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Field Day

Meet and talk with S.B.’s amateur radio operators and explore emergency communications demonstrations in a fully-equipped mobile station.

When: Sunday, June 24, 2012, 11 a.m.

Where: Camino Real Marketplace, 7004 Marketplace Dr. , Goleta

Cost: Not available

Age limit: Not available

Categories: Citizen's Alert

Description:

Even though cell phones, email and text messaging seem to be everywhere, when a crisis strikes, millions of Americans can find themselves in the dark. Wildfires, earthquakes, storms, floods and overloaded systems all too often interrupt critical communications. In these cases, the one consistent communications service that never fails is Amateur Radio.

The event is the climax of the week long Amateur Radio Week sponsored by the American Radio Relay League (ARRL), the national association for Amateur Radio. Using only emergency power supplies, ham operators in all 50 states and Canada will construct emergency stations in parks, shopping malls, schools and backyards. Their slogan, "When All Else Fails, Ham Radio Works” is more than just words to the hams as they prove they can send messages in many forms without the use of phone systems, the Internet or any other infrastructure that can be compromised in a crisis. For hams, Field Day is the largest on-air event of the year. More than 35,000 amateur radio operators participated in last year's event. This year, Santa Barbara Amateur Radio operators will contact thousands of other hams throughout the US, Canada, and the world using a variety of wireless modes including making contacts using Amateur Radio satellites in orbit.

Event posted June 20, 2012
Last updated June 22, 2012

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