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