Prepping for any Emergency

The amateur radio event of the year is just a few short days away, June 22-23. Hundreds of thousands of
hams around North America and beyond will participate in the beloved operating event. The Algoma
Amateur Radio Club will once again be operating from the Sault Ste Marie Emergency Operations Centre
on Old Garden River Road from 2PM Saturday June 22 through 12 Noon Sunday June 23.

The purpose of Field Day is to set up temporary transmitting stations in public places to demonstrate ham radio’s science, skill and service to our communities and our nation. It combines public service,
emergency preparedness, community outreach, and technical skills all in a single event. Field Day has
been an annual event since 1933 and remains the most popular event in ham radio.

Often called “ham radio”, the Amateur Radio Service has been around for a century. In that time, it’s
grown into a worldwide community of licensed operators using the airwaves with every conceivable
means of communications technology. Its people range in age from youngsters to grandparents. Even
rocket scientists and a rock stars are in the ham ranks. Most, however, are just normal folks like you
and I who enjoy learning and being able to transmit voice, data and pictures through the air to unusual
places, both near and far, without depending upon commercial systems.

The amateur radio frequencies are the last remaining place in the usable radio spectrum when you as an
individual can develop and experiment with wireless communications. Hams not only can make and
modify their equipment but can create new ways to do things.

To find out more about Amateur Radio locally or to visit the Field Day event, please contact Dave
Rowlinson, Sault Ste Marie Emergency Coordinator at [email protected]


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