Press release from Alachua County Amateur Radio Emergency Service
Members of the Alachua County Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) will be participating in the national Amateur Radio Field Day exercise, June 27 – 28 at The Alachua County Sheriff’s Office located at 2621 SE Hawthorne Rd, Gainesville, Florida.
ARES provides a critical link in public service, and the location for this event showcases our support of the Alachua County Emergency Management Department and first responders throughout the community.
Field Day is a showcase for how Amateur Radio works reliably under any conditions from almost any location to create an independent communications network. Ham radio functions completely independent of the Internet or cell phone infrastructure, can interface with laptops or smartphones, and can be set up almost anywhere in minutes.
Anyone may become a licensed amateur radio operator. There are more than 725,000 licensed hams in the United States, as young as 9 and as old as 100. It’s easy for anybody to get involved right here in Gainesville, Florida.