Public Demonstration of Emergency Communications

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Date/Time
Date(s) - Saturday, June 25, 2016
to
Sunday, June 26, 2016
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Location
Halton Regional Building

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Parking Lot E at the Halton Regional Building

Ham Radio enthusiasts from across North America will be showing off their disaster and emergency communications capabilities on June 25 and 26 and radio operators from around Halton Region will be part of the action.

Operating this year from the Halton Regional Centre at 1151 Bronte Road, Ham operators from the South Halton Amateur Radio Emergency Service group (SHARES) will set up and operate a radio station capable of communicating with other Hams worldwide. The public is invited to come out and visit us in parking lot E located on the south side of the Halton Regional Centre from 2pm Saturday June 25 to 2 pm Sunday June 26.

Over the past few years, the news has been full of reports of ham radio operators providing critical communications in emergencies including the Japan earthquake and tsunami, Haiti Earthquake, Midwest floods, northern forest fires, tornadoes, and other events world-wide. During Hurricane Katrina, Amateur Radio – also called “Ham radio” – was often the ONLY way people could communicate, and hundreds of volunteer “hams” used their communications skills and radio equipment to help save lives and property.

The annual Field Day event helps local Hams and Hams across the continent practice their emergency communications skills using voice, digital modes, and even good old fashion Morse Code, over a 24-hour period which tests equipment and operator endurance. Like last year, local hams will be again be operating from the Halton Regional Centre.

There are an estimated 50,000 licensed Hams in Canada (650,000 in the US and more than 2.5 million worldwide). Last year, an estimated 60,000 hams across North America participated in Field Day activities throughout Canada and the USA. SHARES is part of the Halton Region Emergency Communications Team, which is composed of both Amateur and Non- Amateur volunteer radio groups.

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