SPARC NEWS RELEASE
South Peninsula Amateur Radio Club
Field Day / Public Demonstration of Emergency Communications
C/o PO Box 1268 Homer Alaska 99603
Contact: President Kris Kerce AL2F / Phone 907.299.4691
Ham Radio Operators display skills for Homer area residents!
Public Demonstration of Emergency Communications
Who: SPARC (South Peninsula Amateur Radio Club
What: Ham Radio Field Day
Date: Saturday June 28
Time: 10am till 3:30pm
Place: Bishop's Beach Pavilion – Homer Alaska
Thousands of Ham Radio operators will be showing off their emergency capabilities this weekend. Over the past year, the news has been full of reports of ham radio operators providing critical communications in emergencies including the California wildfires, Oregon and Michigan storms, Midwest tornadoes, Boston Marathon bombing, medical emergency information relay and other events.
During Hurricanes Katrina and Sandy, Amateur Radio – often called "Ham radio" - was often the ONLY way people could communicate, and hundreds of volunteer "hams" traveled south and east to save lives and property. When trouble is brewing, ham radio people are often the first to provide critical information and communications.
During the weekend on Saturday June 28, the public will have a chance to meet and talk with the local ham radio club, SPARC, (South Peninsula Amateur Radio Club). Please stop by and visit with these ham radio operators and see what the Amateur Radio Service is about. Displaying various aspects of communications will include digital and satellite capabilities, voice communications and even historical Morse code.
This annual event, called "Field Day" is the climax of the week long "Amateur Radio Week" sponsored by the ARRL, (American Radio Relay League), 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, "Ham radio works when other systems don't!" is more than just words to the hams as they prove they can send messages in many forms without the use of phone landlines, cellular systems, computer internet connections or any other infrastructure that can be compromised in a crisis.
There are more than 2.5 million ham operators worldwide, about 650,000 in the US, 3,500 in Alaska and nearly 50 members in our local club. Last year over 30,000 amateur radio operators across the country participated in Field Day activities.
"We hope that people will come and see for themselves, this is not your grandfather's radio anymore," said Allen Pitts of the ARRL. "The communications networks that ham radio people can quickly create have saved many lives in the past months when other systems failed or were overloaded." Through the ARRL's ARES program, ham volunteers provide emergency communications for thousands of state and local emergency response agencies, all for free.
In addition to seeing the wonders of ham radio, information will be available to consider the resources available so you too may obtain your ham license. During this past spring 15 took the training classes and passed their tests to become licensed operators. Classes will begin again in September but stop by and learn more. Just a note, you no longer need to learn the Morse code to become a licensed operator.
To learn more about Amateur Radio, go to www.emergency-radio.org. The public is most cordially invited to come, meet and talk with the hams. See what modern Amateur Radio can do. We can help YOU to get on the air!
Saturday, 28 June, 2014
Contact:SPARC President Kris Kerce
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