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Area amateur radio operators demonstrate emergency communications Jun2 28-29

June 27, 2014
Reinbeck Courier

The Central Iowa Radio Amateur Society (CIRAS) will operate from the Marshall County Emergency Operations Center (EOC) to simulate operation in emergency conditions and would like to invite you to visit the American Radio Relay League (ARRL) Field Day operation.

Marshall County and surrounding area Amateur Radio operators will work around the clock on the weekend of Saturday and Sunday, June 28 & 29 to set up radio communication stations and contact hundreds of other amateur operators, also known as hams, in the US and Canada.

Field Day is the annual "shakedown run" for the ARRL's National Field Organization to test and improve amateur-radio operator's emergency communication skills. It's also a way for hams to get together and have some fun.

The ARRL Field Organization has been effective in establishing emergency communications nets during floods, hurricanes, fires, earthquakes, terrorist attacks, and other major disasters, whether they be local, regional, or national in scope. Members of formal emergency organizations such as the Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) and the Radio Amateur Communication Emergency Services (RACES) regularly participate. The League estimates that more than 35,000 hams participate in Field Day every year.

Field Day operations will take place at the Marshall County Emergency Operations Center (EOC) Marshall County Jail 3rd Floor, 2369 Jessup Ave. Marshalltown, Iowa. Follow the signs at the Southeast corner of the building to the 3rd floor. Setup begins at 9:30 on Saturday morning, June 28 and on-air operations will be from 1:00 PM Saturday until 1:00 PM Sunday, tear-down follows.

The public is invited to visit and participate. For more information, contact: David Young at 641-844-5554 or Amateur Radio talk-in on 146.520 simplex FM and 444.150 + 151.4 tone.



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