Ham Radio Field Day set for weekend, Roger that – Daily Leader

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BROOKHAVEN — Amateur radio operators from the Southwest Mississippi Amateur Radio Club will participate in the National American Radio Relay League field day this weekend. The public is invited to view them at Brookhaven Parks and Recreation Office, 689 US 51N.

AARL field day begins at 1 p.m. Saturday and lasts until Sunday at 1 p.m.

Amateur radio operators from across North America participate in the field day by establishing temporary amateur radio stations and demonstrating their skills. The Field Day highlights Ham’s ability to work reliably in all conditions from any location and to create an independent wireless communication network.

In the ARRL, there are over 750,000 amateur radio licensees and over 26,000 Hams participated in field day last year.

Members of the Southwest Mississippi Amateur Radio Club sometimes set up these stations in their homes or backyards to operate one-on-one with families.

According to the group’s statement, some Hams have the ability to be portable and use alternative power sources such as solar panels, batteries or generators. It is expected that there will be an active hurricane season, so this year’s Ham event is special in showing how they connect communities, said SMARC Treasurer Scott Carpenter.

“Hams have a long history of serving our communities when storms or other disasters damage critical communications infrastructure, including cellphone towers,” Carpenter said. “Amateur radio operates completely independent of the internet and telephone systems and a station can be set up anywhere in minutes. Hams can quickly elevate a wire antenna in a tree or on a mast, connect it to a radio and a power source, and you can effectively communicate with others.

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