Amateur Radio “Dials In” Emergency Tech

Before email, Facebook and cell phones there was ham radio. Amateur radio — or ham radio — as we know it today developed in the early 20th century and has grown to an estimated 2 million operators worldwide.

Members of the Southwest Missouri Amateur Radio Club (www.smarc.org) , and the Nixa Amateur Radio Club (www.nixahams.net), will participate in the national Amateur Radio Field Day exercise, this weekend, June 27-28.

Amateur Radio is the go-to communication system for pretty much every emergency response system and is what MARS (the Military Auxiliary Radio System) and ARES (Amateur Radio Emergency Service) both use, as well as many search and rescue and other emergency groups.

Many “ham operators” provide emergency communication during a disaster, all without the need of the power grid, a cell phone or the Internet.

Since 1933, ham radio operators across North America have established temporary ham radio stations in public locations during Field Day to showcase the science and skill of Amateur Radio. Over 45,000 people from thousands of locations are expected to participate.

Southwest MO ARC members will meet at the American Red Cross 1545 N. West Bypass from 1pm Saturday June 27th to 3pm Sunday June 28th.

The Nixa ARC annual Field Day event, will be located at the High Pointe Elementary School located at 900 N Cheyenne Rd in Nixa, MO. Operations begin at 12 noon on Saturday June 27th and continue through 12 noon on Sunday June 28th

These events are open to the public.

More Information about Field Day can be found at www.arrl.org/what-is-ham-radio

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