Field Day: ‘Ham’ radio operators to participate in emergency preparedness exercise | New
Columbia Amateur Radio Association (CARA) to participate in 24-hour emergency preparedness exercise as part of the American Radio Relay League’s National “Field Day” June 26-27 at Trojan Park’s South Shelter, 71760 Columbia River Highway in Rainier.
Amateur radio operators – or “amateurs” – have played a vital role in emergency communications when other means have failed due to a disaster. Exercises like this help amateur radio operators of all skill levels learn, practice, develop and refine techniques, procedures and equipment configurations and advance a principle of amateur radio service through recognition and improvement. the value of the amateur service to the public as a non-commercial communication service, in particular with regard to the management of emergency communications.
Amateur radio is also a technology open to everyone, regardless of age, gender or ability. Incorporating all disciplines of STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics), young people are encouraged to consider this field – there is no minimum age for an amateur radio license – only the ability to demonstrate knowledge and skills on a license
As the skills of an ‘hobbyist’ develop and their degree level rises, they can explore the technologies used to communicate across the country, the world and even in space – in using methods as old as Morse code, as simple as voice and as new as the latest digital communication techniques.
Additional information on CARA is available on the association’s website, www.n7ei.org.
Community members are encouraged to stop by the Rainier Park event on Saturday, June 26, during regular park hours from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
While this event focuses on emergency communications, CARA members will be happy to discuss the many aspects of amateur radio. Community members are also encouraged to try a “hands-on” activity using an “amateur” radio, under the supervision of a licensed operator.
The association also organizes regular meetings and anyone interested in amateur radio is welcome. More information on Amateur Radio and the ARRL National Field Day is also available on the American Radio Relay League website at www.arrl.org