Over the weekend Palomar Amateur Radio Club members created a demonstration emergency communications center of five amateur radio stations in Valley Center.
Operations ran from Saturday morning to Sunday morning, for 24 continuous hours at the Valley Center Municipal Water District property on Lilac Road.
The National Field Day drill and emergency exercise is designed to demonstrate the ability of amateur radio operators, in time of an emergency, to come to a location that has no communication capability and create that capability by bringing in and setting up the necessary equipment.
The local operators then pass messages on the needs of the area to other operators, who relay the messages to area emergency managers. The earthquake inNepal is one of the most recent examples of amateur radio providing the first communication on news and needs from areas affected by disasters.
During this drill period, members attempt to contact as many different stations on different bands as possible. In events, the passing of traffic correctly and expediently is a prime concern. This allows training of new members, and the public, of the capabilities amateur radio can provide.
Palomar Amateur Radio Club hosted Valley Center CERT, PAPA, and other amateur radio groups. Palomar Amateur Radio Club is a member of the Amateur Radio Relay League, who sponsors this annual drill.
For more information, Contact Greg Gibbs, KI6RXX, Field Day Chair, Palomar Amateur Radio Club, at 760-583-9668.