Rockford area amateur radio operators to demonstrate emergency communications at Roscoe VFW
Public Demonstration of Emergency Communications June 24 – 25, 2017
Rockford ham radio operators from the Rockford Amateur Radio Association will join with thousands of Amateur Radio operators, who will be showing off 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 wildfires, winter storms, tornadoes, and other life threatening events worldwide.
On the weekend of June 24 – 25, the public will have a chance to meet and talk with ham radio operators from the Rockford Amateur Radio Association and see for themselves what the Amateur Radio Service is about.
This event is being held at the Roscoe VFW, 11385 2nd Street, Roscoe, IL., from 1:00 pm Saturday thru 1:00 pm Sunday.
Showing the newest digital capabilities, and voice communications, the Rockford ham operators will be holding a 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, the ham operators will construct emergency stations and antennas. The communications that ham radio people can quickly create have saved many lives when other systems failed or were overloaded. 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, Amateur Radio’s people are often the first to provide rescuers with critical information and communications. Illinois Governor, Bruce Rauner has proclaimed June as Amateur Radio Month. His proclamation noted that Amateur Radio “provides excellent volunteer emergency communications” for various agencies.
It also points out that “by continuous learning and experimentation, Amateur Radio operators help to forward the science of electronics and radio-related communications” and inspires young people to pursue career opportunities in radio and electronics.
The public is welcomed to attend and learn why ham radio is used for emergency communications.
Submitted by: Kurt Eversole – Field Day Director for the Rockford Amateur Radio Association.