Ham radio field day happening this weekend

Members of the East River Amateur Radio Club from Bluefield will be participating in the National Amateur Radio Field Day exercise at the Boy Scouts of America Camp Roland in Bastian, Va. Saturday morning they will be setting up, and they look forward to meeting people to explain the value of amateur radio in the event of a natural or man-made disaster when conventional communication is no longer available.

The club also provides training classes and gives exams to obtain an FCC ham radio license. Organizers plan a Get On The Air station to allow young people to talk with other stations across the country while under the supervision of a trained radio operator.

The American Radio Relay League is the national association for amateur radio in the USA, representing more than 171,000 FCC-licensed amateurs. Field day operations start at 1 p.m. Saturday followed by a potluck supper on site at 5:30 p.m.

This year the Motor City Radio Club will be holding Field Day from Friday, June 24 through Sunday, June 25 at Centennial Farm, 25797 3rd Street, Grosse Ile.

He emphasized you don't have to be a licensed operator to enjoy the field day.

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More than 35,000 amateur radio operators across the country participated in last year's event. "But if there is an interruption of service or you are out of range of a cell tower, you have no way to communicate".

This year, WCARES will have all five of their radio positions operating on low power provided by batteries, using a maximum of five watts.

On Saturday and Sunday, hams across the US will be holding public demonstrations of emergency communications skills.

Coordinating the effort is club member Buddy Kimsey. Public demonstrations of this independent communications network will also include the actual building of radio equipment for the digital age at a "makers" table. "We always say when all else fails, ham radio".

Anyone can become a licensed ham operator.

Taking place annually on the fourth weekend of June, Field Day is the largest ham radio event in the United States and Canada.

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