Tonawanda News


June 27, 2014

Ham Radio operators show off at event in NT

Tonawanda News — A public demonstration of emergency communications with Ham Radio operators showing off the emergency capabilities will take place Saturday and Sunday at a Field Day event at 495 Zimmerman St., North Tonawanda.

Over the past year, the News has reported that ham radio operators provide critical communications in emergencies including the wildfires, tornadoes and other events worldwide.

The public will have an opportunity to meet and talk with ham radio operators and see what the Amateur Radio Service is about.

Showing the newest digital, voice communications and even historical Morse code, hams from across the country will be hosting public demonstrations of emergency communications abilities.

This annual event is the climax of the week-long “Amateur Radio Week” sponsored by the National Association for Amateur Radio.

Using only emergency power supplies, ham operators will construct emergency stations to 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.

“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,” he added.

The public is welcome to learn about the ham radio’s new capabilities and how to get their own FCC radio license.

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