Emergency Management Division plans radio test Saturday

July 30, 2010

By Staff

NEW — 8 a.m. July 30, 2010

Join amateur radio operators during a field test of the state Emergency Management Division to field-test a state emergency communications system on Saturday.

Between 15 and 20 amateur radio operators plan to join state emergency-management staffers to conduct a test of the state emergency communications trailer. Using communications equipment in the trailer, radio operators will attempt to contact county emergency operations centers in all 39 Washington counties.

“Amateur radio is an important backup system for emergency operations in the event that phone and computer systems break down,” Bob Purdom, the Emergency Management Division staff coordinator for the test, said in a news release. “Each year, we conduct a field test of the amateur radio operations to ensure it can work when it is needed.”

The test includes radio network control stations in Ephrata, Spokane and Vancouver, Wash., plus volunteers from the Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service.

The test takes place from 10 a.m. to noon in the parking lot at outdoors retailer Cabela’s, 1600 Gateway Blvd. N.E., Lacey.

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