RAC Bulletin 2011-015E – Manitoba Declares “Amateur Radio Week” as local “Hams” prepare for a Public Demo of Emergency Communications
Winnipeg, MB June 21st 2011 – The Province of Manitoba has
declared June 20-24th as “Amateur Radio Week” in response to
the support local Amateur Radio Operators have supplied in the
last year. The Proclamation, which is posted at the website of
the Winnipeg Amateur Radio Club (http://www.mts.net/~warc/),
was signed by the Minister responsible for the Emergency
Measures Organization (EMO), Steve Ashton.
This weekend, the public will have a chance to meet and talk
with Winnipeg’s ham radio operators and see for themselves what
the Amateur Radio Service is about. Showing the newest digital
and satellite capabilities, voice communications and even
historical Morse code, hams from across the North America will
be holding public demonstrations of emergency communications abilities. Several dignitaries including the Director of EMO
and the Deputy Mayor will also be visiting.
There are over 65,000 Amateur Radio licensees in Canada, and
more than 2.5 million around the world. Through the Radio
Amateurs of Canada (RAC) Amateur Radio Emergency Services
program, ham volunteers provide emergency communications for thousands of provincial and local emergency response agencies,
all for free.
Credit is to go to the Public Information Officer for the
Winnipeg Amateur Radio Club Mr. Jim Sutton, ve4sig. The
Winnipeg Amateur Radio Club is a RAC Affiliated Club. A
lengthier press release went out to all media in Manitoba.
Geoff Bawden, VE4BAW
President – Radio Amateurs of Canada
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