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FARA Field Day is June 22-23--Public is invited

posted Jun 20, 2019, 2:43 PM by L Gray   [ updated Jun 20, 2019, 2:45 PM ]
Amateur Radio “Field Day” June 22nd-23rd   Demonstrates Science, Skill, and Service 

Members of the Falmouth Amateur Radio Association, Inc. (FARA) will be participating in the National ARRL Amateur Radio Field Day exercise, June 22nd – 23rd, 2019 at the Barnstable County Fairgrounds south parking area at Route 151 and Currier Road in East Falmouth. Visitors are welcome at the site starting at noon on June 22.  Visitors can make over the air contacts using a special station setup just for visitors.

Since 1933, ham radio operators across the United States have established temporary ham radio stations in public locations during Field Day to showcase the science and skill of Amateur Radio. Field Day is open to the public and everyone is encouraged to attend. For over 100 years, Amateur Radio — sometimes called ham radio — has allowed people from all walks of life to experiment with electronics and communications techniques, as well as provide a free public service to their communities during a disaster, all without needing a cell phone or the Internet. Field Day demonstrates ham radio’s ability to work reliably under any conditions from almost any location, creating an independent communications network. 
  
Ham radio functions completely independent of the Internet or cell phone infrastructure, and can interface with tablets or smartphones. Most ham radio stations can be setup up quickly by simply throwing a wire over a tree for an antenna, and using batteries for power. The ability to quickly setup communications is one of the greatest things about Ham radio, and is very beneficial in times of disasters and other emergencies.  When other communication infrastructures are not working, ham radio works.  

Anyone may become a licensed Amateur Radio operator. There are over 822,768 licensed hams in the United States, as young as 5 and as old as 100. 

For more information about FARA's Field Day, contact Matthew Trott, KB1MLP, (matthew.trott@ymail.com).