FULTON – Operators of the Fulton Amateur Radio Club (FARC), with support from Oswego County Emergency Communicators/RACES (Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service) and the Oswego County Office of Emergency Management, are participating in the ARRL (Amateur Radio Relay League) Annual National Field Day Event June 25-26, 2022 at Fort Ontario in Oswego. This Field Day event lasts for 24 consecutive hours, FARC and RACES operators will start at 1pm on Saturday June 25th and end at 1pm on June 26th. Amateur radio operators better known as Ham’s; because in the early 1900s, operators liked to talk to others over the airwaves about anything and everything.
Hams from across North America usually participate in Field Day by establishing temporary amateur radio stations in public places to demonstrate their skills and emergency service. Their use of radio signals, which reach across borders, brings people together while providing essential communication to serve communities. Field Day highlights the ability of amateur radio to operate reliably in all conditions from almost any location and to create an independent wireless communication network. Many hams have a portable radio communications capability that includes alternate power sources such as generators, solar panels, and batteries to power their equipment.
During this year’s Field Day event in Fort Ontario, the public is invited to attend and learn about the uses of amateur radio as a form of communication. Amateur radio (amateur radio) is a popular hobby and service that brings people, electronics and communication together. People use ham radio to talk across town, around the world, or even in space, all without the internet or cellphones. It’s fun, social, educational and can be a lifesaver in times of need.
Amateur radio has no age requirement and anyone can obtain an FCC license. Amateur radio is also a great gateway for children and young adults into STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics). Learn how to calculate power rating, electronic parts, understand radio waves, and even build radios or antennas. Today, amateur radio is not an expensive hobby. Many beginners in the hobby can start with a simple portable radio that ranges from $35 to $90.
The FCC license starts with the technical class, then the general class and finally the additional class. FARC offers fall and spring courses for either or both technical and general courses. A major factor is that the old Morse code requirement is no longer necessary to obtain your FCC amateur radio license.
On Field Day 2021, more than 26,000 radio amateurs participated from 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.
The FARC and Oswego County Emergency Communicators/RACES would like to thank the Fort Ontario Park Management Staff and Superintendent for their annual support of this event. This event is in cooperation with New York State Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation – Central Region. For more information, you can check out our website: www.fultonamateurradioclub.org and our Facebook page: www.facebook.com/fultonamateurradioclub which will have updates on Field Day as well as upcoming classes.