Amateur Radio Field Day

From June 24 to 25, the Lakeway Amateur Radio Club will be taking part in "Field Day", an global event for radio clubs to introduce the public to the world of radio and communications.

In the Iron Mountain area, the Mich-A-Con Amateur Radio Club will be demonstrating amateur radio at the Upper Peninsula Veterans Memorial Park at Pine Mountain.

Hurricane Cindy is pushing storms this way, and ham radio operators keep the lines of communication open when Mother Nature goes wild.

The event runs from 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 24, to 4 p.m. on Sunday, June 25.

The Fort Madison Amateur Radio Club will participate in a nation-wide, 24-hour emergency preparedness drill starting at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Lion's Shelter House in Rodeo Park, Fort Madison. It is a lot of fun and it is now easy to get a license, participants say. More than 35,000 radio amateurs are expected to gather with their clubs, groups or simply with friends to operate from remote locations.

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The group will only use battery backup and solar power, conditions similar to what one would find in a natural disaster.

The field day has allowed ham radio operators across North America to establish temporary ham radio stations in public locations to showcase the science and skill of operating a ham radio.

The local event is one of many public demonstrations being held across the country to bring attention to the need and power of such emergency communications systems. "In that time, it's grown into a worldwide community of licensed operators using the airwaves with every conceivable means of communications technology". SkyWarn "hams" also report information about snow amounts and track rising water levels and work with the Red Cross, police and fire departments and local hospitals to provide emergency communications.

According to the BCRC, there are more than 725,000 licensed amateur radio operators in the U.S. Jones said amateur operators represent all walks of life, and his club boasts a membership that ranges in age from the 20s to 90.

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