EDITORIAL: Ham radio operators provide important services

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The American Radio Relay League, the largest membership association of amateur radio enthusiasts in the United States, will conduct the annual ARRL Field Day on Saturday and Sunday, June 25-26, according to the group’s website.

The event has been organized since 1933 by ARRL. Radio operators from across North America will establish temporary ham radio stations in public locations to demonstrate their skill and service.

Among those participating is the Rome Radio Club, which can be contacted at www.romeradioclub.com.

It’s welcome news that this important ARRL Field Day has local support.

Some hams from Central New York will use the radio stations set up in their homes or in their backyards and other locations to operate individually or with their
families, local event organizers said in a media announcement.

Public safety too is a local concern, since 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,” said Mike Little, the Rome Radio Club’s Information Director, call sign KB2CCD.

Remember that during this year’s hurricane season.

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