Around the New River Valley
The City of Radford’s Public Works will observe the Christmas and New Year’s Holidays on December 24 and December 25, 2013 and December 31, 2013 and January 1, 2014. Tuesday Dec. 24 solid waste wi [ ... ]
Relay for Life of Montgomery County is hosting a "Winter Festival and Crafts Fair" on February 1st, 2014. It will last from 1pm-4pm, and will be held at the Christiansburg Middle School. Tickets will [ ... ]
New River Community College will offer two real estate courses beginning in January. Principles of Real Estate will take place on Thursday nights from 6 to 10 p.m. January 23 through May 13 at NRCC in [ ... ]
As part of the Route 114 widening project in Christiansburg, a new traffic signal at the entrance to the New River Valley Mall at Route 114’s intersection with Bradley Drive will be activated on Thu [ ... ]
As part of the planning for future routes, Blacksburg Transit (BT) recently developed a short survey to help identify the transportation needs of Town of Blacksburg residents and students. The p [ ... ]
The Blacksburg Community Band, under the direction of Jay Durner, presents And the Mountains Echoed Gloria, a Holiday Pops Concert, on Sunday, December 15 at 3pm in the Blacksburg High School Auditori [ ... ]
New River Community College student Dustin Dishon was among 53 scholarship students honored by the Virginia Community College System at a recent ceremony in Richmond. Dishon was recognized as this y [ ... ]
Winters in Virginia can mean snow or subfreezing temperatures, as well as strong winds or even ice or heavy rain storms. Winter weather can knock out heat, power and communications services to your ho [ ... ]
The 19th Annual Winterfest arts and crafts festival is Friday, December 6 from 5-8pm and Saturday, December 7 from 10am-5pm. Featuring local artists and artisans, music, holiday craft activities for [ ... ]
Christiansburg police and rescue personnel responded to an accident allegedly caused by a driver under the influence of narcotics that sent a U.S. Postal Service employee to the hospital and ended wit [ ... ]
Christiansburg fire, police, and rescue personnel responded to a trailer fire in the 2700 block of Roanoke St. at the Interstate Overnight Park just after 10:00 this morning. The fire was spotte [ ... ]
The Blue Ridge Center for Chinese Medicine is presenting a DIET FOR YOUR PET workshop on December 7, 2013 with Anna Simms, DVM. Dr. Simms specializing in acupuncture and chiropractic care in Floyd and [ ... ]
- Category: Pulaski County
- Published on Wednesday, June 20 2012 05:54
- Written by NRVNews
Over the past year, the news has been full of reports of ham radio operators providing critical communications during unexpected emergencies in towns across America including the California wildfires, winter storms, tornadoes and other events world-wide. When trouble is brewing, Amateur Radio’s people are often the first to provide rescuers with critical information and communications. On the weekend of June 23-24, the public will have a chance to meet and talk with community’s ham radio operators and see for themselves what the Amateur Radio Service is about as hams across the USA will be holding public demonstrations of emergency communications abilities.
This annual event, called "Field Day" is the climax of the week long "Amateur Radio Week" sponsored by the ARRL, the national association for Amateur Radio. Using only emergency power supplies, ham operators will construct emergency stations in parks, shopping malls, schools and backyards around the country. Their slogan, "When All Else Fails, Ham Radio Works” is more than just words to the hams as they prove they can send messages in many forms without the use of phone systems, internet or any other infrastructure that can be compromised in a crisis. More than 35,000 amateur radio operators across the country participated in last year's event.
"The fastest way to turn a crisis into a total disaster is to lose communications,” said Allen Pitts of the ARRL. “From the earthquake and tsunami in Japan to tornadoes in Missouri, ham radio provided the most reliable communication networks in the first critical hours of the events. Because ham radios are not dependent on the Internet, cell towers or other infrastructure, they work when nothing else is available. We need nothing between us but air.”
In the New River Valley area on Saturday, June 23 at 9:00 AM through 6:00 PM, …the New River Valley Amateur Radio Club will be demonstrating Amateur Radio at the Randolph Park - Picnic Shelter area in Dublin, VA. From I-81 South, take the Dublin Exit 98, proceed to the first stoplight, take a left at McDonalds and proceed 1/2 mile to the entrance of Randolph Park. They invite the public to come and see ham radio’s new capabilities and learn how to get their own FCC radio license before the next disaster strikes.
Amateur Radio is growing in the US. There are now over 700,000 Amateur Radio licensees in the US, and more than 2.5 million around the world. Through the ARRL’s Amateur Radio Emergency Services program, ham volunteers provide both emergency communications for thousands of state and local emergency response agencies and non-emergency community services too, all for free.
To learn more about Amateur Radio, go to www.emergency-radio.org. The public is most cordially invited to come, meet and talk with the hams. See what modern Amateur Radio can do. They can even help you get on the air!