County supervisors shine spotlight on Ramona radio hams
The Ramona Sentinel reports amateur radio operators in Ramona are being recognized for their dedication to emergency communications
The newspaper says:
Ham radio operators in Ramona are being recognized for their dedication to emergency communications by the county Board of Supervisors, who proclaimed May as Ramona Outback Amateur Radio Society (ROARS) month.
The honor presented by Supervisor Joel Anderson describes how ROARS was founded in 1989 by the then-president of the Ramona Municipal Water District and then-chief of the Ramona Fire Department. The two were concerned that Ramona could not rely on outside assistance during a regional disaster and depended on radio repeaters and telephone systems, which could potentially fail.
The two agencies decided amateur radio operators were needed for local emergency communications and, in September 1990, ROARS was incorporated.
ROARS still maintains emergency communications skills with local, self-contained solar-powered fixed and mobile radio systems and has training and regular practice, the proclamation states.
“ROARS has expanded beyond these capabilities to provide Ramona with additional community benefits and education in the world of technology and radio communications,” the document states.
ROARS President Steve Stipp KK6AHB said the club members were more than a little touched by the month long dedication to their group.
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