KCHS is locale for amateur radio operators’ Field Day

WORTON — Kent Amateur Radio Society will host its annual American Radio Relay League Field Day at Kent County High School from 2 p.m. Saturday, June 22 through 2 p.m. Sunday, June 23.

This is ham radio’s open house.

Every June, more than 40,000 hams throughout North America set up temporary transmitting stations in public places to demonstrate ham radio’s science, skill and service to communities and the nation — combining public service, emergency preparedness, community outreach and technical skills all in a single event.

Field Day has been an annual event since 1933 and remains the most popular event in ham radio.

It is the culmination of Amateur Radio Week sponsored by the Amateur Radio Relay League, the national association for amateur radio.

Using only emergency power supplies, radio operators — often called “hams” — will construct emergency stations in parks, shopping malls, schools and backyards around the country.

Their motto, “When all else fails, ham radio works,” is more than just words as the amateur radio operators will prove they can send messages in many forms without the use of phone systems, the internet or any other infrastructure that can be compromised in a crisis.

Learn more at www.arrl.org/field-day.

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