Saturday October 20, 2012 the Pottawattamie County Amateur Radio Club (PCARC) and the South Eastern Oklahoma Amateur Radio Emergency Services (SEOKARES) joined together to exercise emergency radio communications.
Friday afternoon a western shelter provided by Oklahoma State Department of Health was deployed and setup and temporary antennas were installed. Total time to get up and on the air was about four hours.
In times of disasters often Amateur radio has been the only communication in and out of the effected zone for hours, days and sometimes weeks. This is why we exercise and work to make things work better and faster. If we can provide that emergency communication for the first responders and emergency officials then we are doing our part.
On Saturday we had five radio stations up and running. The communication ranged from local contacts to, Ecuador, Ontario Canada, and Los Angeles, Germany and many others.
There were also people dropping in from local Boy Scout Troops and Venture Crews to Participate in Jamboree on the Air (JOTA) and to learn about amateur radio.
We wish to thank all who helped make this a successful event, the Pottawattamie County Health Department, Wesley United Methodist church, Citizen Potawatomi Nation, and all the SEOKARES and PCARC members who donated their time and talents.
Persons interested in joining the Pottawatomie County Amateur Radio Club (PCARC) or the South Eastern Oklahoma Amateur Radio Emergency Services (SEOKARES), meetings are on the 2nd Tuesday of every month at the Shawnee/Pottawatomie County Emergency Operations Center in the basement of Shawnee City Hall at 6 pm (SEOKARES) and 7 pm (PCARC) If interested in becoming an Amateur Radio Operator (HAM) call (405)275-3478. The club also has a Net on the Shawnee Repeater at 147.390 MHz pl-tone 131.8 at 8:30 pm on every Tuesday.