Lynchburg Amateur Radio Club
June 11, 2021
Contact: Wayne Rash
Public Information Officer
Lynchburg Amateur Radio Club, Lynchburg, VA
For Immediate Release
Lynchburg Group Returns from Pandemic with Innovations in Emergency Communications
June 11, 2021 – The Lynchburg Amateur Radio Club will be demonstrating a rapid deployment approach to emergency communications that will allow a communications center to be assembled and made operational quickly.
This year the club returns to the Izaak Walton Park in Amherst, VA where it will assemble a complete emergency communications operations center and then operate the center for 24 hours, using emergency power and an improvised location.
Again this year, we are inviting the public to attend the event and sit and operate the radio equipment under the supervision of a licensed amateur radio operator. We are inviting members of the media to use some of the ham radio equipment in a special station designed to allow people to get on the air. Members of the public will also be invited to participate in that event.
In previous events many children and adults were excited as they spoke to someone in another state or country over the radio.
This year, the operation will be open to the public. It will be located in the club house at the Izaak Walton League of Lynchburg, 210 Conservation Lane, Amherst, VA.
Ham radio operators use Field Day as a means to hone their emergency operating technical skills while working from remote temporary locations. These operations use emergency power and quickly constructed infrastructure including a variety of antennas and transmission lines needed to support the transmitters, computers and other equipment
The event starts at 2:00 p.m. Saturday (June 26th) and runs through
4:59 p.m. Sunday (June 27th).
Media tours of the remote transmitter site can be arranged on request. Photography and video will be permitted, and interviews can be arranged on request. Note that media are also invited to observe the setup process on Friday, June 25, 2021. This will include erecting high frequency antennas near the Izaak Walton lake.
The Lynchburg Amateur Radio Club provides emergency services to assist the police, rescue squads and hospitals with emergency communications. Remote sites at area hospitals, the Red Cross (in Lynchburg) and Emergency Operations Centers along with mobile and home operators that create hundreds of contact points in disaster situations. LARC assists in communications for special events in the area such as The Virginia 10 Miler Race, bike races, walks and the annual Christmas Parade.
For further information, contact Wayne Rash