On the Air — Ramona Ham Radio Club hosts Field Day this weekend

By Regina Elling

When local amateur radio enthusiasts gather Saturday morning, June 22, there will be plenty of talk. After all, that’s the point.

The gathering is for Field Day, hosted by ROARS, the Ramona Outback Amateur Radio Society.

Three Ramona Boys Scouts are “hams for a day” at last year’s Field Day. Sentinel photo/Regina Elling

The mission is national. All club members aim to talk to as many people around the world as possible in 24 hours, using various forms of radio equipment.

Amateur radio operators, usually nicknamed “hams,” have long communicated with each other without the benefit of the Internet, cell phone towers, or other infrastructure.

And if the event sounds like fun, the public is more than invited to join along with the experienced radio operators. A “GOTA” station — Get on the Air — will be set up so that those with new licenses, or even adults or children without licenses, can understand what talking over the airwaves is all about.

“We really love it when the public tries out ham radio for themselves,” said Richard Elling, ROARS member. “One of our goals is for the public to learn what we do, why we do it, and how we do it.”

One of the things hams are known for is their ability to provide communications in times of emergency or disaster, when the usual lines of communication are unavailable. During the Ramona wildfires, for example, hams were able to provide backup communications for everything from the American Red Cross to the Salvation Army.

ROARS Field Day will be at Fire Station 82 on Dye Road. The event begins early Saturday morning and ends Sunday afternoon, June 23.

For information, contact Chuck Carlson, KD6RSQ, at 760-789-0108 or visit www.roars.net.

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