Thousands of Amateur Radio operators, often called “hams,” will be showing off their wireless capabilities June 25-26. This annual event, called "Field Day" is the climax of the week long "Amateur Radio Week" sponsored by the ARRL, the national association for Amateur Radio. Local Amateur Radio operators will join with thousands of operators throughout the United States to show off their emergency capabilities. Using primarily emergency power sources, “Ham” radio operators will construct emergency stations in parks, shopping malls, schools and backyards around the country. Their slogan, "When All Else Fails, Ham Radio Works” is more than just words to the hams as they prove they can send messages in many forms without the use of phone systems, internet or any other infrastructure that can be compromised in a crisis. More than 35,000 amateur radio operators across the country participated in last year's event.
Demonstrating a variety of radio communications capabilities, including Space Satellite Communications, Digital Radio Communications, and historic Morse code, “Hams” from across the USA will be holding public demonstrations of emergency communications capabilities.
The Amateur Radio Transmitting Society of Louisville will conduct it's Field Day activities at the Overlook Shelter on Baringer Hill in Cherokee Park. Onair operations for Field Day begin at 2:00 pm. Saturday and continue until 2:00pm Sunday.
The club invites the public to come meet and talk with local amateur radio operators and see for themselves what the Amateur Radio Service is about. They can even help you get on the air while at the event!
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