Press Release For Immediate Release For Additional Information please contact: Clair Franzen, BCARC Secretary / Treasurer Email: email@example.com, Phone: (563) 932-2099
Public Demonstration of Emergency Communications at Field Day
The Buchanan County Amateur Radio Club (BCARC) will demonstrate Amateur Radio at the Emergency Services Annex, 2109 205th Street, Independence on Saturday, June 23 from 1-4pm. This is during the ARRL annual Field Day event. They invite the public to come and see new ham radio capabilities and learn how to get an FCC radio license before the next disaster strikes. Local hams who wish to participate are also welcome. The objective of this year’s Field Day is to work as many stations as possible on any and all amateur bands and to learn to operate in abnormal situations in less than optimal conditions.
Despite the Internet, cell phones, email and modern communications, every year regions find themselves in the dark. Tornadoes, fires, storms, ice and even the occasional cutting of fiber optic cables leave people without the means to communicate. In these cases, the one consistent service that has never failed has been amateur radio. 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. Local “hams” will join with thousands of other Amateur Radio operators showing their emergency capabilities this weekend. Members of BCARC regularly provide communications and other support to Buchanan County Emergency Management.
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, Amateur Radio works” is more than just words to hams as they prove they can send messages in many forms without using 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.