Radio Enthusiasts Get A Chance To HAM It Up
The annual Radio Relay field Day is coming June 26 and HAM operators are ready to show off just what they can do.
In the event of a natural disaster like an earthquake or worse, communications in Santa Clarita such as cell phones and even land lines may not work for days or even weeks.
If such a widespread civilian or military emergency were to happen, the state and the city of Santa Clarita would probably make use of amateur radio or HAM operators to communicate with federal government agencies or other countries.
To demonstrate this ability, the city Emergency Communications Team and the Santa Clarita Amateur Radio Club members will team up for the annual and internationally recognized American Radio Relay League Field Day at Central Park on June 26-27
“The Radio Relay is an excellent opportunity to demonstrate Amateur Radio to organizations that might be served in an emergency, as well as the general public,” said Mayor Laurene Weste.
This year's theme is "Explore the World”, an international two-day, around-the-clock emergency communications field exercise.
This event will be held at the Castaic Lake Water Treatment Plant Conservatory, located above Central Park on Bouquet Canyon Road. The team members will participate with more than 650,000 other amateur radio operators in the United States and abroad in this real-world emergency exercise.
The 24-hour event starts at 11:00 a.m. on June 26 and ends at 11:00 a.m. on June 27. Attendees will get to meet team and club members, and perhaps chat with a radio operator in a far off location on the other side of the world.
For more information, please contact Donna Nuzzi, the City’s Emergency Services Supervisor at (661) 250-3721.