FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 20, 2007
Contact: K.E. Schwab
Ham radio operators offer public demonstration at Old Stone House
SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Local ham radio operators from the Butler County Amateur Radio Public Service Group will use only emergency power supplies to construct emergency radio stations then demonstrate amateur radio for the public at Slippery Rock University's Old Stone House June 28-29.
The annual event, known as "Field Day," has been offered since the 1930s. Field Day is the culminating activity of "Amateur Radio Week," a weeklong program sponsored by the American Radio Relay League, the national association for amateur radio enthusiasts.
More than 30,000 amateur radio operators across the nation participated last year.
This year's theme is "Ham radio works when other systems don't."
Ham operators consistently prove they can send messages in many forms without the use of telephone systems, the internet or other infrastructure that can be compromised in a crisis or national disaster.
Field Day is a training exercise that prepares local amateur radio operators in the event of local or statewide emergency. "The communications networks that ham radio operators can quickly create have saved many lives in the past months throughout the world when other systems failed or were overloaded," said Allen Pitts, media and public relations manager for ARRL.
There are 650,000 amateur radio licensees in the U.S., and more than 2.5 million around the world. Through the ARRL's Amateur Radio Emergency Services program, ham volunteers provide free emergency communications for thousands of state and local emergency response agencies.
The public is invited to visit and see for themselves amateur radio's capabilities. Visitors can also learn how to get their own FCC radio licenses.
To learn more about amateur radio, visit: http://www.emergency-radio.org/.
The Old Stone House, one of Butler County's most recognized landmarks, is located at the intersection of routes 8, 528 and 173, 12 miles north of Butler.
Slippery Rock University is Pennsylvania's premier public residential university. Slippery Rock University provides students with a comprehensive learning experience that intentionally combines academic instruction with enhanced educational and learning opportunities that make a positive difference in their lives.
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