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Amateur radio operators connect around the world

June 19 2013

Field day to test skills, emergency response

VECTOR Field Day bus

Amateur radio operators play a vital role in emergencies and natural disasters, establishing communication links that allow police, fire and other emergency management teams to respond.

Local operators will practice their emergency response capabilities this weekend when they connect with an estimated 35,000 regional, national and international radio operators during Field Day, the annual international Amateur (Ham) Radio emergency preparedness exercise.

Hosted by the Vancouver Emergency Community Telecommunications Organization (VECTOR), the primary backup emergency communications provider for the City of Vancouver, participants from across North America will be attempting to make contact with as many operators as possible in a 24 hour period, starting Saturday, June 22 at 11 a.m.
This annual event affords VECTOR, a community service and amateur radio organization, the opportunity to practice their skills in establishing a temporary communications facility in order to better serve the needs of emergency management in the City of Vancouver.

Families, kids and the curious are invited to the event at Queen Elizabeth Park (in the off leash dog park, between Cambie and Ontario, on West 37th).  For more information you can check out the VECTOR website.