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National amateur radio event approaches

Posted on June 22, 2022

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YOUNGSVILLE — Ham radio operators from the Franklin County Amateur Radio Club in Franklin County and the surrounding area will participate in a national amateur radio exercise from 2 p.m. on Saturday until 2 p.m. on Sunday, June 25 and 26. The local exercise will be held at the corner of Highway 401 and Moores Pond Road. 
The event is ARRL Field Day (www.arrl.org/FieldDay), an annual amateur radio activity organized in 1933 by ARRL, the national association for amateur radio in the United States.
Hams from across the country 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 bring people together while providing 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 FCARC 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. 
This year’s event is also noteworthy given that a particularly active hurricane season is predicted. Hams have a long history of serving communities when storms or other disasters damage critical communication infrastructure, including cell towers. 
Ham radio functions completely independently of the Internet and phone systems, and a station can be set up almost anywhere in minutes. Ham radio operators 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 often to pass critical messages.
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 U.S., and an estimated three million worldwide. 
Among the tenets of the Amateur Radio Service is developing and practicing skills in radio technology and radio communications, and even contributing to international goodwill. Hams range in age from as young as 9 to older than 100. 
A self-study license guide is available from ARRL. For more information about ARRL Field Day and ham radio come visit the local event at the corner of Highway 401 and Moore’s Pond Road (current access via Hwy 98) and/or check out the FCARC site at www.fcarc.net for club details. 

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