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.
Start: June 23, 2012 @ 8:00am
End: June 24, 2012 @ 2:00pm
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.
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
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_C9416_PHOTO_EN_15176.jpg
For further information:
Don Trynor, VA3XFT
Public Relations Coordinator
Central Toronto Amateur Radio Club
Email: [email protected]