Ham radio operators to stage Field Day

Caroline Beck
June 24, 2017

Fairchild noted that in times of an emergency, ham radios could be used in the place of current public safety radios to help out with communication.

Using only emergency power supplies, ham operators will construct emergency stations in parks, shopping malls, schools and backyards around the country.

The event is sponsored by the American Radio Relay League, a national organization for amateur radio operators, and locally by Lee County Emergency Management.

The event runs from 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 24, to 4 p.m. on Sunday, June 25.

"It's a chance to get kids and get them on the air", he said.

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Be proactive - Use the "Flag as Inappropriate" link at the upper right corner of each comment to let us know of abusive posts. Over 35,000 people from thousands of locations participated in the 2016 Field Day.

Club members maintain the Wyandotte Repeater, which extends the distances that radios reach to allow for emergency communications, and provides communications support for a number of local events such as the Metro Grand Spring Tour. They try to contact as many other stations as possible and to learn how to operate radio gear in abnormal situations and less-than-optimal conditions. Public demonstrations of this independent communications network will also include the actual building of radio equipment for the digital age at a "makers" table.

With the advent, and take-over, of cell phones and wireless internet as the most common forms of electronic communication it can be easy to overlook older forms of electronics-even if they are still more reliable than cell or internet communication. "We have ways of making communications work during those types of emergencies". Because ham radios are not dependent on the Internet, cell towers or other infrastructure, they work when nothing else is available.

The technology has been used since the 1930s and there are more than 700,000 licensed operators in the country, according to ARRL. Ages of the 725,000-plus hams in the US range from five to 100 years old.

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