LARC Field Day–June 23-24

Generator and Light Tower

Lenoir Amateur Radio Club members during annual Field Day

Climate-controlled emergency shelter

Caldwell County REACT is proud to have several of our most active CERT-trained volunteers who are also members of the Lenoir Amateur Radio Club (LARC). Their expertise with emergency radio communications including ham radios are useful skills during and following disasters. Stop by at Field Day and learn how easy it is to get started. Here is a note from the LARC president.

Local amateur radio operators are a critical support group for Caldwell County.  In addition to providing communications support for many community activities, such as cycle races and runs, these unpaid volunteers support the emergency communications needs of Caldwell County Emergency Management during disasters and other emergency situations.  The local radio club also provides three large footprint radio repeaters for public use where emergency information is broadcast and citizens are able to communicate with the outside world when other means fail.

Once a year, the Lenoir Amateur Radio Club and area radio operators gather in a public location to demonstrate emergency communications capabilities and disaster readiness.  This year’s event will be held at Redwood Park, 470 Redwood St, Hudson, for a 24-hour period beginning at 2 PM, Saturday, June 23 until 2 PM, Sunday, June 24.  During this 24-hour period, over 40,000 radio operators in the US and Canada will be operating entirely on emergency power using all modes of communication—Morse code, VHF, UHF, HF and digital.

I cordially invite you to come by Redwood Park in Hudson to see for yourself the dedication of the unique group of local citizens.  Additionally, you can sit down at one of the radio stations and “get on the air” and make a few contacts with others in the state, nationally or worldwide.  I hope you will plan to join us.

John Crowe AG4ZL, President

Lenoir Amateur Radio Club

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