Amateur Radio’s “Field Day” will be held June 26-27 and will focus on service and science. Members of the Middle Tennessee Amateur Radio Society (MTARS) will participate in the national Amateur Radio Field Day exercise at Old Stone Fort State Archaeological Park in Manchester. This year the focus will be on the new hams and how their equipment works.
Radio amateurs across North America usually participate in Field Day by establishing temporary amateur radio stations in public places to demonstrate their skills and service. Their use of radio signals, which cross borders, brings people together while ensuring essential communication in the service of communities. Field Day showcases the ability of amateur radio to perform reliably under any conditions from almost any location and to create an independent wireless communication network.
Some MTARS club enthusiasts will also use the radio stations set up in their homes or taken to their backyards and other places to function individually or with their families. Many radio amateurs 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 notable given that a particularly active hurricane season is forecast. “Hams have a long history of serving our communities when storms or other disasters damage critical communications infrastructure, including cell phone towers,” said Michael Glennon, KB4JHU, MTARS club president. “Amateur radio operates completely independent of the Internet and telephone systems, and a station can be set up almost anywhere in a matter of minutes. Hams can quickly raise a wire antenna up in a tree or on a mast, connect it to a radio and a power source, and communicate effectively with others, ”added Glennon.
During Field Day 2020, more than 18,000 hams participated in thousands of locations across North America. According to the Amateur Radio Relay League (ARRL), there are over 750,000 amateur radio licensees in the United States and approximately 3 million worldwide. The amateur radio service develops and practices skills in radio technology and radio communications, and even contributes to international goodwill. Hams range in age from 9 to over 100 years old. And with clubs like the Middle Tennessee Amateur Radio Society (MTARS), it’s easy for anyone to get involved in Middle Tennessee. The MTARS club meets monthly at the First Presbyterian Church of Tullahoma on the second Thursday at 7 p.m. For more information, visit the web page at: https://www.qsl.net/mtars/ or on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com / w4out. ARRL is a resource for amateur radio, for more information visit: http://www.arrl.net