The Pen Bay Amateur Radio Club Operators will participate in the annual Amateur Radio Relay League Field Day event, which runs from 2 p.m. Saturday, June 24, to 2 p.m. Sunday, June 25, at the old prison site in Thomaston.

The field day is a nationwide exercise that tests amateur radio operators’ equipment and their ability to operate under adverse conditions, such as those that might occur during a disaster. The exercise involves amateur radio operators across the U.S. and Canada, who set up temporary stations, many using emergency power from generators, batteries or solar power. From the temporary stations, they try to contact as many other stations as possible.

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.

For more than100 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 cellphone 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. More than 35,000 people from thousands of locations participated in Field Day in 2016.

Anyone can become a licensed Amateur Radio operation. There are over 725,000 licensed hams in the United States, as young as 5 and as old as 100.

For more information about Field Day, contact Eric Greiner at, or Dr. Norman Smith at 354-6853.