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  • Wednesday, March 7, 2012

    Kids will Ham it up, radio style

    In the event of hurricanes, fires, floods, earthquakes and other disasters, you can count on amateur (or Ham) radio to provide vital links to agencies and city services such as fire, police and ambulance.
    On Tuesday, March 20, local kids can join Surrey Museum and Surrey Emergency Program Amateur Radio Society (SEPAR) in an amateur radio emergency communications workshop at the museum, at 17710 56A Ave.
    The session (from 2 to 4 p.m.) will focus on how amateur radio provides communities with emergency communications when commercial systems are not operational.
    The hands-on workshop is designed for kids age nine and older. Admission is free, but space is limited; preregister by calling 604-592-6956.
    Workshop participants will talk to people in other countries, experience digital communications without the internet, learn how radio waves travel, simulate a ground control/International Space Station contact, try Morse code and watch videos. Also, kids will learn that new technology is not always superior to old technology and is anything but obsolete.
    SEPAR offers its free Amateur Radio Workshop four times per year. For bookings or more information, contact Marcy Lui (VE7JT) at louie_family@shaw.ca or Fred Orsetti (VE7IO) at orsetti@telus.net.
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