Issaquah hams to practice emergency communication

June 21, 2011

By Staff

Two Issaquah amateur radio operator groups invite the public to view a mock communication emergency the weekend of June 25 and 26.

Operators from the Issaquah Amateur Radio Club will broadcast from 9 a.m. June 25 to 11 a.m. June 26 at Sunny Hills Elementary School, 3200 Issaquah-Pine Lake Road S.E., Sammamish.

The Issaquah Communication Support Team’s event is from 1 p.m. June 25 to noon June 26 at Hans Jensen Youth Camp, across the street from the Lake Sammamish Boat Ramp.

Members will set up field radio communication stations, get on the air and contact hundreds of other operators in the United States and Canada as part of their participation in the American Radio Relay League’s annual Field Day.

During the past year, Amateur Radio Operators have provided critical communication during wildfires, winter storms, tornados and floods.

“Field Day is a way for hams to fine-tune emergency communication skills,” John MacDuff, newsletter editor for the Issaquah Amateur Radio Club, said. “We use battery power, and set up temporary antennas in the field. The idea is to put together a self-sufficient, working radio station quickly and begin making contacts as quickly as possible.”

Mike Crossley, who volunteers with the Issaquah Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Services and the Amateur Radio Emergency Service, said he would welcome youths and adults, “anybody with an interest in amateur radio. We are interested in anybody who is good at talking.”

Many of the members of the Issaquah ARC also belong to the Issaquah Communications Support Team that reports to the Issaquah Police Department and supports Issaquah’s emergency manager with backup communications for the city when needed.

Learn more by calling MacDuff at 392-7623 or Mike Crossley at 395-4139, or email macrossley@gmail.com, to learn more.

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