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Amateur radio Field Day will be held June 22-23

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By The Staff

On-air demonstrations, satellite communications and emergency preparedness activities are on tap for members of the Old Capital Amateur Radio Club as they gear up to celebrate Amateur Radio Week, June 22-23.
During Amateur Radio Week, enthusiasts will put on demonstrations, give talks to community groups and take part in other activities to raise awareness about Amateur Radio.
The week culminates with the annual preparedness exercise called Field Day on June 22-23. Field Day is sponsored by the American Radio Relay League (ARRL), the national association for Amateur Radio.
During Field Day, operators set up in local parks, at shopping malls or even in their own backyards, and get on the air using generators or battery power.
Field Day was designed to test operators’ abilities to set up and operate portable stations under emergency conditions such as the loss of electricity.
“We want the community to know that in the event of an emergency, we will be ready to assist in any way we can,” Bob Dugan said.
“While people often think that cell phones or other communication technologies have replaced ham radio, we can still provide an important communications service that others can’t,” he said.
Field Day is a serious test of skill, but it is also a contest for fun and the largest “on-air” operating event each year. During the weekend, radio operators try to contact as many other Field Day stations as possible.
More than 30,000 Amateur Radio operators across the country and Canada participated in last year’s event.
The Old Capital Amateur Radio Club will hold Field Day at Dugan’s home (five miles south of Vandalia on Carlyle Road) and will be operating from noon on Saturday, June 22, to noon on Sunday, June 23.
“We hope that anyone who is interested in seeing what Amateur Radio is all about will come out for Field Day,” Dugan said.
“Children and adults alike can communicate with people across the United States."
"The more participants we have the better” said Kendra Craig, the Fayette County EMA director. “We would like to be able to have a high number of contacts and promote Fayette County.”
Today, there are more than 670,000 Amateur Radio operators in the United States and more than 2.5 million worldwide.
To find out more about Amateur Radio or how you can get started, contact the Old Capital Amateur Radio Club at 425-3768.
Information is also available from the American Radio Relay League, 225 Main Street, Newington, Conn., 06111 by calling 1-800-32-NEW HAM or at www.arrl.org.
For more information, you may contact Craig at 283-4292.