Amateur radio operators in Port Arthur, Mid County go on air for nationwide event June 26-27 – Port Arthur News
Amateurs from the Jefferson County Amateur Radio Club will participate in a national amateur radio exercise from 8:00 a.m. on Saturday until 1:00 p.m. on Sunday.
The event is ARRL Field Day (www.arrl.org/FieldDay), an annual amateur radio event held since 1933 by ARRL, the National Association for Amateur Radio in the United States.
Radio amateurs across North America usually participate in Field Day by establishing temporary amateur radio stations in public places to demonstrate their skills and service.
Their use of radio signals, which cross borders, bring people together while providing essential communication in the service of communities. Field Day showcases the ability of amateur radio to perform reliably in any condition from almost any location and to create an independent wireless communication network.
This year’s event is also notable given that a particularly active hurricane season is expected.
“Hams have a long history of serving our communities when storms or other disasters damage critical communications infrastructure, including cell phone towers,” said Kirk Mahaney, Jefferson County ham radio emergency coordinator. , call sign N5WKM.
“Amateur radio operates completely independent of the Internet and telephone systems, and a station can be set up almost anywhere in a matter of minutes. Hams can quickly raise a wire antenna up in a tree or on a mast, connect it to a radio and power source, and communicate effectively with others.
During Field Day 2020, more than 18,000 hams participated in thousands of locations across North America.
According to the ARRL, there are over 750,000 amateur radio licensees in the United States and approximately 3 million worldwide.
One of the principles of the amateur radio service is to develop and practice skills in radio technology and radio communications, and even to contribute to international goodwill.
The hams are between 9 and over 100 years old. For more information on ARRL Field Day and Amateur Radio, contact Mahaney 409-718-5047 and visit www.arrl.org/what-is-ham-radio.