Local radio club to participate in Amateur Radio "Field Day"

The Field Day program is open to the public and free to attend.

The Mid-Ohio Valley Amateur Radio Club (MOVARC) will hold its field day event Saturday from 8 a.m.to 5 p.m. Temporary antennas are set up and an electric generator is brought in for the radio gear.

The event will run from 1 p.m. on June 24 continuously until 1 p.m. on June 25.

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

He emphasized you don't have to be a licensed operator to enjoy the field day. "That is one of the reasons why the National Weather Service relies heavily on the amateur radio weather spotters".

"It's amusing, I first got into ham radios and becoming an (amateur radio) operator because of one of my other hobbies - storm chasing", he laughed. Among the services provided by the organization are direct communications support and the ability to handle health and welfare messages into and out of a disaster area as well as communications for several area public events.

The field day also demonstrates how amateur radio operators can use their equipment during an emergency, when cell phones and internet might not work. "To simulate a communications emergency", Fisher said.

"In today's electronic do‐it-yourself (DIY) environment, ham radio remains one of the best ways for people to learn about electronics, physics, meteorology, and numerous other scientific disciplines, and is a huge asset to any community during disasters if the standard communication infrastructure goes down", Kutzko said. More than 35,000 people from thousands of locations participated in Field Day in 2016.

"There are multiple amateur radio satellites in orbit", Gregg said. There are over 725,000 licensed operators in the United States from the age of five years to 100 years.

On June 24, the City of Copperas Cove will hold a 24 hour Amateur Radio Field day demonstration at High Chaparral Park.

  • Larry Hoffman