Amateur Radio Field Day to take place nationwide, …


Ham radio operators from the Virgin Valley Amateur Radio will be participating in a national amateur radio exercise from 11:00 AM on Saturday until 11:00 AM on Sunday (24hrs), June 24-25 in the Mesquite Welcome Center. The event is ARRL Field Day (www.arrl.org/FieldDay), an annual amateur radio activity organized by ARRL, The National Association for Amateur Radio in the United States. From its beginning back in the 1930’s as an event to test the field preparedness and emergency communications abilities of the burgeoning amateur radio community, Field Day has evolved into the largest on-the-air operation during the year.

Hams from across North America ordinarily participate in Field Day by establishing temporary ham radio stations in public locations to demonstrate their skill and service. Their use of radio signals, which reach beyond borders, bring people together while providing essential communication in the service of communities. Field Day highlights ham radio’s ability to work reliably under any conditions from almost any location and create an independent, wireless communications network. The purpose remains today as it did in the beginning: to demonstrate the communications ability of the amateur radio community in simulated emergency situations.

Many hams have portable radio communication capability that includes alternative energy sources such as generators, solar panels, and batteries to power their equipment. Hams have a long history of serving our communities when storms or other disasters damage critical communication infrastructure, including cell towers. Ham radio functions completely independently of the internet and phone systems and a station can be set up almost anywhere in minutes. Hams can quickly raise a wire antenna in a tree or on a mast, connect it to a radio and power source, and communicate effectively with others.

Among the tenets of the Amateur Radio Service is developing and practicing skills in radio technology and radio communications, and even contributing to international goodwill. Hams range in age from as young as 9 to older than 100. For more information about ARRL Field Day and ham radio, visit www.arrl.org.
Anyone, and everyone is invited to come by to visit, learn, and participate.  For more information about our club here in Mesquite, visit:  www.vvarc.net
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