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Local Ham Operators "Take It To The Park"

Keith Baker

By Keith Baker

Number: 12-01


Date: June 19, 2012


Sarnia, Ontario (LCRC News Service) -- Over the past year, the news has been full of reports of Amateur ("Ham") Radio Operators providing critical emergency communications for local, provincial and national officials in times of disaster. On the weekend of June 23rd and 24th, 2012, Lambton County residents will now have a chance to meet and talk with local Ham Radio Operators and see for themselves what this unique radio service is all about.

An all-volunteer team of Hams from the Lambton County Radio Club will be holding a free public demonstration of their emergency communications capabilities at Gorman Park in Oil City, Ontario from 12:00 P.M. to 4:00 PM on both Saturday and Sunday, June 23rd and 24th.

The USA-based American Radio Relay League sponsors this annual on-air event, called "Field Day". Last year, the event attracted well over 30,000 Amateur Radio Operators from all over North America who were using thousands of temporary Amateur Radio stations to communicate. During this year's Field Day, Radio Hams throughout North America will once again be constructing emergency communications stations in parks, shopping malls (and even a few back yards!) using only gasoline generators, batteries, as well as solar and/or wind power in an effort to test their communications skills under simulated emergency conditions. They will then attempt to make as many contacts with each other's temporary stations as possible during the course of the 24-hour event. The Lambton County team will be setting up a similar emergency communications station using generator power and temporary antennas during this year's Field Day activity at Gorman Park.

The Ham Radio slogan "When All Else Fails" is more than just mere words to most Ham Operators. Over and over again, they have proven that they are well able to get messages through without the use of land-based or cellular telephone networks, the Internet, or most other "normal" communication systems that can very easily become totally unusable during local or area-wide emergencies.

Currently, there are over 60,000 licensed Amateur Radio Operators in Canada, and more than 2.5 Million worldwide.

Through their work with such organizations as the Radio Amateurs of Canada (www.rac.ca), and the Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES), Hams in Lambton County have now become an official part of the emergency communications plans for the Province of Ontario, Lambton County and the City of Sarnia as well as for the local chapter of the Canadian Red Cross. They also donate their time, talent and unique communications skills as trained storm spotters for Environment Canada during local severe weather outbreaks.


Don Farrar, VA3ZV
2011 LCRC Field Day Coordinator
4148 Glenview Road
Petrolia, ON, N0N 1R0
Rick Rule, VE3RYK
LCRC President
473 Colborne Drive, Box 605
Corunna, ON, N0N 1G0

More information about the Lambton County Radio Club (and the upcoming "Field Day" event including maps and directions) is also available via the Club's Website at:


Click on the "2012 Field Day" or "Activities" links off the main page.

The Lambton County Radio Club (LCRC) Inc. was formed in 1982 and was incorporated in 1985 as a Canadian, not-for-profit corporation. Its purpose is to promote and foster Amateur (Ham) Radio, electronic experimenting, short wave listening and computer science, as well as to foster the exchange of information and camaraderie. Besides providing communications support to local, provincial and federal authorities during civil emergencies, the club also offers a meeting place where radio amateurs and others can share their ideas. The organization also conducts periodic classes in the theory and practice of radio fo

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