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Escambia County Announces Amateur Radio Week

District 3 Commissioner and Chairman Lumon May delivered a proclamation to members of the Escambia Amateur Radio Emergency Service declaring June 20-26 as Amateur Radio Week at the June 8 BCC meeting.

At the Escambia County Board of County Commissioners meeting on June 8, the board adopted a proclamation to declare June 20-26, 2023, as Amateur Radio Week.

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From June 20-26, amateur radio operators, also known as ham radio operators, will be celebrating over a century of the miracle of the human voice broadcast over the airwaves.

Amateur radio has continued to provide a bridge between peoples, societies, and countries by creating friendships and the sharing of ideas.

Ham radio operators have provided countless hours of community service both in emergencies and to other local organizations throughout the decades, providing these services at no cost. If there is not an emergency, local ham radio operators demonstrate their value in public assistance by providing free radio communications for local parades, bike-a-thons, walk-a-thons, fairs and other charitable events.

During emergency activations, several local ham radio operators station at the Escambia County Public Safety facility to provide critical communications to other radio operations throughout the state.

Additionally, ham radio operators serve as weather spotters for the SKYWARN program of the National Weather Service.

To conclude Amateur Radio Week, on June 24 and 25, the Escambia Amateur Radio Emergency Service will gather at Ashton Brosnaham Park for the 2023 American Radio Relay League Field Day. The goal of Field Day is to demonstrate to the public the capabilities of ARES, especially their ability to establish emergency communications without outside assistance. Learn more about the 2023 ARRL Field Day here.

The Escambia Board of County Commissioners proudly recognizes and thanks our amateur radio operators for their service and dedication to the citizens of Escambia County.