Kid’s Day an opportunity to learn about amateur radio

The Third Annual Kid’s Day is coming Sunday, Jan. 6, 2013, at the Cravath Park Lakeside Pavilion in Whitewater.

Sponsored by the Whitewater Office of Emergency Management and running from noon till 6 p.m., this free program is a family affair that allows young people to experience hands-on demonstrations of amateur radio systems.

Amateur radio, often known as “Ham Radio,” is both a lifetime hobby and vital radio service used by first responders during emergencies and natural disasters. Did you know that FEMA, the Red Cross, Wisconsin Emergency Management, the National Weather Service, and even the International Space Station all have operational amateur radio stations?

During Hurricane Katrina, amateur radio operators provided emergency communications when there was no power and no cell phones or text message services. You can use amateur radio at home, in your car, your boat or world wide. You can even connect it to your computer and the Internet.

Learn how to have fun with amateur radio and understand the important community service it provides at the Kid’s Day event, Sunday, Jan. 6, from noon until 6 p.m. at the Cravath Park Lakeside Pavilion, 341 South Fremont Street in Whitewater.

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