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Amateur radio operators prep for upcoming field day

24 June, 2017, 01:28 | Author: Rickey Alvarado

Members of the East River Amateur Radio Club from Bluefield will be participating in the National Amateur Radio Field Day exercise at the Boy Scouts of America Camp Roland in Bastian, Va. Stop out to find out more about amateur radio.

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

Using only emergency power supplies, ham operators will construct emergency stations in parks, shopping malls, schools and backyards around the country.

"Who we are" is Smith's local amateur radio group, the Rogers County Wireless Association, consisting of licensed ham radio operators and aficionados across the county.

The event will run from 1 p.m. on June 24 continuously until 1 p.m. on June 25. More than 30,000 amateur radio operators across the country are expected to demonstrate this capability during this year's event. First, participants hone their skills of establishing communication on global frequencies in the wake of a natural disaster such as a flood, tornado, or hurricane that has destroyed the infrastructure of normal communications, disabling phone service and the Internet. "From the quake and tsunami in Japan to tornadoes in Missouri, ham radio provided the most reliable communication networks in the first critical hours of the events".

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Approximately 10 club members will be participating this year as they will be camping out at the park.

Radios will be set up and operating from generator, solar and battery power.

The event is the most popular on-the-air event in the United States. "But despite the development of very complex, modern communications systems-or maybe because they are so complex-ham radio has been called into action again and again to provide communications in crises when it really matters". "When all else fails, ham radio works".

The ARRL estimates there are now over 725,000 licensed hams in the United States, as young as five and as old as 100.

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