Local Amateur Radio Operators will be demonstrating emergency communications this weekend on the front lawn of Lincoln County High School.
Activities will begin at 1 p.m. Saturday, June 22, and will wrap up shortly before midnight. People of all ages are encouraged to stop by and find out about Amateur Radio and can even talk on the air.
Amateur Radio operators, also called “hams,” are volunteers who provide emergency communications during times of emergencies and disasters such as flooding, ice storms, tornadoes, and hurricanes. Often amateur radio is the one service that continues to operate when Internet, cell phones, cable TV, and other modern means of communications fail. These communication mediums rely heavily on copper or fiber based infrastructure to function. Hams can quickly set up communications to reach across town or around the world without using any infrastructure.
Historically, hams have provided critical support to the Red Cross, NOAA, FEMA, and other local and nationwide organizations and continue to be ready for any need.
People often associate ham radio with voice communication. Besides voice, hams use Morse code, computer/digital modes, satellite communications, networking, and even bounce signals off the moon. When licensed hams are aboard the International Space Station, you can contact them with modest effort.
The hams of the Lincoln County Amateur Radio Association will be happy to share more about this exciting hobby with the community. The group meets monthly on the fourth Tuesday night of the month at Riverside Christian Academy, 116 Riverside Lane, Fayetteville, at 6:30 p.m.