Despite the Internet, cell phones, email and modern communications, every year tornadoes, fires, storms, ice and other accidents occasionally leave people without the means to communicate. In these cases, the one consistent service that has never failed has been Amateur Radio. Amateur Radio operators, often called “hams”, provide backup communications for everything from the American Red Cross to FEMA and even for the International Space Station.
Bond County’s “hams” will join with thousands of other Amateur Radio operators showing their emergency capabilities this weekend. Using only emergency power supplies, ham operators will construct emergency stations in parks, shopping malls, schools and backyards around the country. More than 35,000 amateur radio operators across the country participated in last year’s event.
In the Bond County area, the Okaw Valley Amateur Radio Club will demonstrate Amateur Radio at Patriot’s Park, just west of Greenville on Rt. 140, on Saturday and Sunday, June 28 and 29.
You can hear more about the Okaw Valley Amateur Radio Club and their Field Day on WGEL’s Public Affairs, coming up this Sunday afternoon.