JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Every year on the fourth weekend in June, at the start of hurricane season, amateur radio operators across the country prepare their equipment in case it is needed in the event of a natural disaster.
This weekend, amateur radio operators from the Clay County Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ClayARES) and the Orange Park Amateur Radio Club (OPARC) will demonstrate their communication skills at their annual field day. This event was open to the public so radio operators could demonstrate firsthand how they can help our community in times of crisis.
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The American Radio Relay League (ARRL) Field Day is the most popular live event held annually in the United States and Canada. This time every year, thousands of radio amateurs come together with their clubs, groups or simply with friends to operate remotely. According to the league, Field Day is a picnic, a camp, an emergency practice, an informal contest and above all, fun!
While some will treat it like a competition, other groups will take the opportunity to practice their emergency response skills. This is an excellent opportunity to demonstrate amateur radio to organizations that amateur radio could serve in an emergency, as well as to the general public. The competition aspect of Field Day is to contact as many other stations as possible and learn how to use radio equipment in abnormal situations and less than optimal conditions.
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“Hams have a long history of serving our communities when storms or other disasters damage critical communications infrastructure, including cellphone towers,” said Scott Roberts, KK4ECR, public information manager. “Amateur radio operates completely independently of the Internet and telephone systems and a station can be set up almost anywhere in minutes. Hams can quickly elevate a wire antenna up a tree or on a mast, hook it up to a radio and a power source and communicate effectively with others,” Roberts added.
This year, Field Day will be held at Camp Chowenwaw, 1517 Ball Road, Green Cove Springs, Florida 32043, from 2 p.m. Saturday, June 25 to 2 p.m. Sunday, June 26.
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