For Immediate Release
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543 Cooper Road
Alexander, ME 04694-6326
“Radio Hams” from Charlotte & Washington County join in national deployment
and Public Demo of Emergency Communications June 28-29
Alexander, Maine – Your Area “hams” will join with thousands of Amateur Radio operators who will be showing off their emergency capabilities. When trouble is brewing, Amateur Radio’s people are often the first to provide rescuers with critical information and communications. 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. On the weekend of June 28 – 29, the public will have a chance to meet and talk with area ham radio operators and see for themselves what the Amateur Radio Service is about.
This 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. The communications that ham radio people can quickly create have saved many lives when other systems failed or were overloaded. And besides that – it’s fun!
The St. Croix Valley Amateur Radio Club will be demonstrating Amateur Radio at the Alexander Elementary School on June 28 through late morning on June 29. They invite the public to come and see ham radio’s capabilities and learn how to get their own FCC radio license before the next disaster strikes. There are 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 emergency communications for thousands of state and local emergency response agencies, all for free. To learn more about Amateur Radio, go to www.emergency-radio.org. The St. Croix Valley Amateur Radio Club also maintains a website at: www.stcroixvalleyamateurradioclub.org. The public is 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!