ROCKLAND — The Pen Bay Amateur Radio Club will hold a morning of meetings and a technical session, Saturday, Dec. 14, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., at the Knox County Emergency Management Agency (EMA), in Rockland.
The Pen Bay Amateur Radio Club, call sign W1PBR, is an Amateur (Ham) radio club. The mission of the Pen Bay ARC is to bond together Radio Amateurs in the Midcoast region in order to enhance their personal growth in Amateur Radio and in order to facilitate the growth of Amateur Radio in general.
The Knox County ARES/RACES-CERT is made up of volunteer Amateur Radio Operators from across Knox County. The team is a joint operation between Knox County EMA and the Penobscot Bay Amateur Radio Club. Team members, like all CERT volunteers, complete the basic CERT training curriculum and can then apply their radio communication skills, equipment and licenses as part of an organized and well equipped communications force to support regional emergency communications needs.
The Technical Session is a hands-on/educational time for both amateur radio operators (hams) and non-hams on a wide range of topics. This month’s technical session is: Community Emergency Communications using Inexpensive, Off-the-Shelf Radios Stay in Touch! Communicate locally and even countrywide during service interruptions.
This presentation will have two parts with the first providing a non-technical introduction to the FRS (Family Radio Service) and GMRS (General Mobile Radio Service) Personal Radio Services and how they can be used in emergencies. The second part will cover in more detail radio characteristics. GMRS station operating procedures and FCC rules.
- 9 a.m. to 9:15 a.m. – Board meeting
- 9:15 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. – ARES/RACES-CERT meeting
- 10:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. – Club meeting
- 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. – Technical Session
All meeting are open to the public.
For more information, visit https://penbayarc.org/.