Amateur Radio 'Field Day'set for June 24-25

"That's the beauty of Amateur Radio during a communications outage". They will also be providing information for those interested in amateur radio and this type of public service in addition to citizen preparation for emergencies and disasters.

The field day is a emergency communications drill organized by the American Radio Relay League. It will begin at 9 a.m. Saturday, extend throughout the day and all night, until 2 p.m. on Sunday, according to member Matt Gregg.

On June 24, the City of Copperas Cove will hold a 24 hour Amateur Radio Field day demonstration at High Chaparral Park.

"We encourage all comers", Ian said, again noting that no license is necessary to make a contact using the GOTA station.

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"I'm looking forward to people coming and seeing what we do", he said on Thursday.

Field Day is one the most popular on-the-air events in the amateur radio community.

Even though communication by Morse code has given way to digital modes in most commercial and military uses, it is still widely used by thousands of amateurs, including many that have used it for most of their amateur radio careers. "Freak storms reflecting a changing climate can knock out a cell phone tower, strip a telephone pole or flood a fiber-optic cable facility and we'll all be in trouble". Temporary antennas are set up and an electric generator is brought in for the radio gear.

In addition to demonstrating their skills, both local groups will compete with other Field Day operators in testing their abilities to communicate in emergency situations. "In that time, it's grown into a worldwide community of licensed operators using the airwaves with every conceivable means of communications technology". There are more than 735,000 licensed hams in the United States, as young as 5 and as old as 100. "But despite the development of very complex, modern communications systems-or maybe because they are so complex-ham radio has been called into action again and again to provide communications in crises when it really matters".

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