Radio association plans field day

Staff report


The Mahoning Valley Amateur Radio Association will have an Amateur Radio Field Day starting at 2 p.m. June 28 and continuing to 2 p.m. June 29 at Mill Creek MetroParks Farm, 7574 Columbiana-Canfield Road.

Mahoning County radio operators or “hams,” will join thousands of other amateur radio operators across the country in showcasing their emergency capabilities. This event is the climax of the weeklong Amateur Radio Week sponsored by the American Radio Relay League, the national association for amateur radio. Using only emergency power supplies, ham operators will construct emergency stations in parks, shopping malls, schools and backyards around the country. More than 35,000 amateur radio operators across the country participated in last year’s event.

At this free event, the public can see ham radio’s new capabilities and meet and talk with the hams. There will be information on how to get a FCC radio license and a special demonstration area at which the public can get on the air.

There are more than 700,000 amateur-radio licensees in the U.S., and more than 2.5 million around the world. Through the ARRL’s Amateur Radio Emergency Services program, ham volunteers provide emergency communications for thousands of state and local emergency-response agencies and also nonemergency community services at no cost.

The Mahoning Valley Amateur Radio Association was founded in 1919. The club meets at 7 p.m. the second Thursday of every month at the Youngstown Public Library. Anyone interested in Amateur Radio may attend meetings.

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