With continuous wet weather and hurricane season around the corner, a community group is encouraging the public to learn how to communicate during a disaster.
Texas Emergency Amateur Communicators (TEAC) and Lone Star College-Kingwood’s engineering program will host the Amateur Radio Field Day on the college campus June 27-28. The equipment will be on display from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on June 27 and from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. on June 28. The actual 24-hour field day event starts at 8 a.m. on June 27. All activity will take place in the Performing Arts Center (PAC) room 125.
“The primary purpose is to have an event that tests our preparedness and readiness for actual emergencies. By holding the field day, sponsored by the American Radio Relay League (ARRL), we will construct antennas and connect radios with a spontaneous-like atmosphere and operate for a full 24 hours making as many contacts as possible,” said John Nobile, LSC-Kingwood student and TEAC member.
Community members interested in operating a radio on a frequency band or learning more about amateur radio equipment are invited to participate in the event. Field day operators will show the benefits of radio to use as basic communication or during real emergency events such as hurricanes, earthquakes, terrorist attacks, or any other situation where normal communication is unlikely.
Participants will see real radios in operation that can communicate on the high frequency bands and radios that can communicate to satellites orbiting the earth. They will also see the simple antennas that can be built in an hour at home to some complex antennas that can take weeks to design and build.
“Another goal is to provide an educational opportunity for children and adults by sharing the opportunities amateur radio has to offer in science, math, and engineering,” Nobile said. “These contacts with other Amateur Radio Operators can be just miles away or literally around the world.”
For more information on the Amateur Radio Field Day at LSC-Kingwood, email John Nobile at JNOBILE@my.lonestar.edu.
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