Emergency Communications Public Demo June 25-26, 2022
Members of the Fort Herkimer Amateur Radio Association, Inc. will participate in the national Amateur Radio Field Day exercise, from 2:00 p.m. June 25 to 2:00 p.m. June 26. 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 skill of amateur radio. This event is open to the public and all are welcome to attend.
Hams across North America typically participate in Field Day by establishing temporary amateur radio stations in public places to demonstrate their skills and service. Their use of radio signals, which reach across borders, brings people together while providing essential communication to serve communities.
Field Day highlights the ability of amateur radio to operate reliably in all conditions from almost any location and to create an independent wireless communication network. Some radio amateurs will also use the radio stations set up in their homes or taken to their backyards and elsewhere to operate individually or with their families. Many hams have a portable radio communications capability that includes alternate power sources such as generators, solar panels, and batteries to power their equipment.
This year’s event is also notable given that a particularly active hurricane season is expected. “Hams have a long history of serving our communities when storms or other disasters damage critical communications infrastructure, including cell towers”, amateur radio operates completely independent of the internet and telephone systems, and a station can be set up almost anywhere in minutes. Hams can quickly elevate a wire antenna up a tree or on a mast, connect it to a radio and a power source, and communicate effectively with others,”
On Field Day 2021, more than 26,000 radio amateurs participated from thousands of locations across North America. According to the ARRL, there are over 750,000 amateur radio licensees in the United States and approximately 3 million worldwide. Among the principles of the amateur radio service are the development and practice of skills in radio technology and radio communications, and even the contribution to international goodwill. Radio amateurs are between 9 and 100 years old. A self-study license guide is available from the ARRL: The ARRL Ham Radio License Manual (www.arrl.org/shop/Ham-Radio-License-Manual) and for Kindle (https://read.amazon.com/kp/embed?asin=B07DFSW94G).
“Hams can literally throw a wire up a tree for an antenna, connect it to a battery-powered transmitter, and communicate halfway around the world,” Isgur added. “Hams do this by using a layer of Earth’s atmosphere as a sort of mirror for radio waves. In today’s electronic do-it-yourself (DIY) environment, amateur 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 in the event of a disaster or emergency. if the standard communications infrastructure fails.
“We hope people come and see for themselves, this isn’t your grandfather’s radio anymore,” said ARRL’s Allen Pitts. “The communication networks that radio amateurs can quickly create have saved many lives in recent months when other systems have failed or become overloaded.”
In Herkimer County, the Fort Herkimer Amateur Radio Association, Inc. will demonstrate amateur radio in a field near the home of Hank KB2VLP and De Crofoot KB2VLO on Kilts Hill Road, Little Falls on the 25th and 26th of 2022. They invite the public to come see the new capabilities of amateur radio and learn how to get their own FCC radio license before the next disaster strikes.
To learn more about amateur radio, go to http://www.arrl.org/emergency-radio-org. The public is cordially invited to come and meet and discuss with the hams. See what modern amateur radio can do. They can even help you get on the air!
For more information, contact Past Association President Hank Crofoot, KB2VLP, at 315-823-2993 [email protected] or Treasurer Chris Bouck KB4CMF at 315-429-3927 [email protected] . Information on how to get involved in amateur radio is available by contacting Chris Bouck, KB4CMF, at 315-429-3927 or from the ARRL – the National Association for Amateur Radio, 225 Main Street, Newington, CT 06111 or by calling toll free: 1-888-277-5289 Visit ARRL on the web at http://www.arrl.org/home.