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. The event is open to the public.
For more than 100 years, amateur radio – also known as amateur radio – has allowed people from all walks of life to experiment with electronics and communication skills, and to provide free public service to their communities during a disaster. or an emergency, all without the need for a cell phone or the Internet.
Field Day demonstrates the ability of amateur radio to operate reliably in any condition from almost any location and to create an independent communication network. Over 35,000 people from thousands of places participated in Field Day 2018 activities last year.
“It’s easy for anyone to pick up a computer or smartphone, connect to the Internet and communicate, not knowing how devices work or connect to each other,” said David Isgur, communications manager at the American Radio Relay League, the association of radio amateurs. “But if there is an interruption in service or if you are out of range of a cell phone tower, you have no way of communicating. Amateur radio operates completely independent of the Internet or mobile phone infrastructure, can interface with tablets or smartphones, and can be installed almost anywhere in a matter of minutes. That’s the beauty of amateur radio during a communication failure.
“In today’s electronic DIY environment, amateur radio remains one of the best ways for people to learn about electronics, physics, meteorology and many other scientific disciplines,” said Isgur. “In addition, amateur radio is a huge asset to any community during disasters or emergencies if the standard communications infrastructure fails.”
Anyone can become a licensed amateur radio operator. There are over 725,000 licensed hams in the United States, ranging from 9 to 100 years old. And with groups like the Auburn Area Emergency Communications Team, it’s easy for anyone to get involved here in Auburn.
For more information on Field Day or Amateur Radio, contact the City of Auburn Emergency Management Office at 253-876-1925 or email [email protected]