Amateur Radio Holds Public Demo of Emergency Communications – June 24 & 25

LENOIR, NC (June 14, 2017)…Despite the Internet, cell phones, email and modern communications, every year whole regions of the country 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 has been Amateur Radio. In Caldwell County, these radio operators provide emergency communications for the Caldwell County Emergency Operations Center, the American Red Cross, and others. The Lenoir Amateur Radio Club “hams” will join with over 40,000 other Amateur Radio operators showing their emergency capabilities at Field Day 2017 to be held at Caldwell County Emergency Management located at the HHS Building, 2345 Morganton Blvd SW, Lenoir. The event begins at 2:00 pm, Saturday June 24 and continues for 24 hours –through the night and wee hours of the morning—until 2:00 pm, Sunday June 25. The public is invited to come see ham radio’s capabilities and disaster readiness as well as have a look at the Club’s Communication and Antenna trailers that can be deployed when needed.

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 flooding, wildfires, winter storms, and other events. When trouble is brewing, amateur radio operators are often the first to provide rescuers with critical information and communications. “The fastest way to turn a crisis into a total disaster is to lose communications,” said John Crowe, President…

Article Source…

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *