Ham radio

Field Day comes to Navarre Beach

Field Day comes to Navarre Beach

Setup on the back of a trailer in the sands of Navarre Beach with a radio dial in hand, Dane Luckey introduced himself by a different name Saturday. He is W4DSL, his designated call sign when he takes to the radio waves, chatting with people from across the U.S. and even across borders.   Read […]

Q and A: Ham radio operators set up on Navarre Beach

Q and A: Ham radio operators set up on Navarre Beach

Each year the Emerald Coast Amateur Radio Association and Santa Rosa Amateur Radio Emergency Services hold an Amateur League Radio Field Day in conjunction with ham radio operators across the country and even around the world. Ham radio is a vital communication tool in emergency communications, and this event offers the public a chance to […]

Amateur radio provides communication lifeline in disaster

Amateur radio provides communication lifeline in disaster

When disaster strikes, many forms of communication become useless. In a hurricane, cell-phone towers can be toppled. Power can be knocked out, and phone lines can be broken. Nearly every form of communicating across distance can be lost, and that was exactly what happened to Puerto Rico when Hurricane Maria struck in September 2017. Read […]

Ham Radio in the spotlight during field day

Ham Radio in the spotlight during field day

Steve VanDenAkker is the assistant Santa Rosa County ARES Emergency Coordinator and has been using amateur radios for more than 30 years. “I like the fact that, in essence, you can take a car battery and piece of wire and hook it up to a radio and talk half-way around the world with someone,” VanDenAkker […]