The low-cost radios from China are causing problems in some localities. All members are urged not to program the radios for non-authorized frequencies if asked to do so. Although the radios are capable of transmitting over a very wide band and are FCC part 90 certified (allowing use on public service frequencies) the user has to also have authorization. Transmitting on frequencies not authorized to the user can result in FCC fines of $10,000 or more and in extreme cases in jail time.
3Rivers Amateur Radio Club and ARES (Amateur Radio Emergency Services) had a table set up at the Preparedness Fair in Orofino on May 10th. A lot of literature was passed out and many attending the fair showed an interest in amateur radio.
The club decided to have a field day at Riverfront Park in Kamiah. This is a USA/Canada-wide exercise held the fourth weekend in June. The purpose is to contact as many other stations as possible using emergency power and equipment during a 24-hour period. Last year the 3Rivers Amateur Radio Club contacted 369 stations in 45 states, three Canadian provinces, and Puerto Rico. This year’s field day will run from 11 a.m. Saturday, June 28, to 11 a.m., June 29. The general public is invited to attend and operate a radio.
Call David Brainerd at 926-7886 or log onto 3riversarc.webs.com