Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Amateur Radio Week June 18-24 Proclaimed

The plaque was presented by Commissioner Guy Tunnell at the Bay County Board of Commissioners meeting today. The plaque was accepted by the club represented by Helen KI4OLP, Dave W1EVG, Don KK4DWC, Chuck W4CWS, Vic K4GXV, Bob WB4BLX, Bob KK4CVU, Joby KK4CVT and Greg  N4KGL. My remarks were as follows:
On behalf of the Panama City Amateur Radio Club and all the hams in Bay county we are honored that ham radio is being recognized. There are about 400 hams in Bay County. Many of those hams prepare for emergency operations if needed. If all else fails amateur radio works. This Saturday we will have a 24 hour Field Day operation at The Bay County EOC starting at 1PM. We invite the commissioners and the public to visit our operations, We value our continued relationship with the county via Chief Bowen and Joby Smith at the EOC.

I encourage all hams and the public to visit Panama City ARC Field Day Operations this weekend!

The Panama City Amateur Radio Club will participate in Field Day on June 23/24 at the Bay County Emergency Operations Center 700 Highway 2300 Southport, FL. We will be having fun contacting as many Hams as possible operating with similar setups around the United States. However, this will also demonstrate a capability to support emergency communications should normal systems be unavailable. The operating hours are 1 PM Saturday to 1 PM Sunday. A good time for visitors is between 2PM and 6PM Saturday but you can come at anytime. We will have various radios and antennas to operate voice, digital and morse code. The general public is welcome and youth groups are encouraged to attend.

We thank Mark Bowen and Joby Smith of the EOC for giving us an opportunity to operate at this venue. The Bay County Emergency Operations Center is 4.9 miles North on Highway 77 from the intersection of  Highway 77 and 390 and then West on Highway 2300 2.3 miles.

Greg Lane
Panama City ARC President