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June 27, 2014

‘Hams’ amateur radio demonstration this weekend

TERRE HAUTE — Despite the Internet, cell phones, email and modem 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. This weekend, Wabash Valley “hams” will join with thousands of other amateur radio operators to showcase their emergency capabilities.

On Saturday and Sunday, the public will have a chance to meet and talk with Terre Haute area ham radio operators and see for themselves what the Amateur Radio Service is about.

The annual event, called “Field Day,” is the climax of Amateur Radio Week. Using only emergency power supplies, ham operators will construct emergency stations in parks, shopping malls, schools and backyards around the country.

The Wabash Valley Amateur Radio Association is demonstrating Amateur Radio at VFW Post 972 Recreation Area, 8170 Indiana 159, about 1.5 miles south of Riley. They began at 2 p.m. Saturday and plan to end at 2 p.m. Sunday. They invite the public to come and see ham radio’s new capabilities and learn how to get their own FCC radio license.

For more information, contact Chuck Procarione at 812-239-8061 or Gary Adams at 812-230-1218 or visit www.emergencyradio.org.

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