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Local ham radio operators take to the airwaves for a nationwide event


Members of Waldo County Amateur Radio Association assemble an antenna. Photo courtesy of Waldo County Amateur Radio Association


BELFAST — Ham radio operators from the Waldo County Amateur Radio Association will participate in a national amateur radio exercise from 1 p.m. on Saturday until noon on Sunday, June 24 and 25, at Troy Howard Middle School. The public is invited to drop by.


The event is Amateur Radio Field Day, an annual amateur radio activity organized since 1933 by the American Radio Relay League, the national association for amateur radio in the United States.


Hams from across North America ordinarily participate in Field Day by establishing temporary ham radio stations in public locations to demonstrate their skill and service. Their use of radio signals, which reach beyond borders, bring people together while providing essential communication in the service of communities.


Field Day highlights ham radio’s ability to work reliably under any conditions from almost any location and create an independent, wireless communications network.


Some hams from Waldo County will also use the radio stations set up in their homes and other locations to operate individually or with their families. Many hams have portable radio communication capability that includes alternative energy sources such as generators, solar panels, and batteries to power their equipment.


Among the tenets of the Amateur Radio Service is developing and practicing skills in radio technology and radio communications, and even contributing to international goodwill.


For more information about ARRL Field Day and ham radio, visit the Waldo County Amateur Radio Association at wcara.org.


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