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Amateur Radio Operators Test Emergency Communications in 24-Hour Field Day Event

June 14, 2010

Deborah Needham, Emergency Management Director, 425 430-7000
Preeti Shridhar, Communications Director 425-430-6569

Public Invited to Participate

Renton, WA – Renton’s Emergency Communication Services (RECS), a group of local amateur radio operators, will join thousands of other ham radio operators around the country to test their emergency communication capabilities in a 24-hour field day event. The exercise will begin at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 26, and end Sunday, June 27, at 11:00 a.m.

Renton’s local team will set-up operations at the south end of Liberty Park, 1101 Bronson Way North, Renton  (Bronson Way NE and Houser Way NE). The event is free, open to the public and a great opportunity for people to be on the radio and find out more about amateur radio and emergency communications.   Public visitation hours are Saturday, June 26, 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., and Sunday, June 27, 6:00 11:00 a.m.

This event is part of the annual American Radio Relay League (ARRL) Field Day Test national event. During the test, thousands of ham radio operators use emergency or alternate power sources under simulated emergency conditions.  Ham radio operators have provided critical communications in many recent emergencies, including the local winter storms, California wildfires, Oregon and Michigan storms, tornadoes and other events worldwide.  Renton’s amateur radio operators are the most reliable low-tech source of communication available.  During a local disaster when power outages are common, emergency responders’ radios and communication efforts are the only source of communications available that use only battery power. This makes them an invaluable resource for the city.

The ARRL Field Day event is the climax of the week-long Amateur Radio Week sponsored by the ARRL, the national association for amateur radio.  More than 30,000 amateur radio operators across the country participated in last year's event.

For more information on how you can become an amateur radio operator or join RECS, visit their web site at or contact Renton’s Office of Emergency Management at 425 430-7000.