Amateur Radio "Field Day" held in Huber Heights

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Members of the Huber Heights Amateur Radio Club are currently participating in the national Amateur Radio Field Day exercise at Cottonwood Park located at 6000 Fishburg Road. The event lasts until past dark and is open to the public.

Since 1922, ham radio operators across North American have established temporary ham radio stations in public locations during Field Day to showcase the science and skill of Amateur Radio. Field Day demonstrates ham radio’s ability to work reliably under any conditions from almost any location and create an independent communication network. More than 35,000 people from thousands of locations participated in Field Day in 2017.

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“It’s easy for anyone to pick up a computer or smartphone, connect to the internet and communicate, with no knowledge of how the devices function or connect to each other,” said Communications Manager for the American Radio Relay League David Isgur. “But if there’s an interruption of service or you’re out of range of a cell tower, you have no way to communicate. Ham radio functions completely independent of the internet or cell phone infrastructure, can interface with tablets or smartphones, and can be set up almost anywhere in minutes. That’s the beauty of Amateur Radio during a communications outage.”

Anyone can become a licensed Amateur Radio operator, and with clubs such as Huber Heights Amateur Radio Club, anyone can get involved right here in the Miami Valley.

For more information about Field Day or Amateur Radio, contact larry Sack--N8QNM--at LSACKN8WNM@gmail.com or 937-974-1971, or visit www.arrl.org/what-is-ham-radio or http://www.arrl.org/field-day.

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