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Amateur radio event scheduled

By Tim Henley Published: June 14, 2006
EDMOND - The Edmond Amateur Radio Society will recognize Amateur Radio Week with on-air demonstrations and emergency preparedness exercises.

During "Field Day," radio operators will set up portable stations at Chitwood Park, W First and Story streets, to broadcast using battery power or generators for 24 hours beginning at 1 p.m. June 24.

The event is designed to test the operator's skills and ability to operate during emergency situations such as the loss of electricity, said Sam Sitton, a member of the organization.

Radio operators in Edmond will attempt to contact operators at other locations. More than 30,000 amateur radio operators in the United States and Canada participated in the event last year, said Sitton.

The city has more than 300 licensed amateur radio operators, and they assist the city with its emergency radio communications, Mayor Saundra Naifeh said in a proclamation at the Edmond Public Works Authority meeting Monday.

"We want the community to know that in the event of an emergency, we will be ready to assist in any way we can," Sitton said. "We hope that anyone who is interested in seeing what radio is all about will come out for Field Day."

Beginning July 11, the organization will have a 10-week entry-level radio technician course at the Edmond Downtown Community Center, 28 E Main Street in room 219. Classes will be from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Cost is $40 and includes a textbook and handouts. Seating is limited.

To register, call 341-2968.

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