Members of the Altus Area Amateur Radio Association (AAARA) will be participating in the National Amateur Radio Field Day exercise, June 27 and 28, at 3111 Partridge Place. Since 1933, Amateur Radio, also known as, Ham Radio operators across North America have established temporary ham radio stations in varying locations during field day. The purpose is to showcase the science and skill of Amateur Radio. This event is open to the public and all are encouraged to attend.
Amateur Radio allows people to experiment with electronics and communication techniques, as well as the ability to provide a free public service to their community in the event of a disaster. This all can be done without a cell phone or internet. Over 45,000 people from thousands of locations participated in Field Day 2014.
“It’s easy for anyone to pick up a computer pr smart-phone, connect to the internet and communicate, with no knowledge of how the devices function or connect to each other,” said Sean Kutzko, of the American Radio Relay League, the National Association for Amateur Radio. “But if there’s an interruption of service or you’re out of range of a cell tower, you have no way to communicate. Ham radio functions completely independent of the internet or cell phone infrastructure, can interface with tablets or smart-phones, and can be set up almost anywhere in minutes. That’s the beauty of Amateur Radio during a communication outage.”
Anyone can become a licensed Amateur Radio Operator and it’s easy for anyone to get involved in Altus vis the AAARA.
For more information about Field Day, or Amateur Radio, contact Carole Town at (580) 471-9204 or visit www.arrl.org/what-is-ham-radio