Glendale Radio Operators go Green to Prepare for Disaster

Larry and Ray listen closely to their to single sideband radio

by George Eckart

(WB9KXD) What yearly national event prompts thousands of radio operators across the country to abandon the friendly confines of their homes and set up the most sophisticated communication equipment in parks, back yards, emergency operation centers and campers across the land and then to be up to be up all night trying to make contact with likeminded souls? It’s Field Day!

The Crescenta Valley Radio Club will be participating in national Field Day activities in Verdugo Park (across from Glendale City College) June 25-26. On Field Day, amateur radio operators across the county take their equipment and expertise “to the field” to make as many contacts as possible over a 24-hour period. The effort takes the form of a contest with radio operators trying to log as many contacts as possible within the allotted time. The deeper interest is in disaster preparedness as radio operators hone their skills in operating under less than ideal circumstances.

This year, the Crescenta Valley Radio Club will be setting up antennas and operating two 100-watt transmitters all powered with solar energy alone. Operators will be on duty beginning at 11 a.m. Saturday morning and continuing for 24 hours

The public is invited to visit, ask questions and see how this wonderful pastime can play a crucial role in providing communication to the outside world when disaster strikes. You may even want to learn how to earn your own federally granted amateur radio license.

For over a half a century, the Crescenta Valley Amateur Radio Club has been providing communication services to the community. The club has a membership of 57 amateur operators. Some club members also serve with G.E.A.R.S. (Glendale Emergency Auxiliary Radio) which helps facilitate communication for community events. Members in both organizations have provided communications for an emergency at Glendale Memorial Hospital, with Glendale’s Cruse Night, the Montrose Christmas Parade as well as with various localthemed running events. The Crescenta Valley Radio Club meets every second Thursday of the month at Verdugo Hills Hospital at 7 p.m. The meetings are open to the public and you are invited to attend.

For more information, please contact Michael L. Lichtman (KF6KXD), club president, through the club Web site,

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