Are you a new ham who wants to practice radio communication?
Just getting started in amateur radio and want to learn about emergency communications (EmComm)?
Are you a ham who wants to make better use of your hobby?
If you answered yes to any of these, consider helping with a local public service event (PSE). Public Service Events provide an excellent chance to practice your EmComm radio skills. Not only is it fun and interesting, but you will gain valuable experience in radio communications similar to a real disaster scenario, without the stress and urgency of a life and death situation.
Ham radio operators are often invited to assist with PSEs to provide primary or supplementary communication. PSEs typically involve parades, races or large gatherings. They normally use VHF/UHF radios so you don’t need any fancy equipment or big antennas.
Participants may be stationary or mobile, depending on the nature of the event. You may be sitting or standing or walking around.
Because hams supporting a PSE will often use a handheld transceiver (HT) it’s a good idea to have a few recommended HT accessories. First would be a quality 1/4-wave antenna in place of the poorly-performing factory “rubber duck”. Second is a spare battery pack for your radio. Third would be headphone(s).
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