June 24, 2014 > Who ya gonna call? Fremonts radio hams!
Who ya gonna call? Fremonts radio hams!
Submitted By Bill Artelt
Despite the Internet, cell phones, e-mail and modern communications, every year whole regions throughout the world 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 is Amateur Radio. Radio operators, often called hams, provide backup communications for everyone from the American Red Cross to FEMA and even the International Space Station.
Over the past year, the news has been full of reports of ham radio operators providing critical communications during unexpected emergencies in towns across America, including California wildfires, winter storms, tornadoes and other events world-wide. When trouble is brewing, Amateur Radios people are often the first to provide responders and rescuers with critical information and communications.
Hams across the U.S. will be holding public demonstrations of emergency communications capabilities June 28 and 29. This annual event, called Field Day is the climax of Amateur Radio Week sponsored by the American Radio Relay League (ARRL), the national association for Amateur Radio. Using only emergency power, ham operators will construct emergency stations in parks, shopping malls, schools and backyards around the country.
Their slogan, "When All Else Fails, Ham Radio Works,Ó is more than just words to 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 during a crisis. More than 35,000 amateur radio operators across the country participated in last year's event.
In the Tri-City area, the South Bay Amateur Radio Association (SBARA) will be demonstrating Amateur Radio at Central Park in Fremont. The public is invited to see ham radio capabilities and learn how to get their own FCC radio license. SBARA will be on site 24 hours with people willing to show, tell, and help operate at radio. While operations will be set up from 11 a.m. Saturday morning through 11 a.m. Sunday, the best time for visitors is Saturday afternoon, from around 2 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Amateur Radio is growing in the U.S. with over 700,000 Amateur Radio licensees in the country, and more than 2.5 million around the world. To learn more about Amateur Radio, go to www.emergency-radio.org.
Saturday, Jun 28 & Sunday, Jun 29
Saturday, 11 a.m. Ð Sunday, 11 a.m.
(Best visitor time: Saturday, 2 p.m. Ð 8 p.m.)
Sailway Dr and Paseo Padre Pkwy, Fremont