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Amateur Radio Field Day

Saturday, June 26, 2021, 9:00 PM - 1:00 AM

Amateur Radio Operators ("Hams") Practice For Emergencies On Saturday, June 26, 2021 at 2:00 p.m., the Mecklenburg Amateur Radio Society (MARS) will officially kick off the annual American Radio Relay League (ARRL) Field Day Weekend. The Mecklenburg Amateur Radio Society will base its operations at the Park on Wilgrove, 7750 Jim Harper Ln, Mint Hill, NC 28227. The radio operators will spend the next 24 hours contacting stations throughout America and Canada as they would if there was a need to relay important information on behalf of our served agencies such as the American Red Cross and Mecklenburg Emergency Management. Most stations will operate on emergency power to simulate disruptions to the power grid. During a 24-hour period, local club members will operate radios using mainly emergency power and equipment - much like hams do in countless emergencies across the country and around the world. When disasters strike, public safety professionals depend on amateur radio operators to provide auxiliary emergency communications. Despite the development of today's very complex and modern communications systems, ham radio has been called into action again and again to provide communications during disasters when it matters the most. Volunteer amateur radio operators (called "hams") also use their skills to provide communications support at community events. They provide communications coordination for bicycle events, walk-a-thons, parades, and exhibits. The Amateur Radio Service has existed for over a century. In that time, it has grown into a worldwide community of licensed operators (2.6 million-plus) using the airwaves with every conceivable means of communications technology. Hams range in age from pre-teens to grandparents. Even rocket scientists, astronauts, and a rock star or two are in the ham ranks, according to the American Radio Relay League (ARRL).

Cost: Free

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5233 Wilgrove-Mint Hill Rd.
Mint Hill, NC 28227

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