The Madison County Amateur Radio Club will participate in a national emergency communications preparedness exercise on Saturday, June 25 and Sunday, June 26.
The exercise, known as Field Day, has been recognized by Governor John Kasich and Lieutenant Governor Mary Taylor through a proclamation of those days as “Amateur Radio Operators’ Appreciation Days.” The proclamation recognizes the vital role played by amateur radio operators in emergency radio communications on a local, statewide, national and international basis. Local Hams provide communications resources for everything from the local bicycle event to assisting the American Red Cross, FEMA and even the International Space Station.
The club will conduct its 2016 Field Day operations at the Pleasant Valley Fire House, 650 W. Main St., Plain City, beginning at 2 p.m. on Saturday and operating for up to 24 hours, concluding at 2 p.m. on Sunday. The public is invited to come and see modern amateur radio technology in action. Club members will be available to answer questions, provide literature and even help you get on the air. Best visiting times are from 2 to 6 p.m. on Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday.
Field Day is the climax of a week-long “Amateur Radio Week” sponsored by the ARRL, the national association for Amateur Radio. Often using only emergency power supplies, ham operators will construct and operate emergency stations in parks, shopping malls, schools and backyards around the country. Their slogan, “When All Else Fails, Ham Radio Works “ is demonstrated by hams who can send messages in many forms without the use of phone systems, internet or any other infrastructure that can be compromised in a crisis. More than 43,000 amateur radio operators across the country participated in last year’s event.
Modern amateur radio is a fast-growing hobby and there are now over 736,000 licensed amateurs in the United States and more than 2.5 million worldwide. Through the ARRL’s Amateur Radio Emergency Services program, volunteers provide both emergency communication for thousands of state and local emergency response agencies and non-emergency communications services to a wide variety of community organizations, all without cost to the public.
To learn more about amateur radio, go to http://www.arrl.org/emergency-radio-org.
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