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Pella Amateur Radio Club to Simulate Emergencies on National Field Day Saturday

24 June 2017

Field Day, which takes place this weekend, is how people across the United States like Storer have shared their passion for radio with their communities every year since 1993.

This weekend members of the Pioneer Amateur Radio Club (PARC) will be participating in the national Amateur Radio Field Day exercise at the Izaak Walton Fin and Feather Lodge in Fremont. "Freak storms reflecting a changing climate can knock out a cell phone tower, strip a telephone pole or flood a fiber-optic cable facility and we'll all be in trouble".

Other highlights include an all-day Boy Scout Radio Merit Badge workshop, a Saturday afternoon introductory "CW" (Morse Code) class, and the opportunity to see a mobile emergency communications center.

Other than exposing communities to something new, Field Day also teaches participants "to operate in abnormal situations in less than optimal conditions", according to the ARRL website.

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"It's a public demonstration of what our capabilities are and of what we as ham radio operators bring to the table during an emergency or other crisis when traditional means of communication might not be available".

Ham radio enthusiasts will be gathering at Camp Roland in Bland County to participate in the National Amateur Radio Field Day exercise on Saturday.

"Often called ham radio, the Amateur Radio Service has been around for a century", the association reported on its website.

One key aspect of Field Day is that all of the equipment used and the clubhouse will be powered by an emergency generator.

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"There are multiple amateur radio satellites in orbit", Gregg said. "A lot of people don't know amateur radio is out there, that there's communication going on that they don't know about".

Field Day demonstrates amateur radio's ability to work reliably under any conditions from nearly any location and create an independent communications network. Mingling usually begins around 6:30 p.m., Bechtel said.

The ARRL estimates there are now over 725,000 licensed hams in the United States, as young as five and as old as 100. "When all else fails, ham radio works".

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Pella Amateur Radio Club to Simulate Emergencies on National Field Day Saturday