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International Emergency Communications Field Day – Sunday June 26, 2022

Sunday June 26, 2022, in Maple Park (Electoral Area D) from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. 

Campbell River, BC – The Strathcona Regional District (SRD) wishes to inform residents that members of the Strathcona Emergency Communications Team, as well as the Campbell River Amateur Radio Society will be participating in the International Emergency Communications Field Day on Sunday June 26, 2022, in Maple Park (Electoral Area D) from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm.

International Emergency Communications Field Day organized by the Amateur Radio Society is the most popular on-the-air event held annually in the US and Canada. On the fourth weekend of June, more than 35,000 radio amateurs gather with their clubs, groups or simply with friends to operate from remote locations.

By participating and exercising during Field Day, these valuable Amateur (Ham) Radio Operators will enhance their capacity to report on status and needs in their area that might otherwise not be reported due to normal communications methods being damaged.

“Amateur (Ham) Radio Operators are among the unsung heroes when hurricanes, earthquakes, fires, and floods occur. In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, many cell sites were flooded or lost prime power, and landlines, where available, often were overloaded. Even the 9-1-1 system was unable to handle the unusual number of urgent calls. Operators were involved in many rescues, providing the only communications link to the rescuers” said SRD Protective Services Coordinator Shaun Koopman. “We encourage the public to visit us at Maple Park on Sunday June 26th to learn more about Amateur Radio and feel free to ask any questions about our activities.”

The SRD extends our gratitude and appreciation for not only the local volunteers participating in this valuable exercise, but all Ham Radio Operators worldwide that devote their time and energy to emergency communications.

To learn more about Field Day visit www.arrl.org/field-day

If you are interested in learning more about becoming an Emergency Communication Team volunteer, please contact preparedness@srd.ca or call 250-830-6702.

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Media Contact:  Shaun Koopman, SRD Protective Services Coordinator –   250-830-6702   |   skoopman@srd.ca