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RAC Bulletin 2011-015E - Manitoba Declares Amateur Radio Week as local Hams prepare for a Public Demo of Emergency Communications

Winnipeg, MB June 21st 2011 The Province of Manitoba has declared June 20-24th as Amateur Radio Week in response to the support local Amateur Radio Operators have supplied in the last year. The Proclamation, which is posted at the website of the Winnipeg Amateur Radio Club (http://www.mts.net/~warc/), was signed by the Minister responsible for the Emergency Measures Organization (EMO), Steve Ashton.

This weekend, the public will have a chance to meet and talk with Winnipegs ham radio operators and see for themselves what the Amateur Radio Service is about. Showing the newest digital and satellite capabilities, voice communications and even historical Morse code, hams from across the North America will be holding public demonstrations of emergency communications abilities. Several dignitaries including the Director of EMO and the Deputy Mayor will also be visiting.

There are over 65,000 Amateur Radio licensees in Canada, and more than 2.5 million around the world. Through the Radio Amateurs of Canada (RAC) Amateur Radio Emergency Services program, ham volunteers provide emergency communications for thousands of provincial and local emergency response agencies, all for free.

Credit is to go to the Public Information Officer for the Winnipeg Amateur Radio Club Mr. Jim Sutton, ve4sig. The Winnipeg Amateur Radio Club is a RAC Affiliated Club. A lengthier press release went out to all media in Manitoba.

Geoff Bawden, VE4BAW
President - Radio Amateurs of Canada