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Radio hams will strut their stuff June 23-24 in Plain City
(Posted June 8, 2012)
Ohio Governor John Kasich proclaimed June 23 as “Amateur Radio Operators Appreciation Day.”
The proclamation was issued in honor of the thousands of Ohio radio amateurs who have provided “valuable public assistance through emergency radio communications on a local, statewide, national and international basis in times of need.”
The proclamation recognizes the importance of the amateur radio operator’s role in preparing for public service and emergency communications and acknowledges that those radio amateurs donate their personal equipment, time and expertise to this service.
On June 23-24, Ohio radio amateurs (hams) will take part in Field Day emergency preparedness exercises together with thousands of other radio amateurs throughout the United States. The exercises involve setting up and operating an amateur radio station, often using emergency power and simulated emergency communications conditions. Once the stations are operative, the amateurs will compete with similar stations around the country. Field Day is the climax of a week-long “Amateur Radio Week” sponsored the National Association for Amateur Radio.
In addition to demonstrating traditional voice and Morse code emergency communications, many Field Day operations will include the latest communications technologies such as digital and satellite. Hams will hold public demonstrations of emergency communications capabilities during Field Day weekend.
The Madison County Amateur Radio Club will conduct its exercises at the Pleasant Valley Fire House, 650 W. Main St., Plain City, beginning at noon on June 23. The public is invited to attend and observe modern amateur radio communication at work. Radio operators will be available to answer questions. To learn more about amateur radio go to www.emergency-radio.org.
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