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Orange County Radio Hams Demonstrate Emergency Preparedness in Nation-Wide Drill at Walter Knott Education Center in Buena Park

Buena Park, CA, June 22, 2012 --( On June 13, Mother Nature gave us a stark reminder of her power with a 4.0 earthquake in the hills above Yorba Linda. Thankfully, there was no damage, but what if we had a quake 100 times larger or more? What if cellular towers were knocked out? Radio amateurs in Orange County are here to answer that “what if”.

On Saturday, June 23, 2012, the Orange County Amateur Radio Amateur Club (OCARC) will be participating in a nationwide amateur radio emergency training exercise called “Field Day.”

OCARC is a group of amateur radio operators with diverse interests, and has been in existence since 1933. Many of its members volunteer in providing communications with city or county emergency groups. Recently, several members supported the Orange Police Dept in the Baker to Vegas run.

During Field Day, over 35,000 amateur (ham) radio operators from the US and Canada will practice their emergency communications skills over a 24 hour period with the goal of demonstrating portable power sources and completely independent communications. The public and the news media are invited to observe and even participate on the air in this radio exercise. This group will be on the field behind the Walter Knott Education Center at 7300 La Palma, Buena Park, on Saturday, June 23 from 11 AM to Sunday, June 24 at 11 AM. They will also be setting up tents and antennas from 2PM until sundown on Friday June 22. Link with directions:

For more information, contact Tim Goeppinger, OCARC Publicity Chair at 714-730-0395 or e-mail at You can also visit us at

About Amateur Radio
Ham radio is an interesting public service as well as an educational technical hobby. Whether it’s contacting someone across the street or across the globe, or even outer space, ham radio operators are ready to supply reliable communications when normal lines fail. Ham operators range from ordinary citizens to astronauts and athletes to film stars and musicians. There are now 700,000 licensed hams in the United States.

More ham radio information is available via the American Radio Relay League (ARRL)
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Orange County Amateur Radio Club
Tim Goeppinger

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