Wireless Operators of Winsted members Charles Setaro and Harlan Ford during a countrywide simulated emergency test for Amateur Radio Operators on Saturday, Oct. 3.
Wireless Operators of Winsted members Charles Setaro and Harlan Ford during a countrywide simulated emergency test for Amateur Radio Operators on Saturday, Oct. 3.
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WINSTED — Amateur radio operators from across the country, including the Wireless Operators of Winsted, took part in an emergency communications test on Saturday, Oct. 3.
During the test, the operators evaluated their ability to send and receive information under simulated emergency circumstances.
The operators passed emergency message traffic throughout the state by voice, morse code, and newer digital modes.
According to Dana Borgman, the Public Information Coordinator of Connecticut Section of the American Radio Relay League and member of the Wireless Operators of Winsted, as of Oct. 3 there are eight members of the Winsted group, along with 7,588 licensed amateurs in Connecticut, and 767,961 licensees nationwide.
“It’s important to have amateur radio operations because the Internet and the cell phone doesn’t always work,” Borgman said. “A good case in point was the last tropical storm where many towns and cities went without power and cell phone for days. If we needed to send any emergency traffic somewhere or if we had to work at a shelter, we would have our equipment set up for such emergencies.”
Borgman, who has been in amateur radio for over 30 years, said it is not difficult to get a license.
“It takes a little studying for the entry exam, which is the technician class,” he said. “As you go further in your amateur radio endeavors, there are two other exams and levels of licensing which gives you privileges to operate on different frequencies.”
He said the tests are held periodically and the license exam costs $15. However, there are no fees for the license itself.
For more information contact Borgman at 860-387-3824, or email ka1wpm@arrl.net

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