Local amateur radio operators will join the Loveland Emergency Operations Center at the downtown fire station, 401 E. Fifth St., next weekend for a demonstration on volunteer emergency communication teams.
Known as “ham” radio operators, volunteer emergency communicators provide backup for thousands of state and local emergency response agencies across the nation, a press release from the Loveland fire department said.
On Saturday, June 24, an annual event called “Field Day” will take place in which ham radio operators nationwide set up temporary radio stations in public to show their abilities to work reliably by creating independent communications networks, the release said.
The Amateur Radio Relay League’s slogan is “When all else fails, Amateur Radio works,” and it rings true as ham radio operators can send messages in forms without the use of phone systems, internet or other infrastructure that can be compromised during a crisis.
The event is open to the public from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday. The weekend event will also serve as a training opportunity for local amateur radio communicators for the next time they may be needed during a widespread emergency.
Ham radio operators regularly practice to ensure equipment, antennas and procedures needed to conduct Loveland’s Emergency Operations Center activity during an emergency are ready to go.
Last year, more than 35,000 ham radio operators across the country participated in Field Day, the release said.
More than 725,000 amateur radio operators are licensed in the country, with some as young as 5 and others as old as 100, the release said.