Ham radio operation can be more than just a hobby

Ham radio operation can be more than just a hobby

By Gene Still
Friday July 11, 2008

It’s a hobby that can turn very serious when it comes to providing a valuable way of communicating during emergency situations.
That was part of the focus of a nationwide public demonstration of emergency communications by ham radio operators in Carman.
The June 28 demonstration in town, organized by the Prairie Amateur Radio Technical Society, was on the grounds of the Memorial Hall. The day allowed the public the opportunity to meet and talk with local ham radio operators and find out what the Amateur Radio Service is all about.
It was part of the conclusion of what was a week-long Amateur Radio Week across Canada and the U.S. of the latest modes of digital and satellite capabilities, voice communications and even historical Morse code. It was Sponsored by the RAC and the ARRL, the National Associations for Amateur Radio in Canada and the U.S.
Known as Field Day, and with only emergency power supplies, ham operators recreated emergency stations.
Carman Collegiate’s Jeremy McGill is working towards getting his operator’s license and comes by the skill somewhat naturally – his father Rob is an experienced operator having obtained his license in December 1989.

Full Article: The Valley Leader

Sacramento Valley Area Hams Respond when Fires Sweep across Northern California

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Map Of California Wildfire Outbreaks

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With the California fires show little signs of lightening up, ARRL Sacramento Valley Section Manager Ron Murdock, W6KJ, says that ARES members in his Section are actively involved in supporting the agencies they serve. According to California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE), more than 330 fires covering almost 200,000 acres are active in the Sacramento Valley Section. While most fires are at least 50 percent contained, some are less than 30 percent under control.

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