North Little Rock Events

2017 Amateur Radio Field Day
June 24, 2017 - June 25, 2017

Contact: Georgia Seward (Georgia.Seward@baptist-health.org, 501-690-0592)
Amateur Radio “Field Day” June 24 – 25 Demonstrates Science, Skill, and Service

Members and friends of the Arkansas Radio Emergency Service (ARES) Club will be participating in the national Amateur Radio Field Day exercise, June 24 – 25 on the Parade Ground at Ft. Roots in North Little Rock.

This event is open to the public and everyone is encouraged to attend.  Ham operators will be working radios from 1:00pm Saturday, June 24th straight through until 1:00pm Sunday June 25th so feel free to drop by anytime—day or night.  The goal is to contact other stations across the US, Canada, and Mexico.  In the process, amateur emergency radio operators will learn to better operate radios in less than optimal conditions as they practice for roles in emergencies such as establishing communications in crises and providing communications support locally, regionally, and nationally in disaster and post-disaster situations.

For over 100 years, Amateur Radio—sometimes called ham radio—has allowed people from all walks of life to experiment with electronics and communications techniques, as well as provide a free public service to their communities during a disaster, all without needing a cell phone or the Internet. Field Day demonstrates ham radio’s ability to work reliably under any conditions from almost any location and create an independent communications network.

“It’s easy for anyone to pick up a computer or smartphone, connect to the Internet and communicate, with no knowledge of how the devices function or connect to each other,” said Sean Kutzko of the American Radio Relay League, the national association for Amateur Radio. “But if there’s an interruption of service or you’re out of range of a cell tower, you have no way to communicate. 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. That’s the beauty of Amateur Radio during a communications outage.”

“Hams can literally throw a wire in a tree for an antenna, connect it to a battery-powered transmitter and communicate halfway around the world,” Kutzko added. 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 if the standard communication infrastructure goes down.”

Anyone may become a licensed Amateur Radio operator. There are over 725,000 licensed hams in the United States, as young as 5 and as old as 100. And with clubs such as ARES, it’s easy for anybody to get involved right here in central Arkansas.

For more information about Field Day, contact Georgia Seward (Georgia.Seward@baptist-health.org, 501-690-0592) or visit www.arrl.org/what-is-ham-radio.
 

Fort Roots
Scenic Hill Drive, North Little Rock
(501)690-0592
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