Members of the Edmond Amateur Radio Society will be participating in the national Amateur Radio Field Day exercise, June 22-23 at Edmond Fire Station 5, 5300 E. Covell Road.
Since 1933, ham radio operators across North America have established temporary ham radio stations in public locations during Field Day to showcase the science and skill of Amateur Radio. This year’s Field Day Station will be the largest in Oklahoma. This event is open to the public and all are encouraged to attend. It runs from 1 p.m. Saturday, June 22 through 1 p.m. Sunday, June 23.
The Field Day is a showcase for how Amateur Radio works reliably under any conditions from almost any location to create an independent communications network. “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,” said David Isgur, N1RSN, communications manager for ARRL, the national association for Amateur Radio representing amateur (or “ham”) radio operators across the country.
“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 or emergencies if the standard communication infrastructure goes down,” Isgur said.
Anyone may become a licensed Amateur Radio operator. There are more than 725,000 licensed hams in the United States, as young as 9 and as old as 100 years of age. And with clubs such as the Edmond Amateur Radio Society, it’s easy for anybody to get involved right here in the Oklahoma City.