Lenoir Amateur Radio Club Field Day

Radio Club members inside emergency shelter

Radio Club members inside emergency shelter

The 2015 annual Lenoir Amateur Radio Club (LARC) Field Day was held this weekend, June 27-28, from 2 pm Saturday to 2 pm Sunday.

Field Day is a national, 24 hour event with radio clubs in every state and Canada participating. Local clubs earn points for making digital or voice contacts with each state or province as well as other accomplishments. For example, the Lenoir Club received extra points for having a solar-powered radio in use and being visited by local dignitaries.

The radio club members use their Field Day experience to better prepare for the important communication role they may have to play in a real disaster.

Set-up started around 7:00 am Saturday morning with LARC members and members of the Caldwell County CERT team working together to get the new, climate-controlled emergency shelter deployed and LARC’s new trailer equipped. This year was a roll-out for both shelter and trailer which housed radios and operators throughout the day and night. Kenneth Teague of Emergency Services also provided a generator and light tower for use at night.

During Field Day, the public is invited to observe and speak to the Ham radio operators about their hobby and equipment. The event was held at Redwood Park in Hudson.

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CERT Speakers Bureau

Kenneth Teague shows items good for emergencies

CERT speakers are available for meetings of local civic, church, and neighborhood groups, schools, employee meetings, and conferences. We can do presentations of 15 minutes to an hour.

To book a speaker for your meeting, contact us at CaldwellCountyCERT@gmail.com. Include your organization’s name, contact person, and phone number.

Presentation Topics

  • Role of CERT in disaster preparedness and response—Is your group ready to have a CERT team?
  • What could happen in an extreme emergency or disaster—impact on transportation, electricity, telephones, food, water, shelter, fuel, emergency services
  • When disaster strikes—How can you prepare in advance to improve the quality of your survival and reduce the damage from hazards?
    • Family emergency plans
    • Maintaining hygiene and sanitation
    • Water storage and treatment
    • Food storage and preparation
    • Communication/radios
    • Power and light
    • Emergency kits—evacuation, stay in place, vehicle get-home kits, first aid, children, elderly, pets
  • Potential hazards—what they are, their impact, and how to prepare for them
    • Fire—home and wildfires
    • Floods
    • Earthquakes
    • Extreme heat
    • Hurricanes
    • Severe thunderstorms and tornadoes
    • Winter storms
    • Pandemic Influenza

National Weather Service’s Weather Spotter Class in Lenoir

Lightning

National Weather Service Class

WEATHER SPOTTER CLASS – Basic Certificate class

Where: Caldwell County Health and Human Services Building, 2345 Morganton Blvd. SW, Lenoir, NC 28645

When: July 16 2015

Who: Anyone is welcome to attend.

Two different Class times–same class repeated.

Time: 1St class 03:00 PM

2nd class 06:00 PM

Cost: FREE!

Pre-register – Contact Kenneth Teague 757-1419 before July 01, 2015

The advanced weather spotter training class will offered later in the fall.

Video–Safety in the Post-Disaster Environment

Here is a good training video for CERT volunteers to review the challenges and dangers of working to assist their neighbors and communities after a disaster has occurred. It covers the importance of protective gear, size-up (think before you leap), and the buddy system. Common post-disaster dangers are reviewed including flooding and contaminated water, downed power lines, falling debris, cuts from broken glass, nails through shoes, back injuries, eye and head injuries, and even getting lost in your own community following a devastating event.

Amateur Radio (HAM) Field Day

Amateur Radio Holds

Public Demo of Emergency Communications – June 27 & 28

Lenoir NC June 20, 2014 – Despite the Internet, cell phones, email and modern communications, every year whole regions find themselves in the dark. Tornadoes, fires, storms, ice and even the occasional cutting of fiber optic cables leave people without the means to communicate. In these cases, the one consistent service that has never failed has been Amateur Radio. In Lenoir, these radio operators, called “hams”, provide emergency communications for the Caldwell County Emergency Operations Center, the American Red Cross, and others. The Lenoir Amateur Radio Club “hams” will join with over 50,000 other Amateur Radio operators showing their emergency capabilities at Field Day 2015 to be held at Redwood Park in Hudson NC. The event begins at 2:00 pm, Saturday June 27 and continues for 24 hours –through the night and wee hours of the morning—until 2:00 pm, Sunday June 28. The public is invited to come see ham radio’s capabilities and disaster readiness as well as have a first look at the Caldwell County emergency shelters.

Over the past year, the news  has been full  of reports of ham radio operators providing critical communications during unexpected emergencies in towns across America, including the tornados in the mid-West and South, California wildfires, winter storms, and other events worldwide. When trouble is brewing, amateur radio operators are often the first to provide rescuers with critical information and communications. 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, electrical power, or any other infrastructure that can be compromised in a crisis.

“The fastest way to turn a crisis into a total disaster is to lose communications,” said Tanner Greer, President of the Lenoir Amateur Radio Club. “Our local hams work closely with Caldwell County Emergency Management to be ready to provide the most reliable communication networks in the first critical hours of an event. 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. All our support is free to the served agencies.”

In addition to emergency situations, the Lenoir Amateur Radio Club provides communications support for many local public events such as bike races, festivals, and run/walks.

Amateur Radio is growing in the US. There are now over 700,000 Amateur Radio licensees in the US, and more than 2.5 million around the world.  “It’s not just an old man’s hobby!” Entire families are getting their amateur radio licenses so that they will be able to communicate should an emergency event impact their community. Amateur radio skills transfer into employment in the electronics and communications workforce. Come out and get on the air with the help of a local ham and learn how to get your FCC radio license.