On October 13, 2018, an Amateur Radio Awareness meeting will be held at East Georgia State College’s Swainsboro campus from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. at the gazebo near Ezra Pond. This event will promote amateur radio in the area and will help the community understand what amateur radio is all about.
So what is amateur radio? Also called ham radio, amateur radio operators form a worldwide network of people united by a common interest in wireless communications. With nearly 700,000 licensed amateur radio operators in the United States and nearly three million around the world, this network allows operators to serve their communities in all manner of ways, whether by supporting communications during disasters and post-disaster situations to providing communication services during special events. Amateur radio operators, or “hams,” can use their equipment to interface with public safety efforts and event organizers to facilitate professional communications quickly and efficiently. Hams are trained, organized volunteers willing to meet a community’s communication needs.
What can you do with amateur radio? You can expand your world! Talk around the world without the internet or cell phones, or send your voice, text and pictures to unusual places both near and far. You can create your own network of ham radio friends and send instant text messages without a cell phone, and meet awesome people from all over the United States and around the world, both on-air and in person at ham radio events like this one. You can talk through satellites or with astronauts on board the International Space Station, send coded messages in Morse, hunt for hidden radio signals, investigate the many new combined radio-internet communication techniques, and send a message around the world using less electricity than a nightlight. You can also put your radio to work by serving as a weather spotter, use amateur radio to control models, robots or drones, support recovery efforts in emergencies, and earn badges and patches through Scouting programs.
The list of things you can accomplish with amateur radio is endless, and if you’re interested in getting involved, the Amateur Radio Awareness meeting on October 13 is a great place to start. For more information, contact John Smoyer at firstname.lastname@example.org.