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Amateur radio demonstrations to be held

Friday, June 24, 2011

Ham radio operators will demonstrate their ability to communicate during a crisis in an exhibition this weekend.
(Submitted photo)
Bedford County's "hams" will join with thousands of amateur radio operators who will be showing off their emergency capabilities this weekend.

Over the past year, the news has been full of reports of ham radio operators providing critical communications during unexpected emergencies in towns across America including the California wildfires, winter storms, tornadoes and other events worldwide.

During Hurricane Katrina, amateur radio -- often called "ham" radio -- was often the only way people could communicate, and hundreds of volunteer "hams" traveled south to save lives and property.

The public can meet and talk with Shelbyville-area ham radio operators this weekend as the Bedford County Amateur Radio Society joins other "hams" across the country for the annual Field Day.

Demonstrations will be held beginning at noon Saturday and Sunday at the pavilion at the Tennessee National Walking Horse Celebration grounds.

Using only emergency power supplies, local "hams" will construct an emergency station and communicate by radio with others across the nation

Amateur radio's capabilities will be shown, along with information on how individuals may obtain licenses.

For more information, see http://www.bcars.info or call Joe Thatcher, (931). 691-9230