Radio amateurs of the Stanly County Amateur Radio Club, call sign K4OGB, will be
participate in a National Amateur Radio Exercise from 2-6 p.m. June 25 at the shelter atop Morrow Mountain State Park. The event is an annual amateur radio activity organized since 1933 by the ARRL, the National Association of Radio Amateurs in the United States.
Hams across North America typically 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 reach across borders, brings people together while providing essential communication to serve communities. Field Day shines a light on amateur radio‘s ability to work
reliably in all conditions from almost any location and create an independent wireless network
Some radio amateurs in the Stanly County area will also use the radio stations installed in their homes or
taken to their backyards and elsewhere to operate individually or with their families. Many
the hams have a portable radio communication capability that includes alternate power 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 expected. “Hams have a long history of serving our communities when storms or other disasters damage critical communications infrastructure, including cell towers,” said Jeff Balfrey, call sign KY4EJ.
“Amateur radio operates completely independently of the Internet and telephone systems and a station can be set up almost anywhere in minutes. Hams can quickly elevate a wire antenna up a tree or on a mast, hook it up to a radio and a power source and communicate effectively with others,” added Balfrey.
During Field Day 2021, more than 26,000 radio amateurs participated from thousands of locations across
North America. According to the ARRL, there are more than 750,000 amateur radio licensees in the
in the United States and approximately 3 million worldwide.
Among the principles of the amateur radio service is the development and practice of radio skills
technology and radiocommunications, and even contribute to international goodwill. hams
range from as young as 9 years old to over 100 years old. For more information on ARRL Field Day
and amateur radio, contact the Stanly County Amateur Radio Club through Facebook or their webpage
www.K4OGB.org and visit www.arrl.org/what-is-ham-radio.