June 20-26, 2011 is Amateur Radio Week in Washington State. Amateur radio operators volunteer and contribute their time, skills, equipment, and energy to help those in need and deserve recognition and gratitude for the many services they provide.
Fun, public service, and convenience are the distinguishing characteristic of amateur radio, also known as “ham” radio. Although hams get involved for many reasons, they all have in common a basic knowledge of radio technology and operating principles, and pass an examination for the FCC license to operate on radio frequencies known as the “Amateur Bands.” For more information about amateur radio and licensing, visit http://www.qsl.net/w7rdr/ham.htm.
Nearly 60 hams volunteer for Pacific County Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Services (RACES) to provide emergency communications for the Pacific County Emergency Management Agency during disasters. RACES volunteers also serve as spotters during monthly AHAB siren tests, support NOAA weather radio promotions, and work on communications equipment. For more information about becoming a Pacific County RACES volunteer contact Bob Cline, Emergency Services Volunteer at 360-665-4496 or visit http://www.wwa-district3-ares.org/pacific_county/.