support for the Alachua County Emergency Management Department and first responders throughout the community.
The contact for the ARES location will be Dr Gordon Gibby.
Waldo country day
Additionally, the Gainesville Amateur Radio Society (GARS) will be hosting a second Field Day at 14450 NE 148th Ave, Waldo Florida.
The contact for this event will be Mr. Shannon Boal.
About the day in the field
Since 1933, amateur radio operators across North America have established temporary amateur radio stations in public places during Field Day to showcase the science and skills of amateur radio. This event is open to the public and all are encouraged to attend.
The best chances of seeing the radio operations are from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 26, and from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on Sunday, June 27, 2020.
Field Day is a showcase on how ham radio works reliably under all conditions and from almost any location to create an independent communication network. Amateur radio operates completely independent of the Internet or mobile phone infrastructure, can interface with laptops or smartphones, and can be installed almost anywhere in a matter of minutes.
Anyone can become a licensed amateur radio operator. There are over 725,000 licensed hams in the United States, as young as 9 and as old as 100. It’s easy for anyone to get involved right here in Gainesville, Florida.
For more information on Field Day or Amateur Radio, contact Dr Gordon Gibby or Shannon Boal or visit http://www.arrl.org/what-is-ham-radio.