FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 26, 2009
City hosts national amateur radio operator conference
Kansas City, Mo., amateur radio operators, often called “HAMS,” will join with thousands of other HAMS from across the nation this weekend in Kansas City to show off the emergency capabilities of amateur radios.
The Heart of America Radio Club will stage an amateur radio demonstration at the City of Kansas City, Mo., Emergency Operations Center, 635 Woodland, Suite 2107, Kansas City, MO 64106 on June 27 from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and June 28 from 9 a.m. to noon. This annual event, known as "Field Day," is the climax of the week-long Amateur Radio Week, sponsored by the American Radio Relay League, the national association for Amateur Radio. Field day events also include a demonstration of amateur radio’s new capabilities and information on how to get a Federal Communications Commission radio license.
“The HAMS are an integral part of our critical communications systems,” said Steve Bean, acting emergency manager for the Emergency Management Center. “We are appreciative of their partnership and can always rely on their support and assistance. We are pleased to host their field day activities at the Emergency Operations Center this year”.
During Hurricane Katrina, amateur radio was often the only way people could communicate, and hundreds of volunteer “hams” traveled south to save lives and property. Amateur radio operators are usually among the first to provide rescuers with critical information and communications.
There are more than 650,000 Amateur Radio licensees in the United States, and more than 2.5 million around the world. Through the American Radio Relay League’s Amateur Radio Emergency Services program, ham volunteers provide emergency communications for thousands of state and local emergency response agencies, all for free.
To learn more about Amateur Radio, go to http://www.helloradio.org. The public is most cordially invited to come, meet and talk with the hams.
For more information, contact Jennifer Fales, Emergency Management Office at (816) 784-9304.