EOC hosting ARRL Field Day this weekend

Monday, June 20, 2022

Putnam County Emergency Operations will host opportunities for amateur radio operators as part of American Radio Relay League (ARRL) Field Day events across the country.

ARRL Field Day is the single most popular on-the-air event held annually in the U.S. and Canada. Thousands of radio amateurs gather with their clubs, groups or with friends to operate from remote locations.

Field Day is a practice for emergencies, an informal contest to contact as many stations as possible and to learn to operate radio gear in abnormal situations and in less-than-optimal conditions. It is a time where many aspects of amateur radio come together to highlight its many roles.

This is an opportunity to demonstrate amateur radio to the organizations users might serve in an emergency, as well as for the general public. Amateur radio people (also called “hams”) are known for their communications support in real disaster and post-disaster situations, as well as events such as fundraisers, walk-a-thons and parades.

The day will begin at 2 p.m. Saturday with amateur license testing for all levels, with a Weak Signal Propagation Reporter (WSPR) demonstration at 6 p.m. Activities at EOC will conclude at 9 p.m. Field Day will end at 2 p.m. on Sunday.

Putnam County EOC is located at 1600 W. CR 225 South, Greencastle.

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