Amateur Radio “Field Day” will focus on skill, service, science

| June 19, 2019

COSHOCTON – Members of the Coshocton County Amateur Radio Association will be participating in the national Amateur Radio Field Day exercise, June 22 – 23 at Browns Farm at 2 p.m. both days. Take Route 621 off of Rt 36 on the east side of Coshocton. Turn right onto Township Rd 200 just after the cemetery. Go to the top of the hill, about 2 miles. The Field Day site will be on your right.

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.

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 tablets or smartphones, and can be set up almost anywhere in minutes.,” said David Isgur, N1RSN, communications manager for ARRL, the national association for Amateur Radio®, (www.arrl.org), which represents amateur or “ham” radio operators across the country. “That’s the beauty of amateur radio during a communications outage. 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,” said Isgur.

Anyone may become a licensed Amateur Radio operator. There are more than 725,000 licensed hams in the United States, as young as 9 and as old as 100. And with clubs such as Coshocton County Amateur Radio Association, it’s easy for anybody to get involved right here in Coshocton County.

This year the club will hand out certificates to anyone who joins a ham and makes five contacts on Voice Mode, Digital Mode or Morse Code and a Trifecta Certificate to any one that makes five contacts on all three modes.

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

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