La Honda radio club contacted more than 200 ham radio operators around the US and Canada the last weekend of June, setting up two radio stations, five antennas, food operations and shelter. They were ready to get on the air in less than a day.
First of all, a huge thank you to Charlie Catania for the use of La Honda Gardens again this year. His support of community activities and emergency preparedness goes above and beyond. It’s quite likely that in the event of a large scale emergency, central La Honda will be a gathering place for the community. It’s a real advantage to practice setting up communications, food and shelter when conditions are beautiful. We stand a much greater chance of duplicating that effort during a storm or at night, which is often when emergencies occur. Thank you Charlie!
You may have seen our mobile tower in the field by the Fire Station, but have you seen the newly outfitted Resource Trailer? This trailer, a donation from one of our members, has been designed to carry resources to any event or incident, as well as provide an operating station that's sheltered and self-contained. It will carry its own power and lights, radios and antennas, and provide a sleeping area for extended operations.
Another big thank you to our club members, who remain devoted to training and education in emergency communications. The La Honda amateur radio club (SC4ARC) provides an excellent way to get involved in community emergency preparedness. Many recent large scale emergencies including the South Bay and around the country have relied on ham radio operators for hours and sometimes days for communication until other infrastructure could be brought back online. Ham radio operators are trained to know available means of communication, and how to maintain their equipment and go-kits so they are ready to go in minutes.
Radio operator AF6IE in the Resource Trailer
For more information about joining the group or getting your ham radio license, visit sc4arc.org
Every year in June the La Honda Fair showcases lot’s of local music, art and food. It is a great time sharing the weekend with neighbors and friends all for the good cause of supporting the La Honda school’s art and music program. This year the Fair is June 18th and 19th. The festivities start Saturday morning with a parade featuring the area kids. Music starts in La Honda gardens at 11:30. On Sunday there will be a pancake breakfast put on by the school. Music during the breakfast will be provided by local favorites Cryin’ Shame. This years posters and shirts are exceptional and will easily sell out so get ‘em early. The whole weekend is a wonderful example of community and is always a relaxing fun time. I encourage everyone to get in the festival frame of mind and come to the gardens for the whole two day event. Bring your blanket, chairs, coolers etc. See ya there!
Sat June 18th Sunday June19th
11:30-12:30 Delta Vee Lithoose 12:45- 1:45 Blue Pel and the Pelicans 2:00 - 3:00 Jack and the Hitchhikers Nervous Pinatas 3:15 - 4:15 This Way Up Pathetic Honey 4:30 - 5:30 DB Walker Honey Flow 5:45 - 6:45 Grampa’s Chili Gary Gates