HAM” radio operators prepare for drill Saturday

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

More than 35,000 “ham” radio operators from the United States and Canada will participate in the annual “Field Day” drill, sponsored by ARRL – The National Association for Amateur Radio. Members of the Marshall County Amateur Radio Society will erect antennas and operate radios under simulated emergency conditions at the stage area of Lewisburg’s Rock Creek Park for 24 continuous hours starting at 1 p.m. this Saturday, June 24, 2017.

Mostly simple wire antennas, which will allow for communications with thousands of other similar “ham” radio stations across North America, will be used. Much of the radio equipment, owned by the Marshall County Office of Emergency Management, was purchased through grants from the US Department of Homeland Security, and the Federal and Tennessee Emergency Management Agencies. All the equipment will be operated from emergency power generators. The annual operating event will test operating, technical, and problem-solving skills and is also a contest among stations.

The public is invited to visit the stations, learn about amateur radio and emergency communications, and even operate the equipment under the supervision of FCC-licensed operators.

This is the second year that the club will be participating in the event.

For additional information on the Marshall County Amateur Radio Society or on “ham” radio, please contact Stephan Anderman, K2SMA, at 931-993-5800, or by e-mail to k2sma@arrl.net.