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Public demonstration of emergency communications scheduled

June 17, 2014 at 1:17 a.m.


The Victoria Amateur Radio Club - W5DSC, the Coleto Creek Amateur Radio Club - W5DWT, and the Golden Crescent Amateur Radio Service - K5VCT will demonstrate amateur radio from noon June 28 through noon June 29 at Son Valley Ranch, 8793 U.S. Highway 87 North.

The public is invited to see ham radio's new capabilities and learn how to get their own Federal Communications Commission radio license before the next disaster strikes.

Amateur radio is growing in the United States. There are more than 700,000 amateur radio licensees in the U.S. and more than 2.5 million around the world. Through the American Radio Relay League's Amateur Radio Emergency Services program, ham volunteers provide both emergency communications for thousands of state and local emergency response agencies and nonemergency community services, too - all for free.

To learn more about amateur radio, go to emergency-radio.org. The public is invited to come, meet and talk with the operators. See what modern amateur radio can do. They'll be glad to help you get on the air, too.

Volunteer examiners from the Victoria Amateur Radio Club will administer Amateur Radio License Exams at 3 p.m. June 28 at the Victoria Field Day site. If you would like to sit for an amateur radio license exam, you must contact Harvey Babb (WB5MCT) at harveyb@tisd.net or 361-676-0356 to arrange your testing.

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