September 13 – BURLINGTON – Members of the Southern Ohio Amateur Radio Association (SOARA) and Lawrence County Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) will participate in a special live historic event on Saturday, October 1
SOARA members will join other invited amateur radio clubs across the tri-state area to participate in this event. Several special amateur radios operating on different frequencies will be set up at the Burlington Commons shelter on the Ohio side of Burlington from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Amateurs will use radio equipment that will make contact not only across the tri-states, but across the United States and countries around the world. The radio stations will use the SOARA club’s FCC call sign, W8SOE.
A rainy date is set for October 15.
Over the past few years, SOARA has participated in special radio events celebrating Lawrence County’s rich historical heritage. Last year they were at the Lake Vesuvius Iron Furnace, and in previous years at the Lawrence County Courthouse and Scottown Covered Bridge.
This year, in keeping with the historic series of events, SOARA members will call attention to the early history of Lawrence County and its first county seat, established in 1817 in Burlington.
The event will highlight Burlington’s importance to the Underground Railroad. Additionally, the first Lawrence County Jail built in 1846 still stands in Burlington and will be open for tours.
This event will be the first for the Ohio Chapter of the American Radio Relay League (ARRL) at this location.
“This event provides every opportunity for a FUN family day engaging the public and learning about Burlington’s rich history,” said Mike Love, Public Information Manager for WB8YKS SOARA.
Additionally, the Burlington Commons Playground will be open. Particular attention will be given to raising public awareness of the hobby and the benefits of a Ham Radio license, as well as emergency and community services. The public will be invited to speak on the radios under the direct supervision of an FCC-licensed operator. A special certificate will be issued to all amateurs who contact SOARA, W8SOE.
“I am thrilled that SOARA members have decided to hold their special event here at the Burlington Commons and focus on the history of our area,” said Tamara Howard, President of Concerned Citizens of the Burlington Area. “I encourage everyone to pay a visit and take advantage of this unique opportunity.”
“The Special Events Station will mimic the emergency conditions that would be required in the event of a total communication failure of telephone, commercial radio, television, cellphone, and web access due to weather conditions. earthquakes and wildfires,” Eddie Jenkins, N8URU Assistant Coordinator of Amateur Radio Emergency Services (ARES) and Vice President of SOARA.
All radio amateurs and the public are invited to this free event. The refuge, car park and toilets are accessible to people with reduced mobility.
To reach the Burlington Commons Shelter Zone from US 52, turn south on Burlington Macedonia Road at Lowe’s and go straight to the Ohio River.