Amateur Radio Field Day coming to Quaker Park

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    Mayor Andy Cook is briefed on the emergency communications capabilities of the amateur radio group as the R.A.C.E.S. Public Information Officer Joe March connects to a “ham” station in Cape Town, South Africa at 2014’s Amateur Radio Field Day at Quaker Park. (File photo by Tim Vermande)
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    John Reichmann of Westfield attempts to contact the International Space Station during the 2014’s Field Day at Quaker Park on June 28 and 29. (Submitted photo)
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    Tom Huss and his son, Thomas, use an amateur radio portable satellite antenna to hear from NASA Astronaut Reid Wiseman aboard the International Space Station during three separate orbital passes over Quaker Park on June 28, 2014. (Current file photo by Tim Vermande)

Members of the Hamilton County Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service, the Central Indiana Amateur Radio Association and the Amateur Radio Emergency Service will be participating in the national, off-the-grid, Amateur Radio Field Day exercise, June 27 and 28 at Quaker Park, 17501 Dartown Rd., Westfield.

For more than 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 and create an independent communications network.

The public is invited to learn about amateur radio, how to get an FCC Amateur Radio license, talk with “hams”, get pamphlets about the many facets of amateur radio and talk on a radio to people in other countries.
The event begins at 1 p.m. at the park, behind the Westfield Public Safety Building on Ind. 32. Operators will be available to talk with the public and media beginning at 1 p.m. until 7 p.m., but anyone is welcome to stop by during the 24-hour exercise, which will end at 2 p.m. Sunday.

For more information, email Joe March at kj9m@arrl.net or visit www.arrl.org/what-is-ham-radio.