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June 15, 2013

Local ham radio operators to put on public demonstration June 22-23

“Who ya’ gonna call? Parker County’s radio hams! That’s who!”

The fastest way to turn a crisis into a total disaster is to lose communications. From the earthquake and tsunami in Japan to the tornadoes in Granbury and Cleburne, ham radio has provided the most reliable communication networks in the first critical hours of these events.

“Because ham radios are not dependent on the Internet, cell towers or other infrastructure, they work when nothing else is available. We need nothing between us but air,” an ARRL spokesman said.

In the Weatherford area, the Amateur Radio Club of Parker County will be demonstrating amateur radio at the LDS pavilion on the comer of Bethel and Fielder roads on June 22-23. The pavilion is south of Weatherford high school.

The club invites the public to and see ham radio’s new capabilities and learn how to get their own FCC radio license before the next disaster strikes.

Amateur radio is growing in the U.S. There are now over 700,000 amateur radio licensees in the U.S., and more than 2.5 million around the world.

Through the ARRL’s Amateur Radio Emergency Services program, ham volunteers provide both emergency communications for thousands of state and local emergency response agencies along with non-emergency community communications services – all for free.

To learn more about amateur radio, go to www.emergency-radio.org. The public invited to come, meet and talk with the hams during the demonstration. They can even help you get on the air. See what modern amateur radio can do.

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