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Ham radio field day coming up at Izaak Walton

24 June, 2017, 01:29 | Author: Melody Ballard
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Members of the Cornerstone Amateur Radio Club (K2FCR) will host field exercises at the North Hoosick Fire Department, 22106 Route 22.

During Field Day the club will use the Cleveland - Bradley County Emergency Management Agency's communications trailer that is equipped for communication on several amateur VHF, UHF, and HF frequencies.

Experienced amateur (or "ham") radio operators will be set up at both locations to explain what the world of amateur radio is about.

Wood County Emergency Communications will also be participating in the annual Field Day on Saturday and Sunday on Hendershot Farm Drive on Rising Sun Road near Parkersburg.

At the Council meeting on June 19, Mayor Matthew P. Anesh declared the week of June 19 through June 25th as "Amateur Radio Week" and asked all residents to extend their appreciation and respect to our amateur radio operators.

"It's a chance to get kids and get them on the air", he said. "It's a lot of fun, but we take it very seriously".

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The event demonstrates ham radios ability to work reliably under any conditions from nearly any location and create an independent communications network. More than 35,000 radio amateurs are expected to gather with their clubs, groups or simply with friends to operate from remote locations.

With the advent, and take-over, of cell phones and wireless internet as the most common forms of electronic communication it can be easy to overlook older forms of electronics-even if they are still more reliable than cell or internet communication.

For more information visit its website at http://www.w0wml.org or contact Chuck Wagoner, Emergency Coordinator for Newton Amateur Radio Association Inc.at 641-521-1938.

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.

The NARA is setup to provide communications separate from the 911 center and have tested communications with the state emergency operations center at Camp Dodge and with the National Weather Service in Johnston. "When all else fails, ham radio works".

Anyone can become a licensed ham operator.


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