Gordon County citizens and visitors will be allowed to meet and see how amateur radio is the last resort in the event of a communications blackout, Saturday, June 23, from 2-8 p.m. at the Gordon County Extension Office, located at 1 McDaniel Station Rd.
“Their slogan, “When All Else Fails, Ham Radio Works” is more than just words to the ‘hams’ as they prove they can send messages in many forms without the use of phone systems, Internet or any other infrastructure that can be compromised in a crisis,” according to a press release from Cherokee Capital Amateur Radio Society President, Felton Floyd.
For the past 15 years, the annual event has taken place in Gordon County, to get the public involved and aware of the importance of the Amateur Radio Emergency Service.
“The fastest way to turn a crisis into a total disaster is to lose communications,” said Allen Pitts of the ARRL. “From the earthquake and tsunami in Japan to tornadoes in Missouri, ham radio provided the most reliable communication networks in the first critical hours of the events. Because ham radios are not dependent on the Internet, cell towers or other infrastructure, they work when nothing else is available. We need nothing between us but air,” in a statement from the press release.
Gordon County and Calhoun will play host to the Cherokee Capital Amateur Radio Society at the event, Saturday, June 23. The event will be part of a national event to educate the public about Amateur Radio.
The event is free and open to the public, and anyone interested in learning how to get on the air, should attend to ask questions and learn about Amateur Radio.
For more information, visit www.emergency-radio.org or the club website at www.k4woc.com.