“If the BIG ONE comes;
Who ya’ gonna call? Tampa Bay Radio Hams!”
Demo of Emergency Communications commencing 2:00 PM Saturday, June 22nd
until 2:00 PM Sunday, June 23th, 2019.
Amateur Radio Club (TARC)
N. 22nd St. Tampa, FL 33610 (dead end of N. 22nd St. north of E. Sligh Ave).
visual demonstration of volunteer emergency communications at the start of
Hurricane Season! Live shots easily accommodated for hard feature stories. Tampa
City Council member Charlie Miranda will attend on Saturday, June 22nd at 11:00
Florida – June 19, 2019 – Despite the Internet, cell phones, email and modern
communications, every year entire regions find themselves in the dark.
Hurricanes, tornadoes, fires, storms, ice and even the occasional cutting of
fiber optic cables leave people without the means to communicate.
The one consistent service that has never failed is amateur radio. These radio
operators, often called “hams”, provide backup communications for
everything from the American Red Cross to FEMA and even for the International
Space Station. Tampa Bay area “hams” will join with thousands of
other Amateur Radio operators showing their emergency capabilities June 22-23,
annual event, called “Field Day” is the climax of the week long
“Amateur Radio Week” sponsored by the ARRL, the national association
for Amateur Radio. Using only emergency power supplies, ham operators will
construct emergency stations in parks, shopping malls, schools and backyards
around the country. Their slogan, “When All Else Fails, Ham Radio
Works” is more than just words to the hams as they prove they can send
messages in many forms without the use of phone systems, Internet or any other
infrastructure that can be compromised in a crisis. More than 35,000 amateur
radio operators across the country participated in last year’s event.
In the Tampa Bay area, the Tampa Amateur Radio Club (TARC) will be
demonstrating amateur radio at the TARC Clubhouse, 7801 N. 22nd St. Tampa,
Florida (located at the end of N. 22nd St., north of E. Sligh Ave.) on June
22rd through June 23rd. We invite the public to come and see ham radio’s new
capabilities and learn how to get their own FCC radio license before the next
Amateur Radio is growing in
the US. There are now over 700,000 Amateur Radio licensees in the US, and more
than 2.5 million around the world. Through the ARRL’s Amateur Radio Emergency
Services program, ham volunteers provide both emergency communications for
thousands of state and local emergency response agencies and non-emergency
community services too, all for free.
learn more about Amateur Radio, go to www.hamclub.org. The public and media are most cordially invited to come,
meet and talk with the hams. See what modern Amateur Radio can do. They can
even help you get on the air!
Thanks to everyone who joined us on Saturday for TARCFest. It was good to see many old and new friends.
The food provided by Larry and Anna Maria Wissinger (KM4LEW and N0CALL) was beyond anything I’ve eaten for that price at any of these burger joints. Thanks go to Becky, W4BKY, who used to own a restaurant, for running the cash register.
Thanks to everyone who supported the Dual Band HT raffle which was won by Keating, KC4HSI (or was it Arabella, his granddaughter?) and to salesbabe Dawn, K2WLS, who made the raffle a huge success.
Thanks to Bill, N4WEB and everyone who did the hard work of setting up the grounds for the event, and a special note of thanks to Art, KA4WNZ who has a new call I don’t remember, and his super crew who made the clubhouse sparkle and shine.
The men and women of TARC work hard throughout the year to make these events are successful to insure the club is financially sound so we can have and maintain the largest, best equipped radio room in the South. Your support of TARCFest, whether it’s tailgating, eating great food, buying a raffle ticket or just enjoying the day help make the ham radio experience at our club, second to none. Every penny from everyone who was there today goes towards that goal. And yes, even those people working today paid for their admission ticket.
Our club was established in 1922 and will turn 100 years old in less than 3 years. The continued support of the Florida Ham Radio Community for this event goes a long way in making sure our facility is everything it should be to support our hobby.
Thanks again for your support and see you in June for Field Day and August for our next TARCFest!