Field Day for amateur radio operators set for June 23-24

Jun 12, 2018
Courtesy of: Pen Bay Amateur Radio Club Operators from the Pen Bay Amateur Radio Club will take part in this year's nationwide Field Day exercise June 23-24. Shown above is the Knox County Communications trailer from 2017.

Thomaston — The Pen Bay Amateur Radio Club operators will again participate in the annual Amateur Radio Relay League Field Day event, which runs this year from 2 p.m. Saturday, June 23, to 2 p.m. Sunday, June 24, at Thomaston Green.

The Field Day exercise is a nationwide 24-hour event that tests amateur radio operators’ equipment and their ability to operate under adverse conditions such as those that may 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 these temporary stations, they try to contact as many other stations as possible. There are more than 725,000 amateur radio licenses in the U.S. and more than 2.5 million around the world.

The general public and children are invited to participate in the Field Day event at the Thomaston site by operating, with supervision, a “Get On The Air” amateur radio station or simply by watching the operators in action making contacts. The radio operators at the site can also explain how to become an operator. More than 35,000 amateur radio operators across the country participated in last year’s event.

To get on the air or for more information regarding the Field Day exercise, contact Eric Griener at maiasoldman@hotmail.com, or Dr. Norman Smith at 354-6853.

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