Ham radio operators on air for nationwide event
ROME — Ham radio operators from the Rome Radio Club will participate in a national amateur radio exercise from 2 p.m. Saturday, June 25, until 2 p.m. on Sunday, June 26.
The event — the ARRL Field Day — is an annual amateur radio activity organized since 1933 by ARRL, the National Association for Amateur Radio, where ham radio operators from across North America establish temporary ham radio stations in public locations to demonstrate their skill and service.
The operators use of radio signals, which reach beyond borders, bring people together while providing essential communication in the service of communities, according to local and national officials.
The annual ARRL Field Day highlights ham radio’s ability to work reliably under any conditions from almost any location and create an independent, wireless communications network, officials added.
Some hams from Central New York will also use the radio stations set up in their homesor taken to their backyards and other locations to operate individually or with their
families, local event organizers said in a media announcement.
Many hams have portable radio communication capability that includes alternative energy sources such as generators, solar panels, and batteries to power their equipment.
This year’s event is also noteworthy given that a particularly active hurricane season is predicted.
“Hams have a long history of serving our communities when storms or other disasters damage critical communication infrastructure, including cell towers,” said Mike Little, the Rome Radio Club’s Information Director, callsign KB2CCD.
“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,” Little added.
During Field Day 2020, more than 18,000 hams participated from thousands of locations across North America. According to ARRL, there are more than 750,000 amateur radio licensees in the U.S., and an estimated 3 million worldwide.
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, the announcement said, adding a self-study license guide is available from ARRL: The ARRL Ham Radio License
Manual (www.arrl.org/shop/Ham-Radio-License-Manual) and for Kindle (https://read.amazon.com/kp/embed?asin=B07DFSW94G).
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