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Local Hams practice radio skills

Local CERT members who are also amateur radio operators practice their skills during the annual Field Day.

Many Escondido Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) members are amateur radio operators (also called “hams”) ready to provide emergency communications to support the City of Escondido in the event of an emergency. 

Over the June 23-24 weekend, Escondido CERT members participated and practiced their emergency communications skills at Dixon Lake with the Escondido Amateur Radio Society (EARS) at the annual Field Day event. Field Day is an amateur radio on-the-air event held annually in the U.S. and Canada. During Field Day, Amateur Radio operators practice the skills needed to provide emergency communications during a disaster. 

Emergency antennas, powers systems (both solar and generator) and radios are taken to a remote sites, such as Dixon Lake, and tested to ensure operation and the ability to communicate with others throughout the U.S., Canada and Mexico. They are often able to communicate with amateurs on other continents as well. 

Hams are well known for communications support in real disaster and post-disaster situations and have been called into action again and again to provide communications in crises when it really matters. In the event of a major disaster in Escondido, Escondido CERT hams will be ready to provide emergency communications under almost any conditions.

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