By Barbara A. Preston | June 22, 2022
Learn how to literally run a wire up a tree for an antenna, connect it to a battery-powered transmitter, and communicate anywhere in the United States and around the world.
Rocky Hill Mayor Bob Uhrik, avid ham radio enthusiast and member of the David Sarnoff Radio Club, will participate in a 24-hour ham radio day on Saturday, June 25, from 2 p.m. to 2 p.m. the following day. He invites Princeton-area residents to join the club’s event at 707 Alexander Road in West Windsor this weekend to experience and learn more about radio.
Rocky Hill Mayor Bob Uhrik
“It’s easy for anyone to pick up a computer or smartphone, connect to the internet, and communicate, without knowing how the devices work or connect to each other,” according to David Isgur of American Radio. Relay League, the national association for radio amateurs. “But if there’s a service outage or you’re out of range of a cell tower, you have no way to communicate. Amateur radio operates completely independent of internet or mobile phone infrastructure, can interface with tablets or smartphones, and can be set up almost anywhere in minutes. That’s the beauty of amateur radio during a communication failure.
“Hams can literally throw a wire up a tree for an antenna, connect it to a battery-powered transmitter, and communicate anywhere in the United States and around the world,” Isgur added.
“Hams do this by using a layer of Earth’s atmosphere as a sort of mirror for radio waves. In today’s electronic do-it-yourself (DIY) environment, amateur radio remains one of the best ways for people to learn about electronics, physics, meteorology and many other scientific disciplines, and is a tremendous asset to any community in the event of a disaster or emergency. if the standard communications infrastructure goes down,” he said.
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There are more than 725,000 licensed hams in the United States, as young as nine years old and as old as 100 years old. clubs, such as the David Sarnoff Radio Clubmake it easy for anyone to get involved right here in the Princeton area, says Mayor Uhrik.
“Anyone can become a licensed amateur radio operator,” he says. “The Field Day event is designed to introduce amateur radio to the public. Stop by and try it out.”
Since 1933, amateur radio operators across North America have established temporary amateur radio stations in public places during Field Day to showcase the science and skill of amateur radio.
For more than 100 years, amateur radio – sometimes referred to as amateur radio – has enabled people from all walks of life to experiment with electronics and communication techniques, as well as provide a free public service to their communities during a disaster or emergency, all without the need for a cell phone or the Internet. Field Day demonstrates the ability of amateur radio to operate reliably in all conditions from almost any location and to create an independent communication network. More than 35,000 people from thousands of locations across the United States participate in the national Field Day event each year.
For more information about Field Day or Amateur Radio, contact David Sarnoff Radio Club Public Relations Manager Bob Uhrik at WA2BSP@gmail.com. See additional information about Field Day and the David Sarnoff Radio Club at www.N2RE.org.