Thursday, October 15, 2015

Ham Radio Event

Ham Radio Comes Out of Mom’s Basement
and into the 21st Century

The most common response I get when I tell people I am a ham is, “I didn’t know they still do ham radio anymore.  It’s so old fashioned.”

The mention of amateur radio often conjures up images of Radar O’Riley frantically cranking on a military field radio phone or, worse, a thick-spectacled loner in mom’s basement listening to crackling signals coming from a glowing box leaking mysterious radiation.

Modern ham radio has actually moved with and sometimes in advance of the technology we are all familiar with.  Amateur radio can transmit television signals mounted on drones which are used to survey wildfire damage before it is safe for a human to enter the burn area.  Modern hams living in areas struck by severe weather are often the first voices to come out of the affected area.  We work on our stations to make them able to survive a disaster and we use exercises like Field Day to practice taking our radios out and setting up towers and antennas under field conditions.

Among the things which local hams can do is communication via satellite, moon bounce, location tracking, remote messaging, e-mail communication over the radio and signaling via radio transmission.

The Big Sandy Amateur Radio Club is hosting a Jamboree on the Air for local Boy Scouts and for anyone else who is interested in amateur radio.  We will be operating from the Hub City Senior Center starting at 10:00 am on Saturday, October 17th.  We will run the station as long as we have folks who are interested in joining us.  A light lunch will be served.

If you have ever had an interest in becoming a licensed ham, please come by and see us.  We will be glad to help you prepare to take your license test.  For more information please contact Ed, AD5MQ, 719 297-1092 or Sharon, KC0PBR, 719 648-4857.

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