An amateur radio event will take place at the “Calvada Eye” in Pahrump starting at 10 am on Saturday. The event organizers invite the public to attend and learn more about amateur radio and what it involves, and more.
Amateur radio operators, or “amateurs,” provide backup communications for anything not covered right away. They provide information from a wide variety of sources, including the Federal Emergency Management Agency, to the International Space Station, according to a statement from the Pahrump Amateur Radio Repeater Association.
This event will show residents of the area what ham really is. PARRA said it was packing around 8 p.m. Saturday, but the event continues until 10 a.m. Sunday.
The “hams” will join thousands of other amateur radio operators across the United States in what is known as “Field Day”. This annual event is the culmination of Amateur Radio Week, which kicked off on Monday, June 22.
Field Day is sponsored by the American Radio Relay League, the national association of radio amateurs.
More than 35,000 amateur radio operators across the country participated in last year’s Field Day event, according to the PARRA statement.
In the PARRA statement, Allen Pitts of ARRL said, “From the earthquake and tsunami in Japan to tornadoes in Missouri, Amateur Radio provided the most reliable communications networks in the critical early hours of events. Because amateur radios don’t rely on the Internet, cell phone towers, or other infrastructure, they work when nothing else is available. We only need air between us.
During the event in Pahrump, area residents and other attendees will have the chance to speak with Pahrump ham radio operators. They will find out what the amateur radio service is.
The public is invited to come see the new capabilities of amateur radio and learn how to obtain an FCC radio license. As the world grows, so does amateur radio, with over 700,000 licensees in the United States and over 2.5 million worldwide.
ARRL’s Amateur Radio Emergency Services program provides free emergency communications to states and local emergency response agencies, as well as non-emergency community services.
For more PARRA information, you can contact Gary Bechtolf at KI4VLH@gmail.com
To learn more about amateur radio, visit www.arrl.net