Radio Hams to celebrate Minnesota’s 163rd birthday | Local News
Local amateur radio operators, also known as Hams, will commemorate the State of Minnesota’s 163rd birthday with a special event called the “Minnesota Birthday Bash” at Stillwater’s Pioneer Park on May 11.
The South East Metro Amateur Radio Club will have several radio stations operating in a variety of frequencies and modes from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., according to a press release from SEMARC. The public is invited to watch and ask questions about amateur radio.
The venue for the event was chosen because of its proximity to the location where a group of Minnesota leaders met in 1848 to draft a petition calling on Congress to establish a territory which led to the creation of a state on May 11, 1858.
Amateur radio operators use their equipment to talk across the city, the world or even in space, all without the Internet or cell phones, the statement said.
They can provide emergency communications, often without a commercial power source, in support of nonprofit and government organizations, such as the Red Cross, the Salvation Army, and the National Weather Service. . Although amateur radio operators share a common basic knowledge of radio technology and the principles of operation.
Pioneer Park is located on North Second Street overlooking the St. Croix River.