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Daily from June 23, 2012 until June 24, 2012
Phone: Brian Jenks, 260-484-5060 or 260-224-7148
Public Demo of Emergency Communications June 23-24.
Fort Wayne, Indiana June 23rd and 24th, despite the internet, cell phones, emails and modem communications, every year whole regions find themselves in the dark.
Tornadoes, fires, stonns, 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. These radio operators, often called "hams", provide backup communications for everything from the American Red Cross to FEMA and even for the International Space Station. Allen County's "hams" will join with thousands ofother radio amateurs to operate and show their emergency capabilities this weekend.
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 the California wildfires, winter stonns, tornadoes and other events world-wide. When trouble is brewing, radio amateurs are often the first to provide rescuers with critical communications.
On the weekend of June 23-24, the public will have a chance to meet and talk with Fort Wayne's ham radio operators and see for themselves what the Amateur Radio Service is about as hams 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 American Radio Relay League "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, "When All Else Fails, Ham Radio Works" is more than just words to the hams as they prove they can send messages in many forms without the use ofphone systems, internet or any other infrastructure that can be compromised in crisis. More than 35,000.00 amateur radio operators across the country participated in last year's event.
"The fastest way to tum a crisis into a total disaster is to lose communications, said Allen Pitts of the ARRL. "From the earthquake and tsunami in Japan to tornadoes in Missouri, ham radio provided the most reliable communication networks in the first critical hours of the events. Because ham radios are not dependent on the Internet, cell towers or other infrastructure, they work when nothing else is available. We need nothing between us but "air." In the Fort Wayne area, the Fort Wayne Radio Club will be demonstrating Amateur Radio at Dolnick Learning Center located on the Indiana University Purdue University Fort Wayne campus on June 23rd and 24th. 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.
Amateur Radio is growing in the US. There are now over 700,000 Amateur Radio Emergency Services programs. Ham volunteers provide both emergency communications for thousands ofstate and local emergency response agencies and nonemergency community services too, all for free.
To learn more about Amateur Radio, 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. They can even help you get on the air.
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