South San Francisco Amateur Radio Operators invite you to see your local “HAMs” in action!

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South San Francisco, CA June 17, 2018 Submitted by Sandra and Steve Firpo

As we have seen in Florida and Puerto Rico, the use of amateur radio – or HAM – is an essential tool for maintaining communications during disasters when telephone lines and cell towers are blocked or non-existent.

Amateur radio operators are licensed by the FCC and are volunteers. Although amateur radio technology is vintage, high technology is also used by HAMs to seek out and communicate with other HAM radio operators around the world. Yet HAM Radio can deliver mission-critical communications without relying on the Internet, Cloud, or electricity!

Every year the Amateur Radio Relay League (ARRL) holds an event called FIELD DAY – a “friendly competition” where HAMs from across North America test their skills to be ready to help in a local or statewide emergency, and compete to make as many contacts as possible in 24 hours.

The South San Francisco Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) has an amateur radio team that participates in the field day. As part of our Field Day event, we are hosting an open house, inviting the public and local legislators to learn about amateur radio, its place in civil defense and as a fun and popular pastime. It continues to grow, from 727,000 in 2015 to over 800,000 today.

We invite everyone to visit us and watch your HAMs in action, watch an amateur radio exhibit in the United States, learn about the role of HAMs in disaster situations, find out why these HAMs are also members of CERT, and enjoy some refreshments. Many audio, video and photo opportunities!

Saturday June 23rd anytime between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m.

South San Francisco Emergency Operations Center (EOC)

Fire station SSF 61

480 Canal Street North (cross street: Spruce Ave.)

South of San Francisco, CA 94080


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