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June 18, 2008 > Ham Radio Operators "Show Off" for Hayward residents and community

Ham Radio Operators "Show Off" for Hayward residents and community

Submitted By Jessica Westcott

The Hayward Radio Club (HRC) will be hosting an event known as Field Day on June
28. The public is welcome you to drop by and visit during this important day to
experience firsthand the importance and excitement of Ham Radio. Thousands of Ham
Radio operators will be demonstrating their emergency capabilities.

Over the past year, the news has been full of reports of ham radio operators providing
critical communications in emergencies including California wildfires, Oregon and
Michigan storms, tornadoes and other events world-wide. During Hurricane Katrina,
Amateur Radio, often called "Ham Radio," was often the only way people could
communicate, and hundreds of volunteer "hams" traveled south to save lives and
property.

When trouble is brewing, ham radio people are often the first to provide critical
information and communications. On the weekend of June 28 - 29, the public will have a
chance 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, 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, "Ham radio
works when other systems don't!" 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 30,000 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 of the ARRL. "The communications networks that ham
radio people can quickly create have saved many lives in the past months when other
systems failed or were overloaded."

In the Hayward area, the Hayward Radio Club will be demonstrating Amateur Radio at
Greenridge Park, off Crow Canyon Road in Castro Valley on June 28-29. 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. The Hayward Radio Club is a friendly group
of fellow "hams."

We are a non-profit organization that has been serving the Hayward area since 1951. We
meet the 3rd Friday of every month at 7:30 p.m. You don't even need a ham license to
"Get On The Air" with us at our special station. Come join us! We have so much more to
offer to you. Guest speakers every month, great people, tri-repeater, knowledgeable
members, events, community service; anything you might want!

There are 650,000 Amateur Radio licensees in the US, and more than 2.5 million around
the world. Through the ARRL's ARES 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. The public is most
cordially invited to come, meet, and talk with the hams. See what modern Amateur Radio
can do.

For additional information contact: Hayward Radio Club; P.O.Box 4502; Hayward, CA
94502. The 24-Hour Info Line is (510) 293-5705. Visit www.k6eag.org.

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