What to expect from Amateur Radio Day June 25-26



MANISTEE — Amateur radio operators are expected to gather for the annual American Radio Relay League field day event this weekend in Manistee.

Amateur Radio Operators, also known as Amateur Radio Operators, are expected to attend the event at Manistee which is held in sync with other similar field day events across the United States.

The West Michigan Repeater Association in Manistee plans to participate in the event from 2:00 p.m. Saturday to 2:00 p.m. Sunday at a remote daytime station outside of the Manistee County Sheriff’s Office located at 1525 E. Parkdale Ave.

According to a press release about the event, the annual amateur radio activity has been organized since 1933 by the American Radio Relay League.

The release said the field day event highlights the ability of amateur radio to operate reliably in a variety of conditions from almost any location and to create an independent wireless communication network.

“Hams across North America customarily participate in Field Day by establishing temporary amateur radio stations in public places to demonstrate their skills and service,” the press release read in part. “Their use of radio signals, which reach across borders, brings people together while providing essential communication to serve communities.”

Some Manistee operators also plan to use the radio stations installed in their homes or in their backyards and other places to operate individually or with their families, the release notes.

“Hams have a long history of serving our communities when storms or other disasters damage critical communications infrastructure, including cellphone towers,” the statement read. “Amateur radio operates completely independently of the Internet and telephone systems and a station can be set up almost anywhere in minutes. Hams can quickly elevate a wire antenna up a tree or on a mast, hook it up to a radio and a power source and communicate effectively with others.

During the 2021 field day, more than 26,000 operators participated from thousands of locations across North America, the league reported.

According to the league, there are more than 750,000 amateur radio licensees in the United States and approximately 3 million worldwide.

More information is available online at arrl.org/what-is-ham-radio.

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