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Posted: Monday 25 April, 2022 at 10:53 PM

SKNARS successfully organized field day

By: SKNARS, Press Release

    Monday 25th April 2022 -- The St. Kitts Nevis Anguilla Amateur Radio Society (SKNAARS) now renamed the St. Kitts Nevis Amateur Radio Society (SKNARS) was formed 12th April, 1973, 49 years ago. The organisation functions under the slogan FRIENDSHIP OVER THE WAVES and is one of the oldest functioning Non-Governmental Service Organisations on St. Kitts and Nevis. Amateur Radio or Ham Radio Operation is the oldest Social Media entity worldwide, with a network of operators across every Continent, communicating without borders, in all languages, irrespective of age gender or race. The Amateur Radio fraternity is primarily a hobby, with operators establishing friendships locally, regionally, and internationally with each other including operators on the International Space Station, while experimenting with various antennas and modes of communication.


    Over the years, Amateur Radio organisations have provided invaluable service to their countries, when traditional forms of telecommunications became nonfunctional, due to destructive impacts by natural hazards. The St. Kitts Nevis Amateur Radio Society's contribution to St Kitts and Nevis in such circumstances is well documented, when it provided communications to our government after the impacts of Hurricanes Hugo 1989, Luis 1995, Marilyn 1995, Georges 1998 and Maria 2017. The Society also provided communications for Cricket World Cup 2007, several West Indies Cricket Home Series, Athletic Competitions and Road Races.


    As part of its 49th anniversary celebrations, the Society held a Field Day on Sunday 24th April 2022, at the Frigate Bay Lawn, Basseterre, St Kitts and some of the main objectives of this organized event were:


    (i) to test equipment in keeping with its Emergency Response Plan in preparation for this year's hurricane season.


    (ii) for operators to socialize while communicating locally and overseas.


    (iii)to allow the public to observe Amateur Radio operators in action over the waves.


    The activity was also used to raise much needed funds towards the construction of its Headquarters. 






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