Amateur radio “Field Day” to focus on skills, service and science

By means of June 15, 2024 6:00 am

ROCKINGHAM COUNTY, VA (Rocktown Now) – The Massanutten Amateur Radio Association and Valley Amateur Radio Association (representing Harrisonburg, Rockingham, Staunton, Augusta and Waynesboro) are gearing up for the National Amateur Radio Field Day exercise, a unique event that will last takes place June 22-23 at the Rockingham County Fairgrounds. Since 1933, ham radio operators across North America have set up temporary ham radio stations in public locations during Field Day, showcasing the science and skills of amateur radio. This event is not just for enthusiasts; it is open to the public and anyone can get out and experience the thrill of amateur radio.

Field Day shows how amateur radio works reliably under any conditions and from virtually any location to create an independent communications network. “Ham radio functions completely independently of the internet or mobile phone infrastructure, can communicate with laptops or smartphones and can be installed virtually 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®, (www.arrl.org), which educates amateur (or “ham”) radio operators represents the whole world. country. “In today’s do-it-yourself (DIY) electronic environment, ham radio remains one of the best ways for people to learn about electronics, physics, meteorology and many other scientific disciplines, and is a tremendous asset to any community during disasters or disasters. emergency situations if the standard communications infrastructure fails,” Inderbitzen adds. Anyone can become a licensed amateur radio operator. There are more than 750,000 licensed radio amateurs in the United States, as young as 9 and as old as 100 years old. And with clubs like the Massanutten Amateur Radio Association and Valley Amateur Radio Association, it’s easy for everyone to get involved here in the community. .

WHEN Saturday and Sunday June 22 and 23. On Saturday, June 22 from 2:00 PM to Sunday, June 23 at 2:00 PM.

WHERE 4808 S. Valley Pike, Rockingham, VA, just south of Harrisonburg on Route 11

For more information about Field Day or amateur radio, contact Paul Helmuth, [email protected] or visit www.arrl.org/what-is-ham-radio.