Thousands of ham radio operators will be demonstrating their emergency communication capabilities the weekend of June 28.
In the Portage County area, the Portage County Amateur Radio Service, Inc., will again be operating its amateur radio station at the Cunningham Shelter in the John Tontimonia City Park in Ravenna.
The event will run for a full 24 hours, from 2 p.m. June 28 until 2 p.m. June 29 and the public may visit to see ham radio in action and learn how to get their own FCC radio license.
The hurricane season has started and the Midwest, South, and even Northeastern Ohio have already been struck by tornadoes.
During a crisis, licensed amateur radio operators are often the first to provide critical information and communications.
The upcoming event, known as "Field Day," provides a chance for the public to meet and talk with these ham radio operators and see for themselves what the Amateur Radio Service is all about.
Hams around the country will be demonstrating the newest digital and satellite capabilities, voice communications, and even Morse code.
They will set up emergency stations in parks, shopping malls, schools and other public locations around the country. They will show how they can still send messages in many forms even when phone systems, the Internet, and other communication services are disrupted during a disaster or emergency.
"We invite everyone in the Portage County area to stop by and see how the amateur radio operators in your community are preparing to assist if disaster strikes," said Tom Sly, president of PCARS, whose amateur radio call sign is WB8LCD.
"We will even have a station operating that will provide visitors a chance to get on the air. This is particularly helpful for Scouts who are working on a communications merit badge."
Anyone wishing more information can contact Tom Sly at 330-554-4650, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or go to the PCARS website at www.portcars.org.