For immediate release - June 22, 2005
TAVARES — Amateur radio operators, who serve the Lake County Department of Public Safety Emergency Management Division during disasters, are inviting the public and media representatives to its weekend-long training exercise beginning Saturday, June 25, with an open house scheduled for 1 p.m. at the corner of Grove Street and Clifford Avenue in Eustis.
The Lake County Amateur Radio Emergency Services Group (ARES) and the Lake County Amateur Radio Association will join forces to establish temporary field operations in downtown Eustis, near the former site of Florida Hospital Waterman. The operation is part of Field Day 2005 designed to test the emergency communications skills of ham radio operators throughout the United States and Canada.
Saturday morning dozens of local amateur radio operators will deploy the Lake County Department of Public Safety command and communications trailer to practice emergency communications skills and operate for the 24-hour period beginning at 2 p.m. Saturday. Thousands of amateur radio clubs, disaster preparedness groups and individuals around the country will be similarly set up during this training activity, which is the largest on-air event for U.S. amateur radio operators.
The field stations will be operating under emergency power throughout the activity and equipment used will include privately owned antennas and radios provided by amateur radio operators. The weekend offers a chance to exercise skills, utilize knowledge and show the community the capabilities of amateur radio operators that can become vitally important when disasters occur.
The public is invited to come by anytime, day or night, during the weekend to watch and listen to the operations and learn more about how amateur radio operators serve the community. The trailer and all activities will be set up in the north parking lot of the former Florida Hospital Waterman site at the corner of Grove and Clifford avenues.
For more information about this event, call Strait Hollis, Lake County ARES Group, at (352) 360-8266.
Office: (352) 343-9609; Cell: (352) 455-0445