Montgomery “Hams” Join in National Deployment

download (2)On June 25 and 26, thousands of Amateur Radio operators—commonly referred to as “hams”—across the country will be showing off their emergency capabilities on Field Day 2016. In past years the news has been full of reports of ham radio operators providing critical communications during unexpected emergencies in towns across America, including the California wildfires, winter storms, tornadoes, hurricanes and other events world-wide. When trouble is brewing, hams are often the first to provide critical information and communications.

During this year’s Field Day, the public will have the opportunity to meet and talk with these ham radio operators and see for themselves what the Amateur Radio Service is about. 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 is the climax of the week long “Amateur Radio Week” sponsored by the American Radio Relay League (ARRL), the national association for Amateur Radio. Using only emergency power supplies, hams 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 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.

The Montgomery Amateur Radio Club will be operating at 4975 Snowdoun Chambers Rd., Montgomery, which is located off Woodly Rd. just south of East South Blvd commencing at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 25th and ending at 1:00 p.m. on June 26. The public is invited to come out and see ham radio’s capabilities and learn how to get their own FCC radio license before the next disaster strikes. There will be signs showing the way.

There are over 685,000 Amateur Radio operators in the US, and more than 2.5 million around the world. Through the ARRL, ham volunteers provide emergency communications for the DHS Citizens’ Corps, the American Red Cross, Salvation Army, FEMA and thousands of state and local agencies, all for free.

To learn more about Amateur Radio, go to the Web site at www.emergency-radio.org.

The public is most cordially invited to come, meet and talk with the hams–see what modern Amateur Radio can do. Hams will even help you get on the air!

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