Ham Radio Operators Get Ready For The Next Disaster
Information from news release . . .
Springfield, MO – June 18, 2013 – This past May it was the Moore, Oklahoma EF5 tornado. Two years ago it was Joplin, MO. Each time Ham radio SKYWARN storm spotters were the first to report sightings of the deadly twisters and report the first touchdowns and damage.
It was Ham radio operators that provided the critical communication from the field to emergency officials. And during the first hours after the storms hit, stayed along
side the American Red Cross, Salvation Army and other emergency personnel helping with on the spot communication. Knowing what to do is practiced by over 35,000 “ham operators” around the US and Canada every June, during an event called “Field Day”.
This annual event sponsored by the Amateur Radio Relay League (ARRL), will take place again this weekend , Saturday June 22, and Sunday June 23.
The public will have a chance to meet and talk with Southwest Missouri’s ham radio operators and see for themselves what the modern Amateur Radio Service is about, plus learn how to get their own FCC radio license before the next disaster strikes.
Saturday June 22 - Sunday June23.
The Southwest Missouri Amateur Radio Club will be demonstrating their communication skills on the grounds of the Southern Missouri Region American Red Cross, West Bypass and Division St.
Nixa Amateur Radio operators will be stationed at the High Pointe Elementary School, located at 900 N. Cheyenne Rd in Nixa.
All locations are open to the public from 1:00pm Saturday till 12:00pm on Sunday.
Amateur Radio is still growing in the US. There are now 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 both emergency communications for thousands of state and local emergency response agencies and non-emergency community services too, all for free.
To learn more about Amateur Radio, go to www.emergency-radio.org