Irvine Police Department Press Release

Farrah Emami - Public Information Officer
1 Civic Center Plaza
Irvine, CA 92606



PRESS RELEASE #5/30/2013
Subject :

Irvine Police Department’s Irvine Disaster Emergency Communication (IDEC) to Host Annual “Field Day”
Contact :Julia Engen, Lieutenant    949-724-7112

IRVINE, CA (May 30, 2013):  On June 22, 2013, the Irvine Disaster Emergency Communication’s (IDEC) group will join thousands of Amateur Radio operators around the world, to show off their capabilities to respond during a major disaster. 


These ham radio operators provide critical communications in towns across the United States and world-wide during unexpected emergencies, such as wildfires, winter storms and devastating tornadoes.


On Saturday, June 22nd, the public is invited to meet and talk with IDEC ham radio operators and see for themselves what the Amateur Radio Service is about.  Visitors and members of the community will get a chance to have a hands-on experience utilizing ham radios to talk with participants across the United States.  IDEC members will be demonstrating the newest digital and satellite capabilities, voice communications and even historical Morse code.  IDEC members will also provide helpful information on how to get an FCC radio license.


This annual event, called "Field Day" is the culmination of the week long "Amateur Radio Week" sponsored by the Amateur Radio Relay League, (ARRL) a national association for Amateur Radio.  This year’s event will be held at Rattlesnake Reservoir located at 4705 Portola Parkway in Irvine.  The area is located between Jeffrey Road and Orchard Hills behind Orange County Fire Station 55.


Ham radio operators across the United States will be holding similar events to demonstrate emergency communications abilities. More than 30,000 amateur radio operators participated in last year's event.


Join us for this fun and informative afternoon, Saturday June 22, 2013 between the hours of 11:00 AM and 5:00 PM.  


For more details and a map of the event location please visit our event at Facebook


To learn more about IDEC and Amateur Radio, go to


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