Members of the Huber Heights Amateur Radio Club are currently participating in the National Amateur Radio Exercise Field Day at Cottonwood Park located at 6000 Fishburg Road. The event lasts until dark and is open to the public.
Since 1922, amateur radio operators across North America have established temporary amateur radio stations in public places during Field Day to showcase the science and skills of amateur radio. Field Day demonstrates the ability of amateur radio to operate reliably in any condition from almost any location and to create an independent communication network. Over 35,000 people from thousands of places attended Field Day in 2017.
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“It’s easy for anyone to pick up a computer or smartphone, connect to the Internet and communicate, not knowing how devices work or connect to each other,” said David Isgur, communications manager at the American Radio Relay League. “But if there is an interruption in service or if you are out of range of a cell phone tower, you have no way of communicating. Amateur radio operates completely independent of the Internet or mobile phone infrastructure, can interface with tablets or smartphones, and can be installed almost anywhere in a matter of minutes. That’s the beauty of amateur radio during a communication failure.
Anyone can become a Licensed Amateur Radio Operator, and with clubs like the Huber Heights Amateur Radio Club, anyone can get involved right here in the Miami Valley.
For more information on Field Day or Amateur Radio, contact larry Sack – N8QNM – at LSACKN8WNM@gmail.com or 937-974-1971, or visit www.arrl.org/what-is-ham-radio or http: / /www.arrl.org/field-day.