Amateur radio field day | Bethlehem, PA Patch
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Amateur radio is a hobby where FCC licensed radio operators enjoy informal radio conversations with other radio amateurs “as we are called – locally, around the world, even with astronauts in space. However, amateur radio also has a very serious goal of improving the skills and equipment to transmit assistance messages in emergencies and catastrophic events, especially where landlines, telephone towers cellular and electrical services are down due to various damage to the infrastructure that we consider to be common.
When all else fails, we are ready for the necessary communication. To do this, we have various training opportunities in emergency preparedness, licensing and practice.
One of those events is our annual 24-hour Field Day, sponsored by the American Radio League. This weekend our event will take place at Bi-Centennial Park – EST. Tens of thousands of hams will participate in this year’s event which will run continuously for 24 hours, from 2:00 p.m. on Saturday until 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, rain or shine, but not during thunderstorms! We will operate under simulated emergency conditions, using gasoline generators and stations installed outside the pavilion. Field Day is also used to show the general public what and how we communicate. Come, listen to the contacts that are made, even, if you wish, we can make you speak on the radio. No charge to attend. We enjoy showing the public what we do – with no sales pitch and no obligation. We hope to see you there during daylight hours!
Learn more about amateur radio on this site: http://www.arrl.org/what-is-ham-radio