On June 26-27, amateur or “ham” radio operators gathered around North America as well as in the East Bay-Delta areas to test their readiness for sending disaster information, no matter if a flood, earthquake, or wildland fire, to agencies throughout the USA.
The local effort was observed by the American Radio Relay League (ARRL) and several members won awards from Heil Sound Amateur Radio manufacturing company for their Field Day photographs.
It was an intense three days of setting up antennas and calling out to other hams around the continent as well as logging all calls as proof of contact.
See what it takes in the video below.
Michael Cockrell’s public service career has included law enforcement, water conservation enforcement, and emergency management. After 35-years at San Joaquin County’s Office of Emergency Services (OES), he retired as Director in December 2017. His OES experience between 1982-2017 included a wide range of emergencies and disasters such as floods, earthquake recovery, mass-casualty incidents, train derailments, hazardous materials releases, droughts, extreme heat and cold events. His education includes Associate and Bachelor degrees in Social Science, concentrating in Administration of Justice, and, a Master’s Degree in Public Administration. He has also completed many continued-education courses on administration and emergency management.