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Public Demo of Emergency Communications June 27 & 28, 2015

radio_tower“Who ya’ gonna call? YOUR RAYTOWN Radio Hams!”

Public Demo of Emergency Communications June 27 & 28, 2015

Despite the Internet, cell phones, email and modern communications, every year whole regions find themselves in the dark. Tornadoes, fires, storms, ice and even the occasional cutting of fiber optic cables leave people without the means to communicate. In these cases, the one consistent service that has never failed has been Amateur Radio. These radio operators, often called “hams” provide backup communications for everything from the American Red Cross to FEMA and even for the International Space Station. Your Town’s “hams” will join with thousands of other Amateur Radio operators showing their emergency capabilities this weekend.

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 27-28, the public will have a chance to meet and talk with Raytown 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.”

The Raytown Amateur Radio Club will be demonstrating Amateur Radio at 10000 E 59th Street Raytown,Mo (behind Raytown City Hall) on June 27 & 28. 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. Tln·ough 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!

Raytown Garden Club annual plant sale

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Raytown Garden club is hosting its annual plant sale on April 26, 8am-12pm at the Cave Spring Park at the intersection of Gregory and Blue Ridge Blvd.  For more information inquirers can join us on Facebook.

Raytown Amatuer Radio Club (K0GQ) rings Salvation Army Bells

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Members of the Raytown Amatuer Radio Club (K0GQ) this past Sat (Dec 07) braved the cold and rang the Salvation Army Bells at Raytown HyVee.  Several members was joined by their children and grandchildren.

The club would like to thanks the people who stopped and made donations to the Salvation Army Kettles.

 Paul Watts
KC0DDZ
Vice Pres of RARC
816-785-2933 cell

Candlelight Quilters of Raytown

Candlelight Quilters of Raytown meets on the third Thursday of every month from 7-9 pm.   We meet at the Show-Me Quilting shop, 6221 Blue Ridge Boulevard, Raytown Plaza Shopping Center. 

Members participate in individual & joint quilt projects, UFO challenges, fabric swaps, quilt block exchanges, charity projects, fun and fellowship.

Candlelight Quilters of Raytown is open to quilters of all skill levels.  Call 816-353-9366 for more information, and to register.