Ham radio event planned
Area “hams” will join with thousands of amateur radio operators who will demonstrate their emergency capabilities on June 23-24.
Lyle Amundson of the Brainerd Area Amateur Radio Club (BAARC) said that in the past the news has been full of reports of ham radio operators providing critical communications during unexpected emergencies in towns across America including the wildfires, winter storms, tornadoes, and other events world-wide. During disasters amateur radio — often called “Ham Radio” — was often the only way people could communicate, and volunteer “hams” traveled to save lives and property. Even cell phones could not be relied on. On the weekend of June 23-24, the public will have a chance to meet and talk with BAARC members to experience for themselves what the amateur Radio Service is about. According to Amundson, the best time for visitors would be on Saturday from noon until 5 p.m. Then visitors (non-hams) can talk with hams from across the nation. Code is no longer a licensing requirement. All three FCC license classes require only a written test.
Directions to the field day Site: Highway 210 from Ironton take County Road 30 north for five blocks and turn left at the Cuyuna Country State Recreation sign and follow the paved road to the Hunnington Lake Boat Landing. Now on a dirt road, continue straight past the boat landing and take the first left and go up the hill. At the end of this road is the Field Day Site. Interested persons can also follow the field day signs that will be posted at the above-mentioned intersections, or go to the ARRL web site for the Field Day Locator and type in WØUJ in the Location/Call Sign Box: then a map will come up with the exact location. The website is: http://www.arrl.org/field-day-locator/.
Lyle Amundson, the Club’s Field Day Coordinator, said: ”We again invite the public to experience ham radio’s new capabilities and learn how to get an FCC radio license. By the way, the club has yearly licensing classes.”
More information may be obtained by going to http://brainerdham.org, Click on Club Newsletter for the club’s repeater frequencies and list of current officers. Amundson can be contacted via phone: cell (218) 330-5110 or home (218) 765-3100 or by e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.