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Learn about ham radio
by Tribune Staff
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RENO — The Sierra Nevada Amateur Radio Society (SNARS) invites the community to learn about Amateur Radio on Field Day 2011, June 25-26 at Sky Tavern on Mount Rose Highway. The public is invited from 10 a.m. June 25 to 10 a.m. June 26 to meet and talk with Reno’s ham radio community, check out their radio equipment and see what amateur radio is all about. A special “get-on-the-air” station will be set up so attendees can try ham radio. Kids are especially welcome.

Field Day is a picnic, campout and practice for emergencies, all rolled into one. Reno’s amateur radio operators, or “hams,” will join other hams across the county in setting up radio stations in unusual locations, using only emergency power, and will make radio contact with as many of those other hams as they can. It’s a fun way for hams to practice the emergency communication skills that are crucial during a crisis or disaster. Ham radio operators can quickly set up communication systems that will save lives when other systems fail or are overloaded.

Besides helping out in their own communities, hams are often sent to disaster areas to help coordinate communications —most recently in Joplin, Mo., after a tornado devastated the community.

The Sierra Nevada Amateur Radio Society will be operating from the parking lot at Sky Tavern, 21130 Mount Rose Highway, 10 miles up SR-431 from U.S. Highway 395 for 24 hours. The public is welcome to come and learn about — and operate — ham radio. For more information call Jim Deahl at 741-6937, or email ke7hlq@big-deahl.com.

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