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September 20, 2018

Amateur Radio Operators to Test Emergency Capabilities


Bob LaMay, WA2AFF, Ed Proto, AF2M and Mark Chamberlin, WB2PKO (back to camera) log and tune the radio for another long distance contact during the 2008 Field Day event.

Bob LaMay, WA2AFF, Ed Proto, AF2M and Mark Chamberlin, WB2PKO (back to camera) log and tune the radio for another long distance contact during the 2008 Field Day event.

The Oswego County Emergency Communicators/RACES and the Fulton Amateur Radio Club are joining forces to demonstrate their emergency operations capability with other stations throughout the nation, Saturday June 26-27 at 4903 State Route 104 E, Oswego.

Standard household electricity will be shunned and operation will be from alternate energy sources. Voice, digital and even historic Mores code will be used to exchange critical information with other stations across the country. This will be accomplished without the need for the internet, cell phones or other commercial means.

The OCEC/RACES comms van will be in action along with the new trailer mounted monopole tower for raising antennas up to an operating level. Other styles of antennas will also be used to show adaptability in different environments and will be connected to an appropriate radio. There will be some equipment displays and information about emergency communications. There will be radio operators available to explain Amateur Radio and how to obtain an FCC issued license.

During the past year ham radio has been cited for being “there” and providing life saving communications until commercial infrastructures could be repaired. The ability to operate under emergency conditions has been a typical trademark of amateur radio.

All interested amateurs are invited to attend to join in the operation and fun. The operating portion starts at 2 PM Saturday and runs for 24 hours. The general public is also invited to see the capabilities of ham radio and to witness why ham radio is usually there when other services fail.

The local repeater at 147.150+ MHz will be monitored for those that may need directions to the LaMay residence, which is approximately 8 miles East of downtown Oswego on Route 104.

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