Field Day Press Release

 

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News Release

For Immediate Release

Public Demonstration of Emergency Communications June 24-25

               [your club] radio amateur operators (hams) will participate in a national emergency communications preparedness exercise on June 24 and 25.  The exercise, is known as Field Day, has been recognized by Governor Kasich and Lieutenant Governor Taylor through a proclamation of those days as “Amateur Radio Operators’ Appreciation Days”.  The proclamation recognizes the vital role played by amateur radio operators in emergency radio communications on a local, statewide, national and international basis.  Local Hams provide communications resources for everything from the local bicycle event to assisting the American Red Cross, FEMA and even the International Space Station.

The club will conduct its 2017 Field Day operations at [location], beginning at [most begin at 2:00 p.m. but there is an option under the rules] on Saturday, June 24 and operating for up to 24 hours.  The public is invited to come and see modern amateur radio technology in action.  Club members will be available to answer questions, provide literature and even help you get on the air.

Field Day is the climax of a week-long “Amateur Radio Week” sponsored by the ARRL, the National Association for Amateur Radio.  Often using only emergency power supplies, ham operators will construct emergency stations in parks, shopping malls, schools and backyards around the country.  Their slogan, “When All Else Fails, Ham Radio Works” is demonstrated by hams sending and receiving messages in many forms without the use of phone systems, internet or any other infrastructure that can be compromised in a crisis.  More than 50,000 amateur radio operators across the country participated in last year’s event.

Modern amateur radio is a fast-growing hobby and there are now over 743,000 licensed amateurs in the United States and more than 2.5 million worldwide. Through the ARRL’s Amateur Radio Emergency Service® program, volunteers provide both emergency communication for thousands of state and local emergency response agencies and non-emergency communications services to a wide variety of community organizations, all without cost to the public.

To learn more about amateur radio, go to http://www.arrl.org/emergency-radio-org .