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/R E P E A T – Ham Radio All Talk in Times of Crisis/

June 18, 2012

TORONTO, June 14, 2012 /CNW/ – Despite the prevalence of the Internet,
Amateur Radio has never failed as a lifeline during times of crisis. To
demonstrate this capability, the Central Toronto Amateur Radio Club
(aka CenTor) is conducting an Amateur Radio emergency preparedness
exercise on June 23 – 24, 2012, which will be open to the public.

Often called “ham radio”, Amateur Radio is a non-commercial radio
service, which allows licensed operators to use various types of radio
communications equipment to communicate with one another, both locally
and around the globe, for both public service and recreational
purposes.  Amateur Radio operators, often referred to as “hams”, are
federally licensed by Industry Canada and are allowed to use specially
allocated radio frequencies to carry out their operations. Hams come
from all walks of life and are located all over the world.

“Amateur Radio plays a very important role in the communications
capabilities of our modern society”, said Peter Dale, President,
CenTor, and licensed Amateur Radio operator with the call sign of
VE3EYI. “Not only does it facilitate communications during times of
emergency or natural disaster, it is also a lot of fun and a great way
to learn about electronics and wireless communications, especially for
young people”, Dale added.

The emergency preparedness exercise being put on by CenTor will be part
of an annual event called “Field Day”. During this event, hams all over
North America will be setting-up emergency stations in public places
and communicating with one another over a 24-hour period for points as
part of a large North American emergency preparedness contest.

Anyone interested in learning about Amateur Radio and its capabilities
is encouraged to attend.

EVENT DETAILS

When
Start: June 23, 2012 @ 8:00am
End: June 24, 2012 @ 2:00pm

Where
Revera Leaside Retirement Living
10 William Morgan Drive, Toronto, ON

The station will be set up on the lawn behind the building and is
accessible from the West parking lot. A visitor reception desk will be
set-up at the station to receive guests.

Who
Members of the public are encouraged to attend this event to see what
Amateur Radio is all about.

For more information about CenTor, please refer to the following website
at http://www.va3cta.net

SOURCE Central Toronto Amateur Radio Club

Image with caption: “Amateur Radio operators John Evelyn, VA3JE (left) and Ian Shaw, VE3IJS (right) during Field Day, June 2010. Photo courtesy of Ward Kennedy, VE3WGK (CNW Group/Central Toronto Amateur Radio Club)”. Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20120618_C8743_PHOTO_EN_15144.jpg


Source: PR Newswire