AC Emergency Management to host ARES training

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The Alachua County Amateur Radio Services (ARES) will participate in the Amateur Radio Field Day exercise starting on Saturday.

Alachua County Emergency Management invites the public to attend a two-day Amateur Radio Emergency Services (ARES) training this weekend.

The free event – which will run Jan. 7-8 – Alachua County Emergency Operations Center at 1100 SE 27th St.

Saturday’s training runs from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on Sunday from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. The training is free and open to all ages (a parent or guardian must accompany minors), and participants need to register online by clicking here.

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The ARES and the North Florida Amateur Radio Club (NFARC) will conduct the weekend-long training course.

The training assists participants in qualifying for the FCC Amateur Radio General-level license. The FCC Amateur Radio general-level license can be renewed every 10 years.

Licensed volunteers are an integral part of Alachua County’s Emergency Operations Team, submitting background checks to become badged volunteers who can serve the County at the direction of the Emergency Manager.

For more information, contact the ARES volunteers at 352-565-6498 or

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