Alachua County Ham Radio Club Offers Weekend Course for FCC Amateur Radio License Exam


Alachua County Press Release

ALACHUA COUNTY, Fla. – Alachua County Emergency Management invites the public to attend Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) training on Saturday, August 27 and Sunday, August 28, 2022. The training helps participants qualify for the FCC amateur radio technician license level. The Alachua County Amateur Radio Emergency Service and the North Florida Amateur Radio Club (NFARC) will host this weekend training course at the Alachua County Emergency Operations Center (1100 SE 27th St. , Gainesville). The training will take place over two days on Saturday August 27, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., then on Sunday August 28, from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. The course is open to all ages (a parent or guardian must accompany minors to the course).

Training participants should Register online.

Once obtained, the license can be renewed every ten years for life. It is the primary vehicle through which the United States enables citizens to participate in radio communications near and far, giving many the chance to find a new hobby or even a new vocation, and allows parents to involve their children in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics). Locally, licensed volunteers are an integral part of the Alachua County Emergency Operations Team, undergoing background checks to become badged volunteers who can serve the county under the direction of the Emergency Manager.

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