Amateur ham radio operators today will be broadcasting from a Corona park, where they will remain for 24 hours, sending messages via their personalized sets as part of an international event highlighting how nontraditional sources can be vital during emergencies.
The Corona Police Department’s Communications Specialists Volunteer “Hams” will be among 30,000 amateur radio enthusiasts across the U.S. and Canada joining in the American Radio Relay League’s annual “Field Day.”
During the event, ham radio operators will construct temporary broadcasting stations in parks, schools and backyards, using only emergency
power supplies to communicate with one another.
The Corona group will be broadcasting continuously from Jameson Park at 1155 Valencia Road from 11 a.m. today to 11 a.m. Sunday.
Amateur radio operators have aided authorities and transmitted critical information to the public during wildfires, tornadoes, winter storms, hurricanes and other emergencies, according to the Newington, Connecticut-based American Radio Relay League, which claims some 156,000 members.
Ham radios generally broadcast on high-frequency radio channels, with varying ranges, not found on most commercial receivers.