Ham radio operators from the Greater Mason County Amateur Radio Association will be participating in a national amateur radio exercise from 2 p.m. until 8 p.m., on Saturday, June 26, at the Cummins Nature Preserve at 3049 Pickett Lane, Maysville.
The event is ARRL Field Day (www.arrl.org/FieldDay), an annual amateur radio activity organized since 1933 by ARRL, the national association for amateur radio in the United States.
Ham radio operators from across North America ordinarily participate in Field Day by establishing temporary ham radio stations in public locations to demonstrate their skill and service. Their use of radio signals, which reach beyond borders, bring people together while providing essential communication in the service of communities. Field Day highlights ham radio’s ability to work reliably under any conditions from almost any location and create an independent, wireless communications network.
“Hams have a long history of serving our communities when storms or other disasters damage critical communication infrastructure, including cell towers,” said Clay Buser, Maysville-Mason County Emergency Management director.
“Ham radio functions completely independently of the internet and phone systems and a station can be set up almost anywhere in minutes. Hams can quickly raise a wire antenna in a tree or on a mast, connect it to a radio and power source, and communicate effectively with others,” Buser added. Many hams have portable radio communication capability that includes alternative energy sources such as generators, solar panels, and batteries to power their equipment.
The public is welcome to attend to learn more about amateur radio, for more information send an email to [email protected]