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August 6, 2010

Annual Field Days for Amateur Radio

Making radio contact - Ed Proto, AF2N, and Rich Reiter, KC2UZS, work the radio during the recent Field Days sponsored nationally by the Amateur Radio Relay Club (AARL). The event on Route 104 in the Town of Scriba provided communications training for the participating hams as well as an opportunity to showcase their abilities to the local community. Both Proto and Reiter are members of the Fulton Amateur Radio Club. Proto is also a member of the Oswego County Emergency Communicators/Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service (RACES). More information on the Fulton club is available by calling President Bob LaMay at 315-343-2212.

Setting up for Field Days - Members of the Fulton Amateur Radio Club and the Oswego County Emergency Communicators set up radios and antennas for the annual Field Days, a 24-hour on-the-air event held throughout the US and Canada. The local hams made about 400 contacts in 30 states on several amateur radio frequency bands after the antennas, radios, and portable generator were installed. The event allowed the public to see what the amateur radio operators can do for the community, including during emergency operations.

Emergency Communications Van - The mobile communications van operated by the Oswego County Emergency Communicators/Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service (RACES) was set up at the recent Field Days. Ham radio operators make as many contacts on the amateur radio frequencies as possible during a 24-hour period. Anyone interested in the Emergency Communicators may contact Radio Officer John Darling through the Oswego County Emergency Management Office, 315-591-9150.

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