June 25, 2010
MOUNT CARLETON (CNB) - Amateur radio operators and members of ARES (Amateur Radio Emergency Services) will be meeting at Mount Carleton Provincial Park this weekend.
They will be participating in the national field day for amateur radio operators from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, June 26, and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, June 27.
Ham radio operators will be setting up radio stations across Canada in unusual areas and making contact with one another as a display of their emergency communications capabilities.
"The use of ham radios provides emergency communications for government and civic organizations during disasters such as wildfires, floods and storms," said Tourism and Parks Minister Brian Kenny. "In situations such as these, it is vital to have a means of reliable communication. I am pleased to participate in this important event and congratulate all those who will participate during the weekend."
Kenny will be communicating remotely with ham operators for National Field Day on Saturday, June 26. Media are invited to Mount Carleton, where information packets and other materials will be available explaining the work of ARES.
MEDIA CONTACT: Ryan Donaghy, communications, Department of Tourism and Parks, 506-471-5554.