Steve Weber, president of CARC, said Field Day is a time of fellowship and fun for the thousands of amateur radio operators participating in the United States and around the world in several foreign countries. He is no stranger at organizing ham radio operators to serve a community's communications needs.
Anyone can become a licensed amateur radio operator.
This annual event is the climax of the weeklong Amateur Radio Week, sponsored by the American Radio Relay League, the national association for amateur radio.
The event runs from 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 24, to 4 p.m. on Sunday, June 25.
"You can sit down and you never know who you're going to talk to or where they're at", said Tom Storer, who has been a radio amateur for the past 40 years.
Field Day is one the most popular on-the-air events in the amateur radio community. Public demonstrations of this independent communications network will also include the actual building of radio equipment for the digital age at a "makers" table.
But if theres an interruption of service or youre out of range of a cell tower, you have no way to communicate.
Clubs and individuals set up gear and temporary antennas away from home using emergency power sources such as batteries, portable generators, solar panels and anything other than household power. "But despite the development of very complex, modern communications systems-or maybe because they are so complex-ham radio has been called into action again and again to provide communications in crises when it really matters". If the status of conditions in a certain area is needed, one of our club members will go and check it out and report back. He uses hospital stations as an example: During extreme weather or power outages that cut other forms of communications, such radios can be used to coordinate medical supplies, food, cots and more. "We always say when all else fails, ham radio". Ages of the 725,000-plus hams in the US range from five to 100 years old.
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