IRVINE, CA (June 13, 2012): On June 23, 2012 the Irvine Disaster Emergency Communication’s (IDEC) group will join thousands of Amateur Radio operators around the world, to show off their capabilities to respond during a major disaster.
These ham radio operators provide critical communications during unexpected emergencies in towns across the United States and world-wide, such as wildfires, winter storms and devastating tornadoes.
During the weekend of June 23rd, the public is invited to meet and talk with IDEC ham radio operators and see for themselves what the Amateur Radio Service is about. Visitors and members of the community will get a chance to have a hands-on experience utilizing ham radios to talk with participants across the United States. IDEC members will be demonstrating the newest digital and satellite capabilities, voice communications and even historical Morse code. IDEC members will also provide helpful information on how to get an FCC radio license.
"Our IDEC members are a critical part of the City’s Emergency Response Plan. I remain grateful for their expertise and commitment to our community,” said Police Chief David L. Maggard Jr.
This annual event, called "Field Day" is the culmination of the week long "Amateur Radio Week" sponsored by the Amateur Radio Relay League, (ARRL) a national association for Amateur Radio. This year’s event will be held at Rattlesnake Reservoir located at 4705 Portola Parkway in Irvine. The area is located between Jeffrey Road and Orchard Hills behind Orange County Fire Station 55.
Ham radio operators across the United States will be holding similar events to demonstrate emergency communications abilities. More than 30,000 amateur radio operators participated in last year's event.
Join us for this fun and informative afternoon, Saturday June 23, 2012 between the hours of 10:30 AM and 5:00 PM.
For more details and a map of the event location please visit our event at Facebook http://on.fb.me/Mfsuvb
To learn more about IDEC and Amateur Radio, go to http://www.n6ipd.org/.
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