By The Staff of The Chronicle
The Centralia Amateur Radio Emergency Services (ARES) team will be participating in Amateur Radio Day this weekend. Beginning Saturday, June 25 at 11 a.m. and ending Sunday, June 26 at 11 a.m., the annual event takes place on the fourth Saturday of every June in the United States and Canada.
During the event, radio amateurs join their clubs, groups or friends, of which the Centralia ARES team is an example, and operate their radios remotely.
The Centralia ARES team is a group of “FCC-licensed amateur radio operators who volunteer their time, expertise, and equipment to provide backup communications during emergency situations. Volunteers practice conducting urban and rural searches for lost or missing persons, as well as providing communications at community events such as parades and summer festivals.
Amateur radio, commonly referred to as “amateur radio”, has been around for a century and is an activity enjoyed around the world.
Amateur Radio Field Day, hosted by the Amateur Radio Relay League, is the most popular annual event in the United States.
Anyone interested in becoming an FCC-licensed amateur radio operator or serving your community as a volunteer with the Centralia ARES team can visit the group’s website at K7CEM.com.