The Lincoln County Amateur Radio EMA Team will host their annual Winter Field Event in Damariscotta this year.
Radio operations will begin on Saturday, January 29, 2022, at 2 p.m., and will take place in the municipal parking lot in Damariscotta near the boat launch.
LCART is part of the Lincoln County Emergency Management Agency (EMA), which is made up of approximately 20 licensed amateur volunteers. Volunteers are trained to become auxiliary communicators in the event of normal communications failure (including cell phone towers).
Amateur radio (ham radio) is a popular hobby and service that brings people, electronics and communications together, according to LCART, in a press release. People use amateur radio to talk across town, around the world, or even in space, all without the Internet or cell phones.
“It’s fun, social, educational and can be a lifeline when needed,” the statement said.
Emergency communications or EmComm include all means and modes of public safety communication in government agencies (eg, law enforcement, fire departments, emergency medical services). Amateur radio operators can assist with these communications before, during and after declared emergencies, disasters or special planned safety events.
The “Hambulance” is the fun name we use for our EmComms vehicle, serving wherever emergency communication is needed in Lincoln County, especially when cellular and internet services are not available. The vehicle is equipped to handle voice and digital communications, not only locally here in Lincoln County, but throughout the state of Maine as well.
LCART is a team of COURSES. RACES stands for Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service, a protocol created by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC Part 97, Section 407). RACES volunteer operators are: 1. Licensed Radio Amateurs 2. Certified by a Civil Defense Agency 3. Able to communicate on amateur radio frequencies during drills, drills and emergencies 4. Activated by local, county and local jurisdictions state and the only amateur radio operators authorized to transmit in a declared emergency, when the President of the United States expressly invokes the War Powers Act.