The Lincoln County Amateur Radio EMA Team will hold its annual winter field event in Damariscotta this year.
Radio operations begin on Saturday, January 29, 2022, at 2 p.m., and will take place in the Damariscotta municipal parking lot near the boat launch.
LCART is part of the Lincoln County Emergency Management Agency (EMA), made up of approximately 20 licensed amateur volunteers. Volunteers train to be backup communicators in the event that normal communications (including cell towers) fail.
Amateur radio (amateur radio) is a popular hobby and service that brings people, electronics and communication together, according to LCART in a press release. People use ham radio to talk across town, around the world, or even in space, all without the internet or cellphones.
“It’s fun, social, educational and can be a lifesaver in times of need,” the statement said.
Emergency Communications or EmComm includes all means and modes of public safety communication in government agencies (e.g. law enforcement, fire departments, emergency medical services). Amateur radio operators can assist with these communications before, during, and after declared emergencies, disasters, or planned special safety events.
The “Hambulance” is the fun name we use for our EmComms vehicle, serving wherever emergency communication is needed in Lincoln County, especially when cellular and internet service is unavailable. The vehicle is equipped to handle voice and digital communications, not only locally here in Lincoln County, but throughout the state of Maine.
The LCART is a RACES team. RACES stands for Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service, a protocol created by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC Part 97, Section 407). RACES Volunteer Operators are: 1. Licensed Radio Amateurs, 2. Certified by a Civil Defense Agency 3. Capable of communicating on amateur radio frequencies during drills, drills, and emergencies 4. Activated by local, county jurisdictions and State and the only amateur radio operators authorized to transmit in the event of a declared emergency, when the President of the United States specifically invokes the War Powers Act.