The Newton Amateur Radio Association of Newton Iowa is a non-profit organization that started as an outgrowth the of YMCA's ham radio club established in 1937 and will be celebrating its 80-year anniversary in 2017.
Local amateur radio operators will be onsite operating continuously from 2 p.m. on Saturday until 2 p.m. on Sunday.
Despite the Internet, cell phones, email and modern communications, every year regions of the country wind up in the dark and alone. The events are open to anyone interested in learning about amateur radio, often referred to as "ham radio", and there is no cost to attend either program. Stations will be communicating with other stations across North American using Morse Code, voice and digital transmission techniques.
Field day is the fourth weekend of June of each year.
There are now over 725,000 licensed hams in the United States, from 5 to 100 years of age, and it is easy for anyone to become a licensed Amateur Radio operator.
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Field Day demonstrates amateur radio's ability to work reliably under any conditions from nearly any location and create an independent communications network. The amateur radio frequencies are the last remaining place in the usable radio spectrum where you, as an individual, can develop and experiment with wireless communications.
Summer is a great time to enjoy some hiking, maybe even with a portable ham radio station in your day pack - and Steve Hudson's book HIKING THE HOOCH is just the thing to help you discover some great hiking along the Chattahoochee River near Atlanta. The CCECPSCO also maintains radio installations at the emergency operations centers in the three counties they serve.
The Community Amateur Radio Club will hold its annual Field Day Event June 2 to 25 at the Oak Orchard Lighthouse in Point Breeze, 14357 Ontario St. Because ham radios are not dependent on the Internet, cell towers or other infrastructure, they work when nothing else is available. Brian Torr of Sonoma County Radio Amateurs has a related idea.
According to the BCRC, there are more than 725,000 licensed amateur radio operators in the U.S. Jones said amateur operators represent all walks of life, and his club boasts a membership that ranges in age from the 20s to 90.