MidState Amateur Radio Club
Public Demo of Emergency Communications June 24-25
Franklin, IN, June19, 2014 – Nationwide thousands of Ham Radio operators will be showing off their emergency capabilities this weekend. In the past year alone, ham radio operators have made headlines with their work supporting response efforts to wildfires, floods, storms, tornadoes and other crises across America and around the world. When trouble is brewing, ham radio operators are often the first to provide critical information and communications systems in storm ravaged areas, or areas where a communities infrastructure is impacted. On the weekend of June 24-25th, the public will have a chance to meet and talk with the local ham radio operators and see for themselves what the Amateur Radio Service is about. Showing the newest communications capabilities, digital voice communications, even historical Morse code, hams from across the USA will be holding public demonstrations of emergency communications abilities and how we serve our community.
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 and Indiana Governor Holcumb’s Amateur Radio Week Proclamation. Using only emergency power supplies, ham operators will setup emergency stations in parks, shopping malls, schools and back yards around the country. Our slogan, "When all else fails " is more than just words to the hams as we prove we can send messages in many forms without the use of modern phone systems, cell phones, internet or any other infrastructure that can be compromised in a crisis. Almost 40,000 amateur radio operators across the country participated in last year's event.
We hope that people will come and see for themselves, this is not your grandfather's radio anymore. The communications network that ham radio can quickly create has saved many lives in the past months when other systems failed or were overloaded. Through the ARRL’s ARES program, ham volunteers provide emergency communications and for thousands of state and local emergency response agencies, AND our community - all for free!
In the Johnson County area, the MidState Amateur Radio Club will be demonstrating Amateur Radio in our radio room at the Johnson Prosecutors Office at 1 Cassion Dr, Franklin, IN 46131 on Saturday and Sunday June 24th and 25th. We 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. There are more than 800,000 Amateur Radio licensees in the US, and 3 million around the world.
To learn more about Amateur Radio, go to www.emergency-radio.org. The public is most cordially invited to come, meet and talk with the hams. If you want to see other locations holding a field day event check at http://www.arrl.org/field-day-locator for another local club. See what modern Amateur Radio can do, this isn’t your grandfathers radio anymore! We can even help you get on the air! See more at http://www.midstatehams.org/ or follow us on Face Book at http://www.facebook.com/MidStateARC/