Get on the air at the fair with KARC

The public will have an opportunity to view up close the many capabilities of the Kaua‘i Amateur Radio Club during the Kaua‘i County Farm Bureau Fair, which opens Thursday.

Dick Olsen of KARC said the organization provides countless hours of community services for not only emergency response organizations, but the public by providing free radio communications for local parades, bike-a-thons, walk-a-thons, races and numerous other charitable public events.

This aspect of the club was recognized by Kaua‘i Mayor Bernard Carvalho Jr. who provided a proclamation on the decades of service offered by KARC.

The proclamation was presented during the KARC Field Day at the Nawiliwili Yacht Club where members used only emergency power to attempt to make as many Mainland and international contacts over a 24-hour period as possible.

Olsen said KARC was able to make more than 300 contacts throughout the Mainland and added a number of contacts from foreign countries.

The proclamation recognizes the relevance of amateur radio in today’s world when KARC was able to provide emergency communications when other systems failed in the wake of devastation wrought by Hurricane Iniki, and more recently, following the 40 days of rain and Ka Loko dam’s failure.

During its appearance at the Kaua‘i County Farm Bureau Fair, KARC will be located in the Kaua‘i Fire Department tent and will have information on amateur radio, the achievements made by the club and information on the Amateur Radio study and examination sessions scheduled for Oct. 1.

Visit www.arrl.org for information on amateur radio, or www.kauaiarc.org for information on the KARC.

Olsen said the public is invited to visit club members during the fair to speak personally with ham radio operators.

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