A closer look at area ham-radio operators

first_imgExt. 2252; or fax to (626) 856-2758.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! During our big fires this autumn, radio operators helped speed evacuations in Malibu and Calabasas. Numbers of FCC-licensed “ham” operators volunteer as emergency communicators when power or telephone lines go down during disasters or emergencies. Many of our local disaster preparedness committees have radio operators involved. The Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department uses their services. The Industry substation has a group and the city of Glendora has trained operators who meet “in case.” (In Glendora, the group is called GEARS, Glendora Emergency Amateur Radio Service, and if you are interested, contact John Schmidt through the Glendora Police Department.) An estimated six million people throughout the world are ham operators. They are not involved in commercial or for-profit operations, which is why they are referred to as “amateur radio operators,” rather than because of any lack of skill or training. Ham radio is believed to have begun in the 1920s. Nowadays, radio signals are so powerful that operators get signals from space, including from the planet Jupiter. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsThere are four major ham clubs in the San Gabriel Valley: RACES (Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Services), DCS (Disaster Communication Services), ARES (Amateur Radio Civil Emergency Services), and Auxiliary Communication Services. New members are welcome. The reason to pass a licensing exam is that operating privileges in wider segments of the radio frequency spectrum and higher power levels are allowed. Of course, all sorts of new electronic technology ensures that this hobby is just as modern as any other endeavor based on up-to-date discoveries and equipment. If you have radio-operator training, even if you need a refresher course, or are interested in finding out more, there is a one-day study session to help people earn a ham-radio license. The session will be held beginning at 9 a.m. Dec. 15 in West Covina. If you are interested in registering for the five-hour class, or are already licensed and would like to hook up with a local group, contact Nancy Aguilar at [email protected] or www.SCATS.org. Send information about your organization to [email protected], (626) 962-8811, last_img read more