Field Day 2013!


Set up has begun…

Members of the KCARC began setting up the Field day station Saturday morning at the Hamby Volunteer Fire Station.

Getting Ready to Climb

Getting Ready to Climb

Stacking a Tower

Stacking a Tower

Pulling One Up

Pulling One Up


The Hunt begins

Members of the KCARC Participating in Field day Saturday, June 22, 2013 at the Hamby Volunteer Fire Station

Codemaster Jim

Codemaster Jim

Ready to Go!

Ready to Go!

RJ Recruiting

RJ Recruiting

 


KTAB4U gives KCARC Field Day Coverage!

Local community affairs program KTAB4U invited KCARC Club President Ron Harden, KB5HGM, on to the afternoon show to speak about Field Day. Producer/Host Matt Torres was very interested in the subject due to the recent storm damage that Abilene and other areas of the country had suffered. Ron said it was very exciting to find young adults in the media excited and enthusiastic about the hobby of Ham Radio. Follow the link below to view the interview.

Learning to use Amateur Radios During Emergencies


 “Who ya’ gonna call? Abilene’s Radio Hams!”

Public Demo of Emergency Communications June 22-23

Despite the Internet, cell phones, email and modern communications, every year whole regions find themselves in the dark. Tornadoes, fires, storms, ice and even the occasional cutting of fiber optic cables leave people without the means to communicate. In these cases, the one consistent service that has never failed has been Amateur Radio.

These radio operators, often called “hams” provide backup communications for everything from the American Red Cross to FEMA and even for the International Space Station. Abilene’s “hams” will join with thousands of other Amateur Radio operators showing their emergency capabilities this weekend.

Over the past year, the news has been full of reports of ham radio operators providing critical communications during unexpected emergencies in towns across America including the California wildfires, winter storms, tornadoes and other even ts world-wide. When trouble is brewing, Amateur Radio’s people are often the first to provide rescuers with critical information and communications.

On the weekend of June 22-23, the public will have a chance to meet and talk with Abilene’s ham radio operators and see for themselves what the Amateur Radio Service is about as hams across the USA will be holding public demonstrations of emergency communications abilities.

This annual event, called “Field Day” is the climax of the week long “Amateur Radio Week” sponsored by the ARRL, the national association for Amateur

Radio. Using only emergency power supplies, ham operators will construct emergency stations in parks, shopping malls, schools and backyards around the country. 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, internet or any other infrastructure that can be compromised in a crisis. More than 35,000 amateur radio operators across the country participated in last year’s event.

“The fastest way to turn a crisis into a total disaster is to lose communications,” said Allen Pitts of the ARRL. “From the earthquake and tsunami in Japan to tornadoes in Missouri, ham radio provided the most reliable communication networks in the first critical hours of the events. Because ham radios are not dependent on the Internet, cell towers or other infrastructure, they work when nothing else is available. We need nothing between us but air.”

In the Abilene area, the Key City Amateur Radio Club will be demonstrating Amateur Radio at the Hamby Volunteer Fire Department Station June 22 and 23, 2013

We invite the public to come and see ham radio’s new capabilities and learn how to get their own FCC radio license before the next disaster strikes.

Amateur Radio is growing in the US. There are now over 700,000 Amateur Radio licensees in the US, and more than 2.5 million around the world. Ham volunteers provide both emergency communications for thousands of state and local emergency response agencies and non-emergency community services too, all for free.