One of the first losses during or after a disaster can easily be communication — Gone is the Internet, and batteries fade, along with the ability to connect via phones or other high-tech methods.
Thanks to well-trained group of volunteer amateur radio operators —ARES/RACES or better known as "hams" — aid individuals, agencies, and organizations like CRESA, the American Red Cross, FEMA and even the International Space Station.
ARES/RACES operators test their skills each year in a family friendly public and global test, called Field Day. This year's test is set for this Saturday June 22, 2013 from Noon-4:00 pm. During Field Day, over 35,000 "hams" across the United States, Canada, and many other countries take their radio gear out of their homes and set up temporary stations almost anywhere imaginable; public parks, mountaintops, baseball diamonds, and parking lots, and yes fields.
Clark County Amateur Radio Club, along with Silver Star Search and Rescue and other Public Service Agencies, including CRESA, will be demonstrating Emergency Communication and Preparedness. This years activities include a Get On The Air (GOTA) station for ANYONE to try to make a voice contact. You may make contact with someone from across the country.
If you are interested in learning more about Amateur Radio and Emergency Communications please consider attending the Clark County local Field Day located at:
SEH America at 3900 NE 112th Avenue in Vancouver
Folks are asked to enter off of NE 39th Street in the Overflow Parking Lot
For More information contact the Club Hotline at 360-989-9268 or visit the Clark County Amateur Radio Club Website.