Radio hams invite public to learn more at Field Day

By Maecy Enger, Columbian Staff Reporter

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In the worst disasters amateur radio operators, or hams, can provide communications to pass along emergency information.

On Saturday, a Field Day is planned as an opportunity for community members to learn about amateur radio operators and see demonstrations of the kind of equipment that is used in emergencies.

It will be noon to 4 p.m. at the SEH America overflow parking lot, 3900 N.E. 112th Ave.

Lisa Bloomquist, public information officer of the Clark County Amateur Radio Club, says ham radio can bridge the gap if power failures knock out cellphone towers.

“We run off generators the entire time,” Bloomquist said.

At Saturday’s event a full emergency ham radio station will be assembled for the community to view. Individuals can also go on the air and be taught how portable antennas are made, or find out about the modes of radio such as digital or satellite communications.

Locally, volunteers from the Amateur Radio Club help provide communications for community events such as the International Discovery Walk Festival, Hazel Dell Parade of Bands and the Vancouver K-Rod 10K Run/5K Walk.

Maecy Enger: maecy.enger@columbian.com.