ARRL East Bay Section

2010 National Night Out Amateur Radio Net

Posted by af6aq on July 20th, 2010

2010 marks our second year of introducing Amateur Radio to neighborhoods around the San Francisco Bay Area, by way of National Night Out.

National Night Out takes place on Tuesday evening, August 3, 2010.  Neighborhoods all across America will take part in this fun event,  The task: Get together with your neighbors, share some refreshments, have some laughs, and talk about how you can work together as neighbors to stand up against crime, and be prepared for emergencies.

In 2009 we sent 23 Amateur Radio Operators to National Night Out block parties in Fremont, Newark and Union City.  In our first annual National Night Out Amateur Radio Net, we took 50 NNO block party check-ins from all over the San Francisco Bay Area.

Amateur Radio is a perfect addition to any National Night Out block party.  During the party, you can tell your neighbors about how FRS radios can save their lives in real emergencies, when CERT volunteers are performing house-to-house searches – and they are unable to get to the door.  CERT volunteers talk to each other on FRS radios.  You can tell your neighbors how an Amateur Radio license will give them the ability to talk to people all over the city and beyond, when land-line phones, cell phones and Internet are not working.

Our neighbors need to know this.

How many times have you (the Amateur Radio Operator) felt like your neighbors perceived your antennas as an ugly blight on the neighborhood?  How many times have you heard of TVI complaints, when you were away from home on a trip with your family.  Amateur Radio is often perceived as a neighborhood annoyance.  What most neighbors don’t know (because no one tells them this), is that one day, Amateur Radio will save their lives!

So this is your chance, readers.  Find out where your nearest National Night Out block party is taking place.  Get there on time, and bring a rig that is capable of reaching the N6NFI repeater (145.230 MHz, PL 100 Hz), meet your neighbors, tell those interested about Amateur Radio and FRS, and at 7:00PM, check-in to our National Night Out Net.

If THAT doesn’t sell them on how important it is to know who their Amateur neighbors are, simply tell them this…

In a real, catastrophic emergency (something much worse than the Loma Prieta Earthquake), you can guarantee that there will be neighborhoods where they may not see Police, Firemen or paramedics for 2 to 3 days!  In those cases, radio may be their only hope.

If that doesn’t get across to our neighbors that they need our help – then we’re not doing our jobs as Radio Amateurs.

We hope to see you at the 2010 National Night Out Amateur Radio Net on N6NFI.

73 DE KI6BEN

For more information about the 2010 National Night Out Amateur Radio Net, or if you’re looking for an NNO block party in Fremont, contact John Vargas at ki6ben@arrl.net