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Friday, June 17, 2011

Amateur Radio Week

South Bend, Washington – June 20-26, 2011 is Amateur Radio Week in Washington State.  Amateur radio operators volunteer and contribute their time, skills, equipment, and energy to help those in need and deserve recognition and gratitude for the many services they provide.   

Fun, public service, and convenience are the distinguishing characteristic of amateur radio, also known as “ham” radio.  Although hams get involved for many reasons, they all have in common a basic knowledge of radio technology and operating principles, and pass an examination for the FCC license to operate on radio frequencies known as the "Amateur Bands."  For more information about amateur radio and licensing, visit http://www.qsl.net/w7rdr/ham.htm.

Nearly 60 hams volunteer for Pacific County Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Services (RACES) to provide emergency communications for the Pacific County Emergency Management Agency during disasters.  RACES volunteers also serve as spotters during monthly AHAB siren tests, support NOAA weather radio promotions, and work on communications equipment.  For more information about becoming a Pacific County RACES volunteer contact Bob Cline, Emergency Services Volunteer at 360-665-4496 or visit http://www.wwa-district3-ares.org/pacific_county/.

Friday, June 10, 2011

Pacific County Hams Prepare for Annual Field Day Communications Event

10:00 a.m.
Contact:  Dick Lemke, President

Long Beach, Washington – The Pacific County Amateur Radio Club (PCARC) will participate for the 10th year in the annual North American Field Day operating event the weekend of June 25th.  Again this year the event will be held jointly at the Port of Peninsula and Morehead Park in Nahcotta.  This waterfront area has proven to be an excellent site for radio transmissions and is utilized through the generosity of both entities. 

ARRL Field Day is the highlight of the Pacific County Amateur Radio Club calendar.  Each year many Pacific County amateur operators gather to operate in the field without commercial power and with temporary antennas as might happen in a real emergency.   While the event is not a formal contest, an objective is to work as many stations as possible on most of the amateur bands and to practice operating in abnormal situations in less than optimal conditions.

All told the Pacific County Amateur Radio Club will have five operating radio stations:  a “Get on the Air” Station open to the public, a Single Side Band Voice Station, a Morse Code Station, a Packet (digital) Station, and a VHF Station, demonstrating a wide range of capabilities.  The VHF station will make one or more contacts via Amateur radio satellite, for example.   Friday is dedicated to setting up the stations and antennas, including making test contacts to prove the viability of the each set-up.

The public is invited to observe amateur radio at work and learn how to make contact with other radio stations in North America.  One station is dedicated for use by the public and for amateurs who do not typically operate on the short-wave bands.  The best time to visit operations is Saturday midday through late afternoon.  Stop by the “Get on the Air” tent to learn first-hand about radio operations, pick up a brochure, take a tour, or to ask questions about becoming a licensed radio amateur.  Participate at the VHF station by sending an email via radio to a friend or family member.  The PCARC hopes that people will come and see for themselves that this is not your grandfather's radio! 

The Pacific County Amateur Radio Club meets the second Saturday of each month at 9:00AM at Hunter’s Inn in Naselle.  Anyone interested in learning about ham radio is encouraged to attend. For more information contact:  Dick Lemke, President 665-2438 or Bob Cline, Emergency Services Volunteer 665-4496.

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