GREENFIELD – The Hancock Amateur Radio Club will participate in the National 24 Hour Field Exercise which begins at 2 p.m. on June 27-28 at St. Michael’s Catholic Church, 515 Jefferson Blvd. The event is open to the public.
For over 100 years, amateur radio – sometimes referred to as amateur radio – has allowed enthusiasts to experiment with electronics and communication techniques, as well as providing free public service to their communities during disasters. Since 1933, amateur radio operators across North America have established temporary amateur radio stations in public places during Field Day to showcase the science and skills of amateur radio.
Field Day demonstrates the ability of amateur radio to perform reliably under any conditions from almost any location and to create an independent communication network that is not dependent on telephone lines or the Internet. Over 35,000 people from thousands of places attended Field Day in 2019.
HARC, was formed as a local community service to educate young people and the public about amateur radio and electronics and to serve as a communications resource. During the year, one of the transmitters will be dedicated to mentoring unlicensed people and getting them on the air.
The club also promotes the well-being of the community by ensuring public communication with the outside world in the event of a local disaster, and it provides a team of qualified weather observers to provide visual observations of extreme weather conditions in the county at National Weather Service in Indianapolis.
Participants will follow CDC guidelines during the event.
Anyone can become a licensed amateur radio operator. There are over 761,300 licensed hams in the United States, as young as 5 years old and as old as 100. For more information, visit arrl.org/what-is-ham-radio or contact HARC President John Reeves at [email protected]