Ham Radio Field Day Open to the Public

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Jun 23, 2018
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Providence Emergency Management Agency (PEMA)
591 Charles St
Providence, RI
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Providence EMA, Radio Hams to Participate in American Radio Relay League Field Day June 23, 2-4pm

RACES Group to Join Amateur Radio Week National Deployment Demonstration Open to Public at PEMA Headquarters

PROVIDENCE, RI – The Providence Emergency Management Agency (PEMA) chapter of the Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Services (RACES) Club today announced that they will open their participation in the annual American Radio Relay League (ARRL) Field Day to the public from 2:00PM to 4:00PM on June 23 in PEMA’s parking lot at 591 Charles Street, with the entrance at about 20 Marietta St. The City’s amateur radio operators, often called Hams, will join with thousands across the nation who will be showing off their emergency capabilities this weekend.

Visitors are invited to see Ham radio’s new capabilities and learn how to get their own Federal Communications Commission (FCC) radio license. They will have a chance to meet and talk with Providence’s Ham radio operators and see for themselves what Amateur Radio Service is about.  The demonstration will showcase the newest digital and satellite capabilities, voice communications and even historical Morse code, as Hams from across the country hold public demonstrations of emergency communications abilities.

Over the past year, news has been full of reports of Ham radio operators providing critical communications during unexpected emergencies in towns across America, including the California wildfires, winter storms, tornadoes and other events world-wide.  During Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico, Ham radio was often the only way people could communicate, and hundreds of volunteer Hams traveled south to save lives and property.  When trouble is brewing, Amateur Radio’s people are often the first to provide rescuers with critical information and communications.

This annual Field Day is the climax of the week long Amateur Radio Week sponsored by the ARRL, the national association for Amateur Radio.  Using only emergency power supplies, Ham operators will construct emergency stations in parks, shopping malls, schools and back yards around the country.  Their slogan, “Ham radio works when other systems don’t!” is more than just words to the Hams as they prove they can send messages in many forms without the use of phone systems, internet or any other infrastructure that can be compromised in a crisis. More than 30,000 amateur radio operators across the country participated in last year’s event.

There are over 650,000 Amateur Radio licensees in the US, and more than 2.5 million around the world.  Through the ARRL’s Amateur Radio Emergency Services program, Ham volunteers provide emergency communications for thousands of state and local emergency response agencies, all for free.

To learn more about Amateur Radio, visit arrl.org/field-day.   The public is invited to come, meet and talk with the Hams, see what modern Amateur Radio can do, and even get help to get on the air!

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