Ham radio operators from the Falmouth Amateur Radio Association in Falmouth will participate in a national amateur radio exercise from 2 PM on Saturday, June 26, until 2 PM Sunday, June 27, at Morse Pond School.
The event is ARRL Field Day (www.arrl.org/FieldDay), an annual amateur radio activity organized since 1933 by ARRL, the national association for amateur radio in the United States. Hams from across North America ordinarily participate in Field Day by establishing temporary ham radio stations in public locations to demonstrate their skill and service. Their use of radio signals, which reach beyond borders, bring people together while providing essential communication in the service of communities.
Field Day highlights ham radio’s ability to work reliably under any conditions from almost any location and create an independent, wireless communications network. Some hams from the Falmouth Amateur Radio Association will also use the radio stations set up in their homes or take to their backyards and other locations to operate individually or with their families.
Many hams have portable radio communication capability that includes alternative energy sources such as generators, solar panels, and batteries to power their equipment. This year’s event is also noteworthy, given that a particularly active hurricane season is predicted.
During Field Day 2020, more than 18,000 hams participated from thousands of locations across North America. According to ARRL, there are more than 750,000 amateur radio licensees in the US, and estimated 3 million worldwide.