Ham Radio Operators on the air for Nationwide Field Day event June 26

INDIANA – Ham radio operators from the Hoosier Hills Ham Club in Lawrence County will be participating in a national amateur radio exercise from 2 p.m. until 10 p.m. on Saturday June 26, at their club facility located at 1508 Rariden Hill Road, in Mitchell.

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.

Those with an interest in amateur radio are invited to attend to see the radio operators in action during the event.

Hams 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.

Some hams from the area will also use the radio stations set up in their homes or taken to their backyards and other locations to operate individually or with their families. Many hams have portable radio communication capability that includes alternative energy sources such as generators, solar panels, and batteries to power their equipment.

During Field Day 2020, more than 18,000 hams participated from thousands of locations across North America. According to ARRL, there are more than 750,000 amateur radio licensees in the US and an estimated 3 million worldwide.

The Hoosier Hills Ham Club has been serving amateur radio operators and the general public in Lawrence and surrounding counties since 1955. For more information on Field Day, amateur radio, or the club, contact them via email at president@w9qyq.org.

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