AARL Field Day This Weekend in Dubois County Park

Bretzville (NNDC) – The Dubois County Emergency Management Amateur Radio Operators will participate in the Amateur Radio League (ARRL) Field Day event 2 p.m. Saturday to 2 p.m. Sunday in Shelter House Number 4 at Dubois County Park.

The Field Day is a nationwide exercise that tests the amateur radio operators’ equipment and their ability to operate under adverse conditions such as those that may occur during a disaster. Amateur radio is recognized as one of the only viable communication means that would be available after a large-scale disaster. The exercise this weekend involves amateur radio operators throughout the United States and Canada who set up temporary stations, many using emergency power from generators, batteries, or solar power. From these temporary stations they try to contact as many other stations as possible around the U.S. and Canada and in other countries as well. There are over 75,000 amateur radio licenses in the U.S. and more than 2.5 million around the world.

The Dubois County group will be setting up its radio equipment and operating from Shelter House No. 4 in Dubois County Park, located behind the 4-H Fairgrounds one mile north of Bretzville on Highway 162.  The public is invited to come and participate by operating their amateur radios or watching the amateurs in operation as they communicate with stations around the country and around the world. More than 35,000 amateur radio operators across the country participated in last year’s event. For additional information on the Field Day event or on becoming a licensed amateur radio operator call 812 482-2202. More information regarding the Field Day event and over 1,000 participating sites around the nation can be viewed at http://www.arrl.org./field-day-locator.

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