Wabash Valley Amateur Radio Association Demonstrates Science, Skills and Service on ‘Field Day’
HIGH EARTH, Ind. (WTWO / WAWV) – Members of the Wabash Valley Amateur Radio Association will participate in the national Amateur Radio Field Day exercise this weekend at the United Steelworkers Grounds on East Quinn Avenue in Terre Haute.
Since 1933, amateur radio operators across North America have established temporary amateur radio stations in public places during Field Day to showcase the science and skills of amateur radio. This event is open to the public.
For over 100 years, amateur radio – sometimes referred to as amateur radio – has allowed people from all walks of life to experience electronics and communication skills, as well as providing free public service to their communities during a disaster, all without the need for a cell phone. or the Internet.
Field Day demonstrates the ability of the amateur radio operator to operate reliably in all conditions from almost any location and to create an independent communication network. Over 36,000 people from thousands of places attended Field Day in 2019.
“It’s easy for anyone to pick up a computer or smartphone, connect to the Internet and communicate, not knowing how devices work or connect to each other,” Sean Kutzko of the American Radio Relay League , the national association of radio amateurs. , mentionned. “But if there is an interruption in service or if you are out of range of a cell phone tower, you have no way of communicating. Amateur radio operates completely independent of the Internet or mobile phone infrastructure, can interface with tablets or smartphones, and can be installed almost anywhere in a matter of minutes. That’s the beauty of amateur radio during a communication failure.
Anyone can become a licensed amateur radio operator. There are over 725,000 licensed radio amateurs in the United States, ranging in age from 5 to 100 years old. And with clubs like the Wabash Valley Amateur Radio Association, it’s easy for anyone to get involved right here in Wabash Valley.