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Amateur Radio “Field Day” Will Focus on Skill, Service, Science

June 17th, 2024 by WCBC Radio

Members of the Mountain Amateur Radio Club Inc will be participating in the national amateur radio Field Day exercise, June 22nd-23rd. Since 1933, ham radio operators across North America have established temporary ham radio stations in public locations during Field Day to showcase the science and skill of amateur radio. This event is open to the public and all are encouraged to attend at the Old Lavale Pool, 599 Georges Creek Blvd.

Field Day is a showcase for how amateur radio works reliably under any conditions from almost any location to create an independent communications network. “Ham radio functions completely independent of the Internet or cell phone infrastructure, can interface with laptops or smartphones, and can be set up almost anywhere in minutes. That’s the beauty of amateur radio during a communications outage,” says Bob Inderbitzen, NQ1R, spokesperson for ARRL The national association for Amateur Radio®, (, which represents amateur (or “ham”) radio operators across the country. “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 or emergencies if the standard communication infrastructure goes down,” Inderbitzen adds. Anyone may become a licensed amateur radio operator. There are more than 750,000 licensed hams in the United States, as young as 9 and as old as 100.

It’s easy for anybody to get involved right here in Allegany County. For more information about and Field Day contact the Mountain Amateur Radio Club .