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Ham Radio Operators Host Event in Clay County
Friday, November 08, 2013

MEDIA RELEASE
November 8, 2013
Contact: Scott Roberts (904) 759-7812
Joe Bassett (904) 505-1713

Ham Radio Operators Show Off Emergency Capabilities; Amateur Radio Emergency Service to Host “Hams in the Park” November 16

Clay County, FL - November 11, 2013 – Amateur radio operators (Hams) from throughout northeast Florida will demonstrate their portable, emergency communication capabilities at Black Creek Park located at 7890 Highway 17, Fleming Island, Florida on Saturday, November 16th from 8am-1pm. In recent years, the news has been full of reports of ham radio operators providing critical communications in emergencies including the Boston Marathon bombing, Colorado wildfires, Oregon and Michigan storms, tornadoes and other events world-wide. During Hurricane Katrina, Amateur Radio – often called “Ham radio” - was often the ONLY way people could communicate, and hundreds of volunteer “Hams” traveled to Louisiana to save lives and property. When trouble is brewing, ham radio people are often the first to provide critical information and communications.

During “Hams in the Park,” the public will meet and talk with these Ham radio operators and see for themselves what the Amateur Radio Service is about. Throughout the day Hams will demonstrate the newest digital and satellite capabilities, voice communications and even historical Morse code, contacts will be made from Clay County to Hams throughout the US and beyond. There will even be opportunities for visitors to “Get on the Air” and try their hand at radio communications at a GOTA station. The public is invited to come and see Ham radio’s new capabilities and learn how to get their own FCC radio license before the next disaster strikes.

“Hams in the Park” is hosted by Clay County Amateur Radio Service (ARES). Clay County ARES provides communication support for charity and community events and sponsors the Boy Scout amateur radio station KB4SA. There are 650,000 Amateur Radio licensees in the US, and more than 2.5 million around the world. Through the Amateur Radio Relay League (ARRL) ARES program, Ham volunteers provide emergency communications for thousands of state and local emergency response agencies, all for free.

To learn more, please visit http://www.clayares.org.
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