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  • Saturday, June 30, 2012

    Santa Barbara Amateur Radio Operators Demo Emergency Communications

    Even though cell phones, email and text messaging seem to be everywhere, when a crisis strikes, millions of Americans can find themselves in the dark.

    Wildfires, earthquakes, storms, floods and overloaded systems all too often interrupt critical communications. In these cases, the one consistent communications service that never fails is Amateur Radio.

    This Saturday and Sunday, June 23-24, the public will have a chance to meet and talk with Santa Barbara’s ham radio operators and see for themselves what the Amateur Radio Service is about, as hams across the nation will be holding public demonstrations of emergency communications abilities as part of the 2012 Field Day.
    “Field Day is a way for hams to get outdoors and have fun under difficult conditions,” said Tom Saunders, the Field Day committee chair for the Santa Barbara Amateur Radio Club (SBARC). “We welcome visitors, especially kids, to explore our fully-equipped mobile station’s capabilities and communicate long distances with voice, digital data and video, all without using the Internet!”

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