FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Secretary and Field Day Coordinator
South Canadian Amateur Radio Society
P.O. Box 720993 Norman, OK 73070
Ham Radio Operators Demonstrate Field Operations Capabilities
Public Demo of Emergency Communications June 24-25, 2017
Thousands of Amateur Radio Operators will be showing off their emergency capabilities this weekend. Over the past years, news media have offered reports of amateur radio operators providing critical communications during emergencies world-wide. 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. During the May 2013 tornado outbreak and the May 2015 tornado, hams from the South Canadian Amateur Radio Society (SCARS) provided needed emergency communications in support of Norman Emergency Management. When trouble occurs and affects normal communications, ham radio people are often the first to provide critical information and support communications.
On the weekend of June 24-25, 2017, citizens will have a chance to meet and talk with members of the local amateur radio club, SCARS, and see for themselves what Amateur Radio Service is about. Hams from across the USA and Canada will be holding public demonstrations and practicing emergency communications during this period, which is known as “Field Day.” More than 35,000 amateur radio operators across the country participated in last year’s event making more than 1.3 million contacts on the air.
Field Day is the climax of the week-long “Amateur Radio Week” sponsored by the ARRL (American Radio Relay League), the national association for Amateur Radio. Ham operators will construct emergency stations in parks, shopping malls, schools and backyards around the
country. Their slogan, “When all else fails,” is more than just words to Hams as they prove they can send messages in many forms without the use of phone systems, Internet, or any other infrastructure that can be compromised in a crisis.
In the Norman area, the South Canadian Amateur Radio Society will be demonstrating Amateur Radio at Reaves Park on June 24-25, 2017 from 1PM Saturday to 1PM Sunday. They will operate the entire 24-hour period. SCARS invites the public to come to see the capabilities, community support, and just plain fun offered by amateur radio, and we will share how to get their own FCC radio license before the next disaster strikes.
An emergency communications network is critical to disaster response. Local hams working with the Heart of Oklahoma American Red Cross were responsible for sending and receiving messages into the affected Gulf Coast Area. Many local ham volunteers provide emergency communications for Norman Emergency Management, the American Red Cross, the Salvation Army, FEMA, and thousands of state and local agencies, all for free. You can be a part of this support network, too!