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‘Hams’ to display emergency skills

When it comes to emergency situations they’re often the only link with the “outside world.”
That’s why “radio hams” from throughout the New River Valley will join with thousands of other amateur radio operators June 26-27 to demonstrate and test their emergency capabilities.
The New River Valley Amateur Radio Club invites the public to stop by Randolph Park off Alexander Road Saturday, June 26, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. to see the capabilities of the new ham radios and speak with some of the “hams.” The club is comprised of amateur radio operators in Giles, Pulaski, Montgomery and Floyd counties.
Club members will be demonstrating the newest digital and satellite capabilities, voice communications and even historical Morse code.
This annual event, called "Field Day," is the end of the week-long "Amateur Radio Week" sponsored by the ARRL (American Radio Relay League).
One of the goals of this annual “Field Day” gathering is to introduce the world of amateur radio to others in hopes they will want to get their own radio and FCC license.
According to the New River Valley club, there are more than 650,000 people in the United States – and more than 2.5 million worldwide – who have licenses to operate amateur, or ham, radios.
Through the ARRL Amateur Radio Emergency Services program, ham volunteers provide free emergency communications for thousands of state and local emergency response agencies, all for free. ARRL is the national association of amateur radio operators.
Ham radio operators have been instrumental in providing emergency communications during a number of unexpected emergencies in the U.S. and abroad over the past few years, including during the California wildfires, the earthquake in Haiti and Hurricane Katrina.
For additional information, please visit the NRVARC website at http://www.qsl.net/n4nrv/.
Showing the newest digital and satellite capabilities, voice communications and even historical Morse code, hams from across the USA will be holding public demonstrations of emergency communications abilities.
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 back yards 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. More than 35,000 amateur radio operators across the country participated in last year’s event.
"We hope that people will come and see for themselves, this is not your grandfather’s radio anymore," said Allen Pitts, W1AGP, of the ARRL. "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!”
In the NRV, the New River Valley Amateur Radio Club will be demonstrating Amateur Radio at the Randolph Park Recreation Facility on Alexander Road, adjacent to the center ball field (approx. 1/2 mile from the Volvo Truck Plant) in Dublin, VA on Saturday, June 26, from 10:00 am to 7:00 pm. They invite the public to come and see ham radio’s new capabilities and learn how to get their own FCC radio license before the next disaster strikes. For additional information, please visit the NRVARC website at http://www.qsl.net/n4nrv/.
There are over 650,000 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. You may also contact Danny Wylam at 382 – 9439, after 5:00 pm, or Roger Bell at 674-1200, 9 am – 4:00 pm, M – F. 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!

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