Tune In To Ham Radio Field Day In Lancaster

Bob Rayno WG1A makes contacts using CW (Morse Code).

Field Day is an annual event in which groups of Amateur Radio (Ham) operators world-wide set up their radios under simulated emergency conditions to see how well they can communicate with other Hams. Field Day is also fun event, which allows the Ham community to show their skills to the local community.

The public is invited to visit the LARK Field Day site, located at Lancaster Fair Grounds in Lancaster, N.H.

LARK will be on the air continually starting 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 22 through 2 p.m. on Sunday, June 23. Visitors will receive a guided tour of the activities. Information on how to earn a radio amateur license will be available.

Operating “off the grid,” radio amateurs, referred to as “Hams,” “hang wire” for antennas and use generators, solar power and other emergency power sources to see how many contacts can be made in 24 hours. Hams transmit and receive messages with voice, digital, and Morse Code signals.

When disaster strikes and normal communications channels are disrupted, the Amateur Radio community has been able to get the lines of communication set up so that critical resources can be moved to the areas of need. This has been true for disaster relief, like hurricanes and tornadoes; internationally following earthquakes and tsunamis; and in times of local severe weather. Ham operators work with the local authorities as well as with many disaster relief groups in all these cases. Hams also provide communications support for many public service events, such as the Boston Marathon and The Prouty.

Ham radio is also an interesting hobby. If you like making new friends world-wide, there are opportunities for you. If you have an interest in science, space exploration or technology, Hams are involved there as well. Many of the Astronauts manning the International Space Station (ISS) are Ham operators, licensed by their own countries. These Space Explorers provide class room contacts from the ISS via amateur radio setups that local Ham operators provide to schools for such purposes. If you have considered a career in electronics or radio, Ham radio has opened these doors for many of today’s professionals.

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