NEWELL, W.Va. – Members of the Hancock AuxComm team will be participating in National Amateur Field Day at Clarke Field starting Saturday, June 27 at 2:00 p.m. and will be observed to remain airborne until Sunday, June 28, 2:00 p.m.

Since 1933, amateur radio operators across North America have set up temporary amateur radio stations in public places during the annual field day exercise to demonstrate the science and skills of amateur radio. This event is open to the public and we encourage everyone to come out and see what amateur radio is all about. There will be hands-on demonstrations on how to use amateur radio, giving unlicensed individuals an opportunity to go on the air and socialize with a friend or two.

The Field Day demonstrates the ability of the amateur radio to work reliably under all conditions from almost anywhere and to build an independent communication network. Over 40,000 people from thousands of locations attended Field Day 2019. “It’s easy for anyone to pick up a computer or smartphone, connect to the Internet, and communicate without knowing how the devices are working or connecting to each other.” said Dave Isgur of the American Radio Relay League, the national association for amateur radio. “But if your service is interrupted or you are out of range of a cell phone tower, you have no way to communicate. Amateur radio works completely independently of the internet of the cell phone infrastructure, can be connected to tablets or smartphones, can be set up almost anywhere in minutes. That’s the beauty of amateur radio during a communication outage. “

Hams can literally throw a wire for an antenna over a tree, plug it into a battery-powered transmitter, and communicate halfway around the world. Ham does this by using a layer of the Earth’s atmosphere as a kind of mirror for radio waves.

Anyone can become a licensed amateur radio operator. There are over 725,000 licensed hams in the US, as young as 5 and as old as 100. With clubs like the Hancock AuxComm team, it’s easy for anyone to get involved here in Hancock County.

For more information on Field Day, please contact Roy Polmanteer at HancockAuxcomm@Gmail.com or 520-709-0713 or at www.arrl.org/what-isham-radio.

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