The SNU has several members who hold amateur radio licenses. These licenses are granted and regulated through the FCC. The ARRL (Amateur Radio Relay League) is the national organization for amateur (ham) radio operators.
The term “ham” in regards to amateur radio operators goes back to the beginning of wireless communications. Before regulations were enacted amateurs could cause interference on commercial air waves. The frustrated operators referred to the amateurs as “hams”. The original meaning has disappeared but the term has stuck. Amateur radio is a hobby enjoyed by thousands world wide. WBCCI has an intra-club of amateur radio operators who run a radio net at the International rally and other events and also hold special ham radio rallies.
Some SNU members have been actively involved in amateur radio for years in a variety of ways. Bryan was instrumental in developing the training program for amateur radio in the 1970's while working as an employee of ARRL. Diane worked with local ham operators during the 1988 Special Olympics and also in 1989 during the Loma Prieta Earthquake. In 2007, Don worked his first real incident as a R.A.C.E.S. Operator at the Red Cross for the recent Esperanza Fire in early November. Unfortunately five fireman lost their lives defending homes in the mountains east of Riverside. He also worked a two day state-wide Hospital Exercise (bird flu epidemic)in November.
Check out the photo gallery of the SNU 2009 Field Day Rally at Sweetwater Summit
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