Ham Radio operators hosting field day at UTM

Ham Radio operators hosting field day at UTM

Posted: Wednesday, June 25, 2008 6:53 pm

MARTIN — Thousands of ham radio operators in the U.S. will showcase their emergency capabilities Saturday and Sunday during “Field Day,” which concludes Amateur Radio Week. The event is sponsored by the American Radio Relay League and will highlight the newest digital and satellite capabilities, voice communications and even historic Morse code. In Weakley County, licensed amateurs will gather near Crisp Hall on the University of Tennessee at Martin campus. Visitors can see ham radio’s new capabilities and learn how to obtain an FCC radio license. “Although throughout the year there are many ARRL-sponsored contests where hams vie to make as many radio contacts as possible to win awards, Field Day is officially an operating event and not a contest,” said Roger Elmore KJ4AJP, Weakley County amateur and the university’s telephone system technician. Elmore said the event, which began in 1933, is intended “to demonstrate the communications ability of the amateur radio community in simulated emergency situations.” He said there are 650,000 amateur radio licensees in the U.S. and more than 2.5 million worldwide. Ham volunteers provide emergency communications for thousands of state and local emergency response agencies, all for free, he said. “Field Day” is free and open to the public. Individuals can learn more about amateur radio at www.emergency-radio.org. Published in The Messenger 6.25.08

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