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Amateur Radio 'Field Day'set for June 24-25

Published: June 20, 2017 4:00 AM

Members of the Portage County Amateur Radio Service will be participating in the national Amateur Radio Field Day exercise, June 24 and 25 at Freedom Township Park, located at S.R. 700 and Streeter Road, about two miles north of S.R. 303.

Since 1933 Ham radio operators across North America have established temporary ham radio stations in public locations during Field Day to showcase the science and skill of Amateur Radio. This event is open to the public.

For more than 100 years, Amateur Radio -- sometimes called ham radio -- has allowed people from all walks of life to experiment with electronics and communications techniques, as well as provide a public service to their communities during times of disaster, all without needing a cell phone or the Internet.

Field Day demonstrates ham radio's ability to work reliably under any conditions from almost any location and create an independent communications network. More than 35,000 people from thousands of locations participated in Field Day in 2016.

PCARS members will have five separate stations in operation from noon on Saturday until 2 p.m. on Sunday. All stations will be interconnected with a "Mesh Network," which is a local "Internet" run on its own equipment. Stations will be communicating with other stations across North American using Morse Code, voice and digital transmission techniques.

Anyone may become a licensed Amateur Radio operator. There will be an Amateur Radio testing session available at the Field Day site on Saturday at 4 p.m.

For more information about Field Day, contact Rick Kruis -- K8CAV at k8cav@portcars.org or visit www.arrl.org/what-is-ham-radio.


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